Blog, build a platform, know your audience – these are just some of the things writers are inundated with on a daily basis. There is just so much information to take in, it’s little wonder we unpublished writers get confused and wonder what we’re taking on. I know there have been many times I have had to take some time away from my computer in order to help my sanity. With all this noise, I was finding my muse was beginning to fade into the background.
Now with the start of another year of NaNoWriMo, we need our muses more than ever. Don’t you sometimes wish you can just write? In order to help find our muses, we need to drown out the noise.
Here are five ways to go about it:-
- Prioritise your life. Ask yourself what are the most important issues in your life right now? Focus on these; everything else can wait. Try to remove any unnecessary clutter in your life.
- Walk/meditation. Exercise and getting back to nature can be very beneficial. Take time to be alone and gather your thoughts; close your eyes, think about your senses and help clear your mind.
- Listen to music. Like walking and meditation, music can help clear your mind and can also be a great source of inspiration to your muse.
- Switch off the news. Let’s face it; watching the news from around the world can be rather depressing. Because we have so much going on in our own lives, do we really need to know all the ills of the world to help bring us down emotionally? Tune in once in a while online, and then get off.
- Spend less time on the internet and social networks. We are given too much information at our fingertips. Weed out only the information you need, give yourself a certain amount of time each day and then get off.
And the best thing about NaNoWriMo is to forget all about perfection – a great opportunity for your muse to take over!
Are you drowning in too much noise? What do you do to help bring back the muse? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?
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