More often than not, thinking about the fingers as they type would probably do a stuck writer far more good than thinking about audience.
This is an exercise to draw attention to the Present moment and to be able to mindfully write.
Start with a brief seated meditation. With a gently tall posture, hands on your knees, breathing in, think to yourself, “Here.” Breathing out, think to yourself, “Now.” When your mind wanders away from attention to the breath, guide it back.
Then move your hands to your keyboard and begin to freewrite. Freewriting means non-stop, non...
In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s10 rules of writingpublished inThe New York Timesnearly a decade earlier,The Guardianreached outto some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite isZadie Smith’s list — an exquisite balance of the practical, the philosophical, and the poetic:
When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.