Does the thought of writing cause you anxiety? Are you afraid start or finish what you’ve started?
Chances are you have built up toxic thoughts about writing to an extent that they have become powerful enough to leave you ‘paralyzed’ or immobile at the thought of putting down words on the page.
Alright, let’s work on your problem.
The first thing you should do is forget about your writing project. Imagine you have no writing task to work on.
We are going to wipe your mental slate clean of some seemingly harmless self-defeating thoughts.
You can do this mentally, but I would recommend you do it physically to see quick results.
You’ll need to work on pen and paper. Take a clean sheet of white paper and have a blue/black pen ready along with a red pen.
Write down the first negative thought that comes to mind when you think of writing.
My sentences don’t come out well.
Now, take out the red pen and cross it out.
My language isn’t good enough.
I’m not sure if I can finish this piece of writing.
Cross that out. Write all the negative thoughts that are stopping you in your tracks.
Cross the sentences in such a way that you can’t see them. Imagine these are the sentences written on the slate of your mind and see them disappearing.
An alternative method would be to use the pencil and erase method.
Write those same sentences in pencil. Then erase the sentences until you’re left with a clean sheet of paper.
Now hold the paper above your eyes and tell yourself this how your mind should look like when you sit down to write.
Do that every day before you start writing. It won’t take you more than five minutes and you’ll start your writing day with a positive feeling.