Last time I spoke of the importance of allowing one’s mind to drop into the semi-hypnagogic freewheeling state that operates just below the level of conscious intellectual activity, such as when dropping off to sleep, or just as you awaken. It happens too in daydreaming; during certain kinds of meditation or visualisation; in relaxation; in some kinds of repetitive activity such as walking, running, swimming – athletes call it ‘the zone’. It’s characterised by a flow of images, sometimes accompanied by feelings.
- Buy a good fat notebook – one that you’ll enjoy writing in
- Set yourself achievable goals. Ten minutes a day, five days a week that you do is worth more than an hour a day seven days a week that you don’t do
- Don’t expect ‘good’ writing. Don’t expect anything – just allow (see my Writing the Bright Moment)
- Try and do this very first thing in the morning, the moment you wake up – before a pee, cup of tea, talking; or immediately before sleep if this is better for you
- These are my ‘rules’ (other tutors have variations on this):