What do writers do to battle anxiety? Here's what members of my Bang the Keys writing workshop had to say...



Bang the Keys




I’ll tell myself I only have to write for 15 minutes or, if I’m really in bad shape, 10.  Then I’ll put on a timer.  More often than not, when the timer goes off, I’ll want another 15 minutes, but if not, I still feel better knowing I did something.  If that doesn’t work, there’s always ice cream.


- Lauren Yaffe, Brooklyn writer


I push past my anxiety about writing by remembering I do it because I enjoy it. I try not to judge my work too harshly. I'm also realistic about my skill set. I  know I'm never going to be Hemingway, but I can paint a vividly descriptive tale infused with humor and insight and that is a truly wonderful gift to possess! 
You can quote me on that :smileyhappy:


- Marc Heft, Manhattan writer


I think about how disappointed I will feel if I don't reach
my goals.  In other words, I use guilt to fight anxiety.

--Anonymously yours,
Anonymous.Mindfulness meditation works for me -- focusing on the moment, watching my breath, accepting the anxiety; the worst thing for me is to "fight" it (as the Borg used to say "Resistance is futile" -- so let it ride until it turns into something else, like excitement ideally...)
--Burt Shulman, Brooklyn writer

And on that note I leave you with a remedy:
the ultimate book on mindfulness meditation ...



Insight Meditation




For more on the craft of writing and the art of meditation: www.bangthekeys.com. How many of you meditate as part of your writing practice?



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by Blogger Ellen_Scordato on ‎03-09-2011 06:11 PM

Love this. To doubters I always say, meditation helps sports stars achieve; why not writers as well?


Anything that brings folks to meditation is a great idea, and the mindfulness techniques are so universally useful.

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