Writing Process

NaNoWriMo Mindful Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Mindful Writing Tips

We have a body not just a mind, and a clear, focused writing mind needs a relaxed, healthy body to keep it going. So firstly, we can bring more awareness to the body whilst we’re writing, taking a mindful pause to check-in briefly now and then and see what’s happening. 

Mindfulness of the body for writing minds

Mindfulness of the body for writing minds

Sometimes, by the end of a writing day, I can feel like I’m nothing more than a brain that thinks, a pair of eyes (overly large) that stare at a screen, and two sets of fingers – glued to a keyboard. I get the image of some lamp-eyed creature, a writing lemur, perhaps, with prehensile fingers splayed over keys. If it’s been a particularly intensive session, then those fingers can be quite sore and achy too. Yes, like many writers, I suffer from RSI. And yes, like many writers, I can get so caught up in my writing that I forget that I have a body and not just a mind that writes. So how can mindfulness help writing bodies?

Why mindfulness and writing go together

Why mindfulness and writing go together

When we write we get up-close-and-personal with the contents of our heads on a regular basis. Indeed as writers, we’re doing what mindfulness meditators do. In fact you could say – since mindfulness and writing are both creative, flowing activities requiring commitment, creativity and a mind that’s focused, fluid and flexible – that writers are naturally gifted mindfulness practitioners. That’s the good news.