I’ve been obsessively writing anything & everything since I was a little kid. Carrying an endless amount of notebooks with me everywhere, jotting down notes & stories. I love writing, with my heart and soul. But sometimes the resistance sets in, sometimes writing is the toughest thing I can do. Sometimes I just need an extra little something, something real & soulful to get myself going.
These are my 17 sure fire ways to add the sublime spark to writing.
1. This will end up being my 1st tip for most every 17 ways post, but it’s ultra important, so do it! State your intention before beginning your writing session. This creates a clear sense of purpose & gives your subconscious a working problem to solve which will make everything you do start to become infused with self magic. So state an intention!
2. Don’t let lack of ritual ever stop you from doing anything, but with that said, feel free to develop a writing ritual for an added oomph of sacred! Light a candle or some incense, choose writing music (jazz or classical maybe? hip hop? electro funk? disco?). Pick out a perfect pen & notebook. Write at the same time everyday at the same place (again, don’t let that limit you!). Make a special writing potion (like tea or coffee or absinthe or whatever speaks to you..)
3. Keep your writing space clear of everything but the essentials: pen, paper, related project materials, & maybe a crystal or that candle for good vibes.
4. Writing can be a form of active meditation. Try stream of consciousness writing, dance while writing, smoke a little beforehand, just be present in the moment & no matter what is written, it’ll be perfect & exactly what’s meant to be written.
5. Add some art & photographs to your writing! The brain thinks differently when it’s thinking in images– but images aren’t only good for stirring up your brain, they can also inspire ideas for topics to write & think about, & add extra flourish to your work.
6. I’ve always hated editing because I feared it took away from the creative originality of writing. Now I understand the value of editing. It’s all apart of the creative process. Editing is about polishing & refining, playing with your words & thoughts until they glow perfect with intention. So don’t fear editing! (Bonus tip: Have a solid editing workflow. I like to print my writing & cross out & highlight by hand. Reading it out loud is good too. I also use Scrivener to organize & edit all my writing).
7. Who are your writing idols? Modern bloggers like Gala Darling or Danielle LaPorte? Novelists & philosophers like Kerouac, Salinger, Montaigne, Tom Robbins, Vonnegut? Analyze what it is you like about them, the style of their writing? Their work ethic or how they live their lives? How can you emulate those qualities into your writing/workflow/lifestyle? How can you blend characteristics of all your favorite writers to become uniquely you?
9. Shake it up! What style do you normally write in? Blog posts? Science fiction? Romance? Well shake up your brain by trying a completely unfamiliar genre. (& who knows, maybe you’ll become a really brilliant sci fi poet).
10. Writing is a sacred act! Write as if every word that flows out is a cosmic prayer or universal sacrament. Write because it’s LIFE.
11. Participate in Nanowrimo (during any month!). Even though cranking a novel out in a month is tough & most likely wont produce the best work, it’s a really fun exercise that challenges the mind, stretches the imagination, & will give you a really satisfying sense of accomplishment.
12. Write in nature. Working in a different environment can be mentally stimulating & working outside can feel really good. The fresh air, flowers blooming or leaves changing color, noticing the patterns in nature, will all help the process. Try writing under a full moon, next to the vastness of the ocean or sitting on the forest floor. Don’t underestimate the power of the earth when it comes to creative genius
13. Scent your paper with essential oils or perfume to tantalize your senses. Scent is the sense most linked to memory, so let’s say this particular perfume reminds you of your best friend & that makes you feel really happy– spray your paper (lightly) with that perfume & breathe in that happy feeling every time you write.
14. Lifestream! Lifestreaming is basically writing digital spells of abundance & gratitude & positivity & any other joyous vibes. Check out Jessica Mullen, the guru of lifestreaming, for more information.
15. If you KNOW you are the universe, then rest easy, the universe will be writing through you. It’s a creative act & all creative acts stem from the primordial creative energy of the life. So it’s all good, relax & write with the power of the universe on your side.
16. This is my favorite magic tip! Make it be easy! Write because it’s fun & feels good & because you want to! Beyond that, set yourself up for success. I’m more likely to publish my writing if I have it all typed up, as opposed to letting all my handwritten notes & articles pile up. Develop systems to make the process easier! Have a collection of posts written & edited so on days when you just can’t get anything done, you’ll still have something to share. Whatever you can do to make the whole process easier, then do it!
17. Follow whatever interests you. Endlessly seek what inspires you. Take notes on anything that sparks your curiosity. Never stop learning– the more you know, the more you have to write about, the more detail you have to enrich your writing, the more you know, the more connections you can make between ideas.
Writing can set you free, but often what sets us free takes the most out of us. These are my go-to ideas on how to infuse my writing life with creative zest, sustain my spark & make magic happen!
What ways of adding magic have you come up with? Writing specific or general creative magic, I’d love to hear them all!