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 "Do The Unfamiliar To Keep...Writing..." 
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Do The Unfamiliar To Keep Your Writing Going
By Catherine Franz

One of the best ways to blow someone's winning streak during a
tennis game is to comment on how great they are doing. Your
comment will kick in their left brain's inner critic which will

zap their flow and change their focus. In tennis, this is an
underhanded type of gamesmanship.

In life, it happens to each of us all the time. Even to
writers.

In writing, the same thing occurs as soon as the right side of
the brain, the right hemisphere, gets a break, the left side
begins editorializing. Even if the left side compliments you
on your progress or the time you committed, it still zaps the
flow. Flow stops, hiccups, and the writing or idea doesn't get
to the next step.

This is an event that affects us all in more than just writing.

There is not any particular timeframe when this occurs either.
It may occur when you are writing something short, like an
article, memo, or email. Or it might not occur until the
chapter six of your book. This is why the freewriting exercise
works so well. It allows your right brain to tell the left side
to shut up for a particular amount of time.

There is actually only one way to get the writing flowing
again. It is by doing something unfamiliar. When you are
doing something unfamiliar the left side doesn't know how to
logically respond. The left side then can't be its helpful
self. Flow, intuition, and ideas naturally return with a
renewed rhythm.

Whenever I am trying to describe something, my logic side kicks
in and brings the next action to a halt. The self talk begins
to say, “How can any word begin describing this beautiful
sunrise?” Since drawing isn't a familiar item for me, I pull
out a few drawing pencils or a water color brush and play. The
drawing isn't something I do often. If I did, it would then
become familiar and that self would stop me. It doesn't take
but a few minutes of doing something unfamiliar before the flow
flourishes again and I am able to return to the description or
writing.

Always remember, all the words we use in our first draft look
like ordinary words. It isn't until later that their appearance
changes to extraordinary.

The left self is always telling us that every day scenes or
objects are just ordinary.. A mere beer bottle on the side of
the road can receive a message, “So what.” When we push the
situation we usually ask, “How can I make this come alive?” By
doing something unfamiliar in the mind or in some type of action
we can release the right side to the freedom to find the words.
Do so by seeing the ordinary. Describing the ordinary. At this
moment you begin using both sides of the brain. I guarantee
that whatever you write will never be ordinary. Extraordinary
writing is ordinary writing practiced.

About the Author: Catherine Franz, life and business coach and
marketing master, specializes in infoproduct development.
More at: http://www.MarketingStrategiesToGo.com and
http://www.AbundanceCenter.com. Including articles and ezines.

Source: http://www.isnare.com

[Note: Due to size restraint, the subject line's title had to be abbreviated. Appologies to Catherine Franz. - Admin.]

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