Memoir Writing: 2 [More] Tips for the Writing Mindset

by Matilda Butler on August 29, 2011

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Help for Memoir Writers

Many people focus on the inner critic who keeps you from writing or says that what you have written is worthless. But what if it isn’t the critic on your shoulder so much as just a foggy brain or loss of focus? What can you do to restart your writing? We’ve got two great tips from Maria Rainier. You’ll find her other tip — a really great one — posted on Story Circle Network’s Telling HerStories. Be sure to check that one out as well.

The Writing Mindset: Tips to Get You There No Matter What

memoir, memoir writing, how to write a memoir, journalingby Maria Rainier, Freelance Writer

MEMOIR WRITING MINDSET TIP: Impressionistic & 20th Century Music
Playing music while I practice breathing or yoga helps me prepare for the writing process, but I also listen to music while I write. In both cases, I prefer instrumental impressionistic or 20th century music because of the unique harmonies combined with a soft quality that makes for perfect background music. I’m particularly partial to Ravel, Debussy, Copland, Rodrigo, and even Glass. Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess is one of my favorites and you can listen to it, in the video below, in the full orchestral arrangement.

MEMOIR WRITING MINDSET TIP: Consistent Cardio
If I’m feeling particularly frustrated, I rely on running to get rid of extra stress so I can still use yoga to achieve a true sense of calm. Two or three times a week, I run three miles around a beautiful lake that’s not far from my apartment. Just being outdoors, even if it’s cold and rainy, clears my head while I get my heart rate up and my stress level down. Observing the natural world around me is also a source of inspiration – whenever I end up with a few pieces of old bread, I take them along and feed the ducks and geese around the lake. It takes me back to my childhood and allows me to “escape” the present until I’m ready to face it. Whenever I get back from a run, I know that I’ll be productive and successful in my writing – and that keeps me motivated both professionally and personally.

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Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where recently she’s been researching the highest paying degrees versus the lowest paying degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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