The Bookish Fox

The #1 Thing Writers Forget to Do

You want to know the most important thing authors forget to do when they sit in front of the computer to write?

Breathe.

Okay. You are probably wondering what the heck that has to do with writing. I mean, sure, breathing is important to surviving, which is kind of crucial for writing, but what does it directly have to do with it?

Everything.

You see, breathing does more than keeping a writer physically alive. It also keeps her creativity alive. If you aren’t breathing, you are probably suffocating your imagination.

It means the “gremlin” thoughts are taking over. You know the ones:

  • My parents are going to judge me for this steamy scene.
  • Yuck! This sentence is terrible.
  • Who am I to write a book? I have nothing useful to say.
  • I am going to get terrible reviews.

The list goes on. When anxiety takes over, creativity cannot flourish. And where there is no creativity, there is no writing.

How do you beat this anxiety? Well, the simplest way is to breathe. You can Google breathing exercises to get some great ones. You can also:

  • Take a walk.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Call a friend.
  • Watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
  • Meditate.
  • Exercise.

The list goes on. The point is: don’t let your anxiety stop your writing. Beat it by breathing.

Do you need someone to help you take a breath and beat those gremlins? I am your gal. 

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