Writing is easy when you leave it to your subconscious mind. Think of your subconscious mind as your inner librarian.
Colin Wilson, in his book Access to Inner Worlds, says: “The (inner) library contains detailed recordings of everything that has ever happened to us, and these can be recombined in any order… We catch a glimpse of this inventiveness in dreams… but these are obviously some kind of a random selection. Our inner librarian does his best work when we ASK FOR his cooperation. "
This is a useful insight. Try it out - ask your inner librarian to help you with a specific writing task, and he/ she/it will happily do so. You'll find that there's a time lag when you do this. It's best to leave at least a few hours between your request, and the writing. Barbara Cartland famously used to ask for the plot of her next book as soon as she finished one, and A COMPLETE plot was ready for her the next day.
=> The pro writer's secret to accessing the subconscious: use improvs
You can access your subconscious on command. Each morning, sit down, and whether you feel like it or not, start writing. In the morning, you're close to your unconscious, and it's got a lot to say.
Improvs give you an idea of how this works. With an improv, you’re not struggling, you're not straining, the words just emerge, and you write them down. Improvs are easy writing exercises.
Here's an improv:
Write 100 words using these three words: Card, Bikini, Run.
Choose three words from that, then write another 100 words including those three words.
Keep going, if you like, and pick another three words from your improv.
Easy, wasn't it? That's because your subconscious mind did the work.
=> Improvising your way through writer's block
Improvs are a sure cure for writer's block.
If you're blocked, spend 21 days writing a short (no longer than 200 words) improv each day.
You'll feel ready and raring to write long before the three weeks is up, however the key to this process is to keep it going for at least 21 days.
The idea of the 21 days is that you're developing the habit of sitting down and writing to order. You're training your unconscious mind that when you say “write" to yourself it sends up the words immediately.
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