Making Time to Write

timedistortion_200There are two really common reasons why authors get writer’s block.

The first is a lack of inner confidence about their writing ability.

The second is a belief that they simply don’t have the time to write.

The blocks caused by lack of confidence can be caused by an innocent criticism of something written earlier – like an essay that got a black mark at school perhaps.

These types of blocks are something we deal with in my Unleash the Book workshop and Home Study course.  The solution is to identify the old gestalts and replace them with new patterns that are much more useful.  Note though that this doesn’t mean deleting bad memories though as these are useful source material for a writer.

To deal with the second type of block, there are many excellent books on how to improve your time management.  One I specifically recommend for authors is Time Management for Dummies by Clare (no relation) Evans.

Books like this are brilliant at pointing out where you can claw back time by better managing your day.  Additionally, I would like to propose a more lateral and fundamental approach to time management – and that’s to change the perceived speed of time itself.

Now this might seem far fetched, or in the realms of Doctor Who or Back to the Future, but scientists are coming to the conclusion that our reality – our space and time – are linked to our consciousness.  In fact, it’s more accurate to say that it’s our very consciousness that actually creates our reality.  So all you need to do to change time is to make a change in your consciousness.

I am sure you have heard about athletes who have been “in the zone” – a sort of timeless place – or perhaps you have had a light bulb moment where in less than a second, you get a flash of inspiration – a whole picture for a new idea.  If you were able to MRI scan your brain at this moment, you would see both the right and left hemispheres light up in synchronism.  For that split second you were Whole Brain (or even Whole Mind) Thinking.  A brain scan would show that your brain was generating alpha and probably even theta waves.

Now you can access this state while meditating. When I mention this to authors, their first reaction is that they don’t have time to meditate.  I know it sounds counter-intuitive but I can testify that 20-30 minutes meditation before a writing session will deliver not only the time back by a factor of 3 or 4 but also much better quality writing.

“But I can’t make my mind go quiet,” is normally the next protest swiftly followed by, “I’d like to meditate but I don’t have time to learn how.”

Myebook - Unleash Your Book Inside with Meditation Machines - click here to open my ebookWell, if you hear yourself saying this, help is now at hand.  You don’t need necessarily to enter an ashram for two months. Although, if you did, it might well be time well spent …

Meditation machines are now available that help get you into both alpha and theta states.  I have been using a for over a year now and even though I am reasonably adept at meditation, I can testify that they really do work.

I’ve written a free companion guide for users of meditation machines to specifically help authors through writer’s block and to tap into their creative muse …

… you can access it online here

After a few weeks of use, you will even find it easier to enter the meditative state without a machine and while you are in what is normally thought of as the waking state.

For a writer, this become significant as time seems to stretch out so that in a single hour you write what would normally take a whole morning or afternoon.

The benefits to your productivity are therefore immense and you will be amazed at your output in all areas of your life.  People who have used machines even get comments of how well they look.

So, if you’d like to take the time to try a meditation machine, they are available from Meditations UK on a 30 day money back guarantee …

http://www.meditations-uk.com/main/choose_meditation_machine.html

Addendum:

I’ve just finished reading Steven Taylor’s excellent book called Making Time – it explains in great detail on how this all works and how you can start to control time to your advantage.

More details here …

Creative Writing with Meditation Machines

Apocryphally Salvador Dali used to put a spoon under his elbow around siesta time. We he nodded off and it clattered to the floor, he’d awaken and paint what was on ‘his mind’.

Nowadays artists, writers and musicians can use modern technology in the form of Meditation Machines to achieve the same result in a much more controlled manner.

Tom Evans is using meditation machines to teach authors how to get their conscious minds out of the way so that they can tap into their unconscious mind and the collective consciousness.

Many people have experienced this mode of thinking as a light bulb moment. The easiest and cheapest way to tap into so-called light bulb moments is to meditate regularly. For many people though the thought of meditating each day though seems like an anathema in their modern day lives. How can you waste 20-30 minutes of an already busy day?

In actual fact regular meditation makes the rest of your day go so well that you can save hours of time and it has been proven to extend life expectancy too. You will get the time invested back in spade fulls.

That said, many people have trouble getting their mind to be quiet and might not know when they are actually in a deep meditative state. This is where using a  Meditation Machine comes in.

