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  1. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Appreciate it!

  2. Thanks for our comment, Linnie.
    Have you read “The Writing Diet,” by Julia Cameron? The way she teaches to clear the pipes for writing is to write three pages of whatever comes to pen first thing in the morning. I quote: “You will write three pages every morning, a practice that I call Morning Pages. They are to be strictly stream of consciousness, no ‘high art’ here. You simply move your hand across the page and write whatever thought comes into your head. Even ‘non-thoughts’ are fine. Don’t expect or demand that you have a writing style, Any style at all will do. So fret, gripe, worry, scold–or celebrate. There is no wrong way to do the morning pages.”
    I merge this with my journaling. You might want to just dedicate your first 10-15 minutes to stream of consciousness, and see if that clears the pipes. And haaving lower expectations of yourself can only help. Nobody hits a homerun every time. I don’t post my crap, but I assure you that I write as much of it as anyone else.
    You could look at my latest blog entry
    http://danavinicoff.blogspot.com/2014/03/latest-writing-workshop.html
    where I post two-thireds of what I wrote, since the last third was an incoherent mess.

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