Tag: writers block

Eat Well Work Well!

Advice, Health September 5, 2011

I’ve been having some serious writer’s block for the past year…I told you it was serious.  I was having difficulties writing essays for internship, finishing my dissertation, writing my editorials for the magazine I work for, and yes even writing contemplative content for my blog.  But honestly, I have stumbled upon the cure even without intending to, that’s how some of the most amazing discoveries happen, ask a scientist.

I have been on a fast for the past week, I’m on day 9 of a 40 day fast,  where I am leaving meat and sugar out of my diet.  I also began taking an Omega-3 supplement and B-12 just to keep myself up on essential nutrients while fasting.  Well, Omaga-3 is a “brain food” and permiates into your brain where is resides mainly in the grey matter (where we do our thinking).  While in the grey matter it litterally sits between our brain cells and assists in moving along action potentials, in laymens terms it helps us think.  It also has been found to increase memory function by helping a little area in our brains called the hippocampus.

Back from my foray into nerddom, I also began maintaining a regular sleep cycle where I wake up at the same time every day, even weekends.  So today I woke up brimming with ideas and the energy to put them into action.  I don’t think there is any doubt that altering my diet and sleeping better has impacted my writter’s block.  So here’s a challange to all my readers, if you so choose, join me in my fast, begin regulating your sleep (go to bed around 10 or 11 and wake up at the same time EVERY DAY!), and let’s fill this world with our wonderful ideas.

Cupcakes

Writers Should Digest

Advice July 17, 2011

I’m working on the results and discussion sections of my dissertation, ugh…school!  But I have hit major writers block on the other 5 articles I’m working on.  That got me thinking about cures for writters block-I mean I can’t be the only one…

Calm: One creativity killer is anxiety.  When you start thinking that you’ll never write anything good enough, what will your editor think? or will my readers even like this…STOP!  No I mean it, literally picture a large stop sign in your mind reading STOP.  Take a step away, almost watch yourself work, figure out why you’re even writing in the first place.

Distract: Take some time to get away from the writers block frustration.  Make a tasty meal or go on a quick jog…anything that will help put your mind in another place.  Showers and pedicures often work for me oh and of course writing this post.

Kindness: Be nice to yourself.  There is never any reason to berate yourself.  I tell people to talk to themselves like they would a small child.  You wouldn’t tell a child “you’re so stupid,” “you can’t write at all,” “You’ll never fisish this.”

Inspiration: Find something that inspires you, a location, a person, a color, or a song.  Just allow it to take you over completely.

I hope this was helpful back to my writing UGH!!!