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Apr 17, 2019 14:26:28

Writing Meditation

by @basilesamel PATRON | 314 words | 302🔥 | 340💌

Basile Samel

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My ever-lasting quest for mastery led me this morning to think of new ways to improve my writing practice. Writing happens in three main iterative phases: free writing, researching, and editing. Becoming a better writer is about getting better at all three phases.

Free writing is about shutting down your inner filter to let the flow of consciousness express itself. The more you let it go, the more you increase your writing speed.

I spend around one hour a day writing, I want to break through this limit: write more words faster, spontaneously at a higher quality level.

The first step I took a few weeks ago was to write offline to remove distractions - spellcheckers, Grammarly, and open tabs. It is efficient, but it appeared to me this morning that free writing would benefit from a meditative practice.

It is proven writing has therapeutic effects. More generally, writing is a practice of mindfulness. Is there such thing as meditative writing?

I was thinking of some sort of exercise to perform during my daily sessions, so I googled just that, and ended up in a rabbit hole: writing meditation is a thing! And I never heard of it until now.

There is apparently no unique standard exercise, each practitioner has his/her own methodology. I noticed one common pattern: a writing session starts with a short meditation. Many authors are known to integrate walking to their writing routine: Carl Jung, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Thoreau... walking meditation is easily accessible.

Breathing meditation is even easier to integrate. Here is the writing routine I want to experiment with over the next few days:

  1. Wake up
  2. 10-minute breathing meditation
  3. Write down anything coming to my attention
  4. If stuck, close your eyes
    1. Wait for thoughts to pop up and go back to step 3
  5. Repeat till I complete at least one 200WaD post

Let's see how it goes tomorrow.


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    @basilesamel Interestingly, that's about how I crafted my posts of the last three days. Wake up, drink some water, sit down and write :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Apr 18, 2019 15:16:07
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      @phaidenbauer how long does it take you to write your daily post? it would be nice to gather some user data about that :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 18, 2019 15:29:29
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      @basilesamel I think it was about 15 to 30 minutes. When I'm thinking back on some Medium posts I've written, that's a pretty small timeframe. It might be my mindset of "it's only 200 words". Also, all three posts came right after writing the headline. I also prepared some headlines with "WIP" in them as content for days I don't know what I will be writing about.

      Maybe you could implement a simple function that gathers the time while someone writes inside the editor? (But I really would appreciate RSS first :) )

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Apr 18, 2019 15:39:24
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    @basilesamel sounds great!
    @philh , maybe we could try starting Saturday, could be fun :D

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 17, 2019 22:22:57
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      @lucjah oki - need to write in the morning though, that'd be something :)

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 18, 2019 00:31:29
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      @philh yea... if we both (conveniently) dont forget the whole idea... LOL

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 13:10:51
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    @jasonleow @keni @brandonwilson thank you pals, I will keep you updated :)

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 17, 2019 16:27:45
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    @basilesamel do share more! what a curious experiment

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 17, 2019 21:54:25
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    @basilesamel - I have declared myself your ment-ee so I shall experiment with you.
    Good luck to us.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 17, 2019 09:33:28
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    @basilesamel I am interested in the outcome of this experiment.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 17, 2019 06:29:54
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