Using a progressive programme of gentle exercises, the user is taken into deeper and deeper states from waking beta to relaxing alpha and deeper theta induction.

In the latter state, where the brain is in theta, the mind is connected with the collective consciousness and creativity just flows.

“Using these techniques, I have got students to come up with the most amazing titles for their books and to get whole chapters as a complete vision in one session,” says Tom. “The resulting productivity is amazing.”

Writer’s block becomes a thing of the past and associated fears of rejection and unworthiness seem to dissipate like magic too as a bonus. Getting better sleep and other health benefits make it a no-brainer.

While it is common for most meditation to occur with eyes closed, the Mind Spa machine also allows you to enter the meditative state with your eyes open. This equivalent state is one you can enter while out walking – but you can be working at your computer at the time on your best seller.

“The brilliant thing about meditation machines is that you can use them at any time during the day for a quick top up or injection of inspiration,” says Tom, “and they are useful for experienced and non-experienced meditators.”

Get a meditation machine today on a 30 day guaranteed money back trial – & I guarantee you won’t be sending it back – http://www.meditations-uk.com/main/choose_meditation_machine.html

This blog was even written just after a meditation light alpha relaxation session.

Most thoughts aren’t your own …

Find out and experience the difference between internal and external thought by getting one of the last three places at the next Unleash the Book Inside workshop on the 20th & 21st of October – near Guildford, Surrey – UK

You will experience at least three different modes of consciousness and thinking that will transform your world forever … as well as …

… experiencing what happens when you integrate mind maps directly into your neurology

… experiencing the difference between internal and external thought and how to channel

… finding out how you can access all past emotions with detachment and disassociation

… learning how to become inextricably entangled with the future version of yourself who has achieved success as a published author

If you can’t make it, your second best option is to download the home study course

Details on both here – http://thebookwright.com/workshops/

How to become a ‘Laidback Writer’

Old typewriterYou have probably seen a scene in a film or TV where a writer’s bashing away on an old typewriter, frustratingly tearing out page after page and crushing it up before trying to curl it into an over-flowing waste basket. Later in the same film, they are cursing the gods as yet another rejection letter comes in from a publisher who doesn’t realise how brilliant the writer is.

Such images from our formative years can get imprinted on our unconscious mind and lead to behaviours that can reinforce this kind of stereotype.

It’s high time though to cast out that ‘old scene’ and introduce a new paradigm. Writing and getting published has never been easier.

Firstly, let’s deal with what, to many, may seem the hard part – getting published.

Nowadays, anybody can be a published author, for free, pretty much instantly. To get going, all you need is a blog site or something like a YouTube or YouPublish account. Write a few posts, craft an ebook or record a podcast or a video, upload it and you are, in my book anyway, a ‘published author’.

If your ebook is any good and it’s deserving of seeing the light of day in print, you can submit it to one of the many print on demand services, like Lulu, and you really become a published author overnight. Better still, use an assisted publisher like Authorhouse and your book can be available all over the planet via Internet retailers, and in book shops, in just a few months.

There is no guarantee that what you’ve written though will sell or inspire. This is where becoming a ‘laidback writer’ comes in.

When words and concepts just flow, you know that they are going to hit the mark with your readers. If you are stuck with your writing, you can almost guarantee it won’t scan well for a reader. If you have ever experienced a light bulb moment, you will know what I mean. You get the whole picture and vision in one go and can’t seem to get it down on paper fast enough.

Many people think that such light bulb moments are random and can’t be controlled. Well, with training and minimal discipline, you can have them daily or better still, tap into them on demand.

Light bulb moments actually happen when you are ‘not thinking’ – perhaps you are daydreaming or sometimes they occur in the gap between waking and sleeping. These points in our daily cycle have the rather pompous names of hypnagogic and hypnopompic.

Salvador Dali used them for his inspiration around siesta time. He’d balance a spoon under his elbow on the edge of a desk. It would clatter on the floor when he nodded off and he would instantly awaken and paint what was ‘on his mind’.

You can become a laidback writer in a more controlled manner and less dramatically through meditation.

What you find when meditating regularly is that you become attuned to inspirations and messages that have not necessarily come from your conscious mode of thinking. In time, you can even start a meditation with a request for specific information or a random inspiration. You will be delivered a real gem, or seed, from which springs forth a whole chapter of a book or an article – like this one.

