There will be times when you lose your point and become that person who is so caught in the particulars that they’ve lost why they started. Don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us. I found that when I am caught in this predicament, it’s because I’m doing too much.
It’s very easy to catch when you’re doing too much. Your mind hit’s a dead end and you think, “Where am I going with this?” or “What point was I making?” It’s when you find yourself anxious about it (whatever it is) being on the tip of your tongue but you can’t say it. Or when give up on finding the right word on Theasaurus.com. Any anguish during your process of creation is a sign that you are doing too much. Furthermore, my friend, you are fighting against reality.
The reality is you are biting off more than you can chew…at this moment. You have factored in too many variables. You found out the brain processes millions of bits of information per second and you tried to include all of it. Then you lost your point and mind in the process. And it’s not to say that you are not capable of chewing large amounts, in this case, writing amazingly. You can do anything, especially if you put your mind to it. You are a capable human being with a miraculous mind with the capacity to cure illnesses. But that’s the problem.
You are bent on this miraculous mind you have. You’ve pumped your head up into thinking that whatever leaves your mind needs to be utterly profound to where Einstein would be blown away if he read it. It needs to be all-encasing with hellish details. Now all your ideas are rushing to get out of the doorway that is your conscious…because you have to impress Einstein. The pressure of your mind has stopped your flow.
If you find yourself at loss of what to say it’s because of two things:
- You’re looking to impress Einstein.
- You’re reaching for something that you do no have yet.
And that’s okay. Writing is a discovery process as much as it is a creation process. It is your way of finding out what you mean to say and carefully devising it to express the way you mean it. All of that extra pressure makes it extremely difficult to write or live. Which is why I urge, not just in writing, but also in life for you to keep it simple.
Let me reiterate that you a capable human being with a mind that can build pyramids. You know exactly what you want to say and how you mean it. The challenge is once you know your point, how do you hold on to it. Simply, keep it. Keep it, simple.
Maybe there are better words to describe what you mean. But if you do not know them, then you do not know them. And that’s okay. It just means that you have more growing to do. If you allow your mind to complicate that truth, that’s how you end up blanked with frozen fingers hovering over the keyboard. Keep it simple.
Humble yourself and write honestly - write the way you know how. That is the metaphorical block of wood that you carve in to your masterpiece. The wood is where everyone starts. The constant practice, strokes of carving, is what makes the masterpiece.
There is no one to impress and no need to pretend. The flaws of being human are actually what define your allure. When you take in this absolutely beautiful reality, the words will pour out of you, copiously, and overflow the pages. Until, damn, you have a whole damn book. And not just a book, but a book that your wrote, with your authentic message, style and delivery.
When you accept where you are, you can do what it takes to go where you want. So pack light and keep it simple