“I just can’t seem to focus…I know what I want to write (in fact, I see my characters running around in my head whenever I’m out and about), but when I finally get a chance to sit down, I seem to find anything to do BUT write”
“I wish I could write, but I just can’t concentrate right now. To be honest, my partner and I have been fighting a bit and it’s just throwing everything off. I guess part of me feels like my writing time is taking away from my relationship, so maybe I should just focus on my partner right now.”
“Between work, the kids’ sport, school activities and everything else, I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open by the time I get a few minutes to myself. I have stayed up late a few nights to do my writing, but then I am so exhausted the next day I have to get a nap, and then don’t get any writing done.”
They sound like different issues, different personal hurdles. But I’ve begun to recognise a pattern among the writers and creatives I’ve worked with over the years. All of the blocks to true creative flow have come down to one word: CHAOS.
Wait, what?!?! What do I even mean by that?
When I say chaos, think of something like a hurricane. How easy is it to feel your way through a story when there is a storm throwing things all around you, distracting you at best and activating intense anxiety and fear at worst?
Yeah, not so easy.
The ONLY block I’ve found to creative flow is chaos.
For years in my coaching I have been used to dealing with chaos of the MIND (Mindset) and even chaos of the SPIRIT (Emotional/Relational), but only recently I have discovered the importance of supporting creatives with chaos of the BODY (Physical). What a revelation!!
Once you bring awareness to how you might be challenged in any of these 3 areas, you can start to make the small shifts that allow you to unlock that flow you’ve been longing to feel.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more about how blocks in each of these areas might manifest, some ideas about what YOU can do to shift things in your favour and, ultimately, share some of the breakthroughs that my writers experience every day.
Sure, it’s possible to write through a storm, but you’re less likely to be happy with what you produce…and even less pleased with how it feels to do it!