Remember that meditation takes many forms and you can meditate with your eyes open and while walking. The morning or afternoon dog walk for me proves to be a great way of generating that sometimes elusive next chapter – and you are getting exercise and fresh air.

The ultimate way to work is to write while actually in a meditative state. This takes some practice. It is sometimes called channelling, as it appears that the writer is ‘out of the loop’. Nothing is further from reality as the writer is creating the loop and the flow.

By the way, channelling doesn’t necessarily mean you are communicating with departed Souls or the angelic realms. Rather than you are tapping into the collective consciousness, sometimes known as the holographic or cosmic mind. I like to think that this flow involves a connection in a sort of ‘Back to the Future-type way’ to the ‘future you’ that knows the words that you are yet to write.

Sleeping ladyIf the thought of meditating each day seems like a waste of time in your busy calendars, there is another and perhaps more relaxed way to become a ‘laidback writer’.

Most people enter a type of meditative state daily called sleep. With some practice and a simple memory technique, you can also dream to order too. Again whole chapters and insights come in dreams. Many scientific ‘discoveries’ have come this way. The German organic chemist, Kekulé, postulated the benzene ring structure after dreaming of a snake biting its own tail.

How laid back is that?

We teach these techniques and more on his Unleash the Book Inside workshops and home study courses – details here

    & if you can’t remember your dreams, then download a free guide here.

    Using Meditation to Unleash the Book Inside

    They say there’s a book in everyone but, for most people, the thought of writing a book is so daunting they simply never start. Another reason people don’t pick up their pen is because they think they don’t have the time.

    There is a way though. The human mind is so powerful that your book can virtually write itself without your conscious control – and even while you sleep.

    The key lies in tapping into the collective consciousness through the practice of regular meditation.

    At first, in a time pressured world, adding 10 to 20 minutes of meditation time to your daily schedule is somewhat counter intuitive, especially if you are planning to add the writing a book to your task list as well. Yet by meditating each day for only 10-20 minutes, you learn how ‘not to think’ at all and you start to unleash untapped creativity trapped inside you. Just a week or so is enough to get amazing results and the benefits start to pay back in regained time in all aspects of your life.

    Through the practice of quietening the conscious mind you receive your guiding motivation and start to manifest situations and information in your ‘real life’ to assist you in your writing. In time, the whole process becomes effortless and you find that words come to you without you having to make any conscious intervention. At this point, you become a channeller.

    This doesn’t mean you are channelling spirits or angels – you can get very specific and with a little training, you can channel your future self and actually find the words you haven’t quite written yet.

    I discovered the ability to do this when I started to write a novel a couple of years ago on the latest thinking in cosmology. I had only been meditating for a few months before I started.

    My research into the novel inevitably took me into the field of consciousness. It was becoming clear to me that a better model of the Universe was that it existed because of consciousness of all things and not that consciousness was a phenomenon caused by the Universe.

    Download the full article here [PDF – 120kB]

    Also see the blog on How to be a Laidback Writer

    Using a Meditation Machine to aid creativity

    Before I started meditating, I thought it was a waste of time. As a busy person, I couldn’t afford to waste even 10 minutes during a day. Now I’ve been doing it for nearly 2 years, I feel I can’t afford not to do it – the benefits to my health, my demeanour AND my creativity are just immense.

    Personally, I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to meditation and I had a great teacher who showed me some really easy breathing and mind control techniques. I realise that not everyone finds it easy to go into a meditative state, although anyone who is engrossed in a film or Coronation Street has experienced one. If you ever got home in your car and couldn’t remember your journey, you have been in some sort of trance.

    If you find meditation hard, then help is on hand. A good friend of The Bookwright, Ivor Murray of Meditations UK supplies a marvellous range of meditation machines.

    Mind SpaI’ve got a Mind Spa machine and find it really useful if I ever need an extra boost of creativity – OR if we have house guests and I need to block out external noise !

    If you are starting to write a book, or any creative process, then I highly recommend it.

    Apart from its benefits from a generative perspective, it is good for reducing stress, insomnia and even helping with other medical conditions such as blood pressure (don’t stop taking the pills though without consulting your doctor)

    You can get hold of a machine with a cast iron 30 day money back scheme so what’s to lose ???

    More details on Ivor’s site here …