The Importance of Clearing Your Mind

 

I talk a lot about having days when the words just won’t flow and having other days when the words won’t stop. But one thing I want to stress, and need to remind myself of daily, is that it’s important to step back and just clear your mind. Don’t think about any current projects, don’t work on coming up with new ideas, don’t worry about whether or not you’ve made any recent achievements. Just step away and do something different.

I just got home from a much-needed mini-vacation. My husband and I took off for the weekend and played on our motorcycles. We went to a bike rally in Colorado and hung out with about 400 other enthusiasts. It was a blast. I didn’t think about my life as a writer. I just enjoyed time with friends and family, rode my bike and got some wind in my hair, and just enjoyed the fact that I was alive. It was the most therapeutic thing I’ve done in almost 2 years.

I know you’re probably thinking “so”. Well, here’s the thing. When I came back home, I looked at all my works with fresh eyes. I noticed inconsistencies in some of my stories I hadn’t noticed before. I rearranged some stuff, got rid of a lot of fluff, and did it all without it feeling forced. It was amazing.

I have to admit that I’m not the most organized writer on the planet. As a Virgo, this really freaks some people out. We’re supposed to be extremely detail-oriented and on top of everything. Well, I’m not one of those people. I come up with all these ideas, but they tend to overlap each other and before I know it, I can’t make sense of anything. That’s usually when I get frustrated and start to screw things up. But stepping away and clearing my mind seems to help. I can see where I need to make changes and where I need to keep things the way they are.

I know I should create something to help me stay more organized, but I never seem to be able to keep up with it. I’ve tried keeping track of stuff in notebooks, tried keeping things written on a calendar, and have even tried setting rigid deadlines for myself. Nothing seems to work. So I just keep winging it and hope for the best. I’m sure I’ll have many more setbacks, but it’s what seems to work best for me.

I had a blast on my little vacation and now I’m ready to get back to work. My brain needed the diversion and my soul needed the inspiration. I was beginning to feel stale again and losing my focus. A simple trip away from home and I feel like a new person. I’ve already finished up 2 small projects and in process of creating something new. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out or where I’ll end up, but I do know that I’ll have a blast getting there.

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Image by Love Art. Live Art. from Pixabay

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