*8Things: Mantras For Writers

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You guys, I am so depressed. Seriously, the last three days I have barely gotten out of bed. The winter is kicking my ass. And yet, everyday, I write. What are the mantras you say to get you thru the resistance? Do tell!

*8 Mantras for Writers

1) hello resistance. hope you’ll be going along soon.
2) you can show up at the page.
3) breathe the next breath, write the next word.
4) you don’t have to be first or best, just creating is worth it.
5) your story matters, sing it from the rooftops.
6) shitty first drafts are writing.
7) everything counts: outlining, drafting, editing.
8) any writing is enough for today.

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magpiegirl March 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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TheSoulReporter March 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm

@magpiegirl bend and stretch through the resistance. Do it anyway.

rowena March 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Ugh. I have been so chock full of resistance, exhaustion, depression and blahness that I have not been able to make room for any creating. Winter, illness, bad moods… all conspiring…. oh okay, more excuses. I should do some 8 things for breaking through.

I’ll mr linky if I manage.

Steffi March 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I can so relate to your depression. And I’m sorry you’re feeling it because it sucks.

I’m not sure if I’ve got mantras in that sense but I tell myself:

1) Just write one sentence and you’ll have done your work for today. Every sentence more is gravy.
2) You know you’ll feel less depressed after writing.
3) You know you’ll feel like an achiever after writing.
4) Writing is healing.
5) Writing is fun.
6) I love writing.
7) Forget yourself and write.
8) You don’t have to do anything. Just listen and move your hand across the paper.

Sending Spring thoughts and love! ♥

Rebecca March 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Thanks for this, Rachelle. I really enjoyed participating and coming up with my own 8 Mantras. They are a little windy (as is often the case – once I sit down and actually start writing there’s no stopping me!), so I’ll only post the first one here:
1) Look back through your recent work and acknowledge how much you have actually accomplished, even during what feels like a fallow period.

I hope that some of the brighter (though still mighty cold) weather we have been enjoying in England will eventually make its way to Denmark. Everything is late here, after a long, hard winter, but the few flowers that have made their way through the cold earth look especially beautiful. Spring is coming…

Sue March 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I have that “all writing is writing”mantra too.

It’s so strange to me that in Winter when I feel my worst, and I feel like I’m pedalling in one spot, I actually write more than I do in Summer, which is what I am just coming out of now. Strange! :)

J.renee March 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Have you read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield? It has been saving my life this month.

“Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.”

“The woking artist banishes from her world all sources of trouble. She harnesses the urge for trouble and transforms it in her work.”

“The proffesional dedicates himself to mastering tecnique not because he belives technique is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when inspiration does come.”

Jennifer/The Word Cellar March 12, 2010 at 3:05 am

Apparently you and I are on the same “resistance & depression” program. Misery in company, maybe? I posted about this resistance thing just yesterday. But my new favorite advice is your #6: “shitty first drafts are writing.” Amen to that, sister.

Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman March 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

We need a world-wide ‘resistance and depression reduction program’–we all seem to be suffering from the same thing…

I am so there w you.

The Heartful Blogger March 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

It’s helped me to realise that resistance is part of the creative process. Some days what I need is a kick up the butt and a “Just get on with it!”

Other days, I need to crawl under my covers, spend the day in pyjamas, drink lots of tea and just allow myself to be “lazy”. That’s part of the creative process too. I guess I should have added one more mantra and that is: Be Kind To Yourself.

Tara Mohr March 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Well….I’m having a little trouble pulling myself a way from reading posts and twitter this morning….so I’m going to use this little exercise as a way to get into writing mode…I think my 8 would be.

1. Tara, remember, you love writing.
2. It will feel much better once you start.
3. It will feel really good once you finish.
4. You’ve never sat down to write and regretted it.
5. Do I need to remind you again? You LOVE writing.
6. What if life has something important to reveal to you through writing today?
7. What if the muse has already drank her latte and gotten all ready and is now waiting on you to open up on blank page?
8. Life is short. Now is the time.


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