Maureen Kauzlarich

Children's Author

Be a Mindful Writer

Mindfulness is a habit we can all learn. It means to be attentive about something on purpose. To be a mindful writer means to think about writing on purpose. For those that have a lot of other things going on in life, focusing on writing and finding the time to write is hard. Here are some ways to be mindful of your writing life:


In the Morning 

Let’s say you’re not a morning writer. That’s fine, but at least thinking about writing in the morning is integral to the writing life. Practice mindfulness by remembering that you would like to write that day. When to do this? When you lay in bed for that extra five minutes on snooze is a great time. There’s also in the shower, while brushing your teeth, and when you’re waiting on that coffee to brew. Thinking about writing in the morning will set the tone for the day. It will kick the gears in motion to start thinking about times available to write, which goes to the next topic.


Throughout the Day

You’re either a stay-at-home parent, work a full-time job, or you can’t seem to get started with writing when you have all the time in the world. Think about opportunities throughout the day. If you work a day job, write on your lunch break or on your phone when you have five minutes here or there. Have a good note-taking app or a small notebook with you. Same with parents. Baby fell asleep? Kids are finally playing quietly? Grab something and write, even if you only get a minute. Those minutes throughout the day add up. Oh, and if you happen to have a limitless amount of time the next topic is for you.



Writing down your intentions to write will work wonders. Whether you do it first thing in the morning, right before bed, or in the middle of the day right before you want to write. It gives a signal to the brain saying, “Hey you! Wake up! This is what I want to get done!” But don’t stress out about it, otherwise your brain will want to procrastinate. Trick the brain by saying, “I’m only going to write a few sentences” or “I only need to write for a minute” which brings us to the next topic.


Timing Yourself 

Sometimes your brain needs to feel like it’s part of a competition. Your opponent? Time. By setting up a timer it triggers that fight or flight response in your brain and makes it think it’s go time. Flex those brain muscles! Want to make it playful? Get one of those sand timers. Then your mind thinks what your doing is a game. (And it better be fun!) The next topic is super fun.



Say you will in a selectively positive message. Saying the same uplifting sentence over and over will do wonders for your mind, spirit, and body. Suddenly your relaxed and your focus is sharp. What are some good writing affirmations? Any sentence that uses only positive words like, “I am a great writer!” or “I will write today and it will be awesome!” Be bold and do not add any negative words to your sentence. For example, “I will maybe write today and it will not be so bad.” Your brain will focus on the negative words “maybe” and “bad” so always think positively!



In summary:

How to be a mindful writer? By thinking about writing! Finding the right times to be mindful of writing is important. Also, finding ways to tell your mind to write at specific times is critical for a mindful writer. Sometimes it takes a little bit of coaxing the brain, but in the end you’re building the writing life you want. So, what are you waiting for? Exercise those mind muscles today!

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