How to bring juice to your writing – 3 easy steps
Imagine the scene, you get up an hour earlier because you are committed to writing the next chapter of your book, and then nothing, nada, zilch. You stare at the screen and a few words later you decide this is not a good day to be writing. In fact, everything in your life feels like a dried up old rag. The best thing you conclude is to close the lid on your notebook, grab a coffee and a biscuit and contemplate your navel.
Let’s imagine another scene. You wake up and grab your 500ml of water and drink it before rising. The feeling of water rushing through your body first thing in the morning brings forth a rush of ideas as your body and brain respond to being hydrated. You stretch and wonder what little gems will fall from your fingers today. Three months ago you were struggling with writing this book. Nothing flowed, in fact, it all felt a little constipated.We’ll talk about the constipated writer another day.
Your lovely writing coach (that’s me btw) suggested that you start to drink water. You argued with her at first, you’d heard that drinking anything was as good as drinking water and anyway you already drink water. Yeah, and pigs might fly…
Surprisingly although you didn’t want to believe her, you found that drinking water consciously made a big difference. That stuck I can’t write feeling went away, you were eating less, and other parts of your body were also doing rather well. More importantly, your writing became juicy, full and flowing.
Water, the Brain and writing
The brain is roughly 70% water, and it needs to stay nourished. The brain needs water and other nutrients, one of which is glucose, to stay nourished and functioning. When the balance of nourishment in the brain is diminished then all of you is diminished. It’s no good arguing that you feel fine, it will catch up with you.
In his book, The bodies many cries for water Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj talks about the role that dehydration plays in promoting dis-ease in the body. His message is that water is essential to good health.
The message is clear, water is one of the cornerstones of life. It is certainly a key element in helping you to think clearly managing your energy and the flow of your writing.
If you do nothing else today, read these drinking rules and take action. Your body, soul and writing will thank you for it.
Step 1 – simple drinking rules
- Start slowly and build up
- Get two containers of 500ml and use these as your water bottles
- At bedtime take one to bed
- When you wake up, drink your first 500ml. This will help to flush your body and kick-start your day. Don’t gulp it, drink it steadily as you come aware and awake
- Drink your next one 30 minutes before breakfast; this will hydrate your digestive system (1 litre)
- Fill your bottles again
- Wait at least 60 minutes after eating breakfast before drinking again. Between breakfast and lunch drink one bottle of water, ensuring it is drunk at least 30 minutes before lunch (1.5 litres)
- Fill your empty bottle again
- Wait at least 60 minutes after eating lunch before drinking again. Between lunch and dinner drink one bottle of water, ensuring it is drunk at least 30 minutes before dinner (2 litres)
- Fill your empty bottle again
- Between dinner and bedtime drink one bottle – stop drinking 30 minutes before bed (2.5 litres)
- Fill one bottle and take one to bed for the morning
- No more than 3 litres a day unless it’s hot and/or you are exercising
- Try not to drink cold water – room temperature is better
- Always have a bottle of water with you
- Don’t drink with meals
- Drink your water evenly through the day, don’t gulp it all down
- Reduce dehydrating drinks – tea, coffee and hot chocolate
- Have warm water and lemon/cider vinegar (with the Mother) in the morning (alkalizes the body – your body likes an alkalizing external environment)
- Have linseed tea as your daily tea. (Linseed tea is great because it is a bit gloopy – be careful how you make it otherwise it’s too gloopy– which soothes and relaxes the colon which allows it to absorb more water)
- Be mindful when you drink and enjoy it
- Find water that you like the taste of
- Don’t drink out of plastic bottles and never leave a plastic bottle of water in a hot environment and drink the contents later
- Get a water filter and put your water in environmentally friendly containers
- If you feel thirsty – drink – slowly
Step 2 – take more breaks
The water will get your body feeling better quite quickly. Yes, you may want to wee more often when you first start, that’s your body adjusting to becoming more hydrated. The reason you are weeing often is that the inside of you is hard and cannot absorb it. You need to stick with it, and you will be rewarded. Naturally, you need to also look at what you are eating, and we’ll cover that another day. In the meantime, take more breaks.
When I’m writing, I have a tendency just to keep going, and then I find that my ideas dry up. So, I set a timer on Focus@Will, and after an hour I take a break. This might be to walk the dogs for 20 minutes, or sit on my exercise ball and roll my hips out, maybe a cuppa or some more water. The point is I stop for a breather. I find I am far more productive if I take breaks.
Stopping creates space for the juice to flow into. Stop, relax and reflect.
Step 3 – walk
Walking is freaking amazing. Long before I had three dogs, I walked for approximately 2 hours every evening. Some evenings there were short 45 minute walks to the pub for half a Guinness, and then home, others were walks to the beach. These walks uncluttered my mind, and as I walked, I gained incredible insights.
Today, for example, I walked to what we call the top of the world and along a narrow mountain road drinking in the views. Holding no expectations of what might come to me I simply was in the moment. Most mornings I come home full of juicy inspiration.
When I take my breaks, this is when I normally walk, unless it is summer time and far too hot for everyone. Walking is extremely meditative, and I do get lots of valuable downloads. Often, whatever writing I have left gets a new lease of life after a walk.
I know many people live in a fast paced, got to rush life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We all have 24 hours in a day and once you start to look after you – hydrate, eliminate, and nourish you will discover hidden reservoirs of energy that you can tap into.
If are feeling stuck, connect with me, together we can look at how to bring some more juice and flow to your writing.
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