This is not another boring advice on how to write more. If writing 10,000 words a day were as simple as turning off the television and cell phone, writer’s block wouldn’t exist. We are going to go deep into your mind to improve your creativity. You will write more words per day and create better ideas after reading this article.
Writer’s block occurs due to a lack of creativity, and do you know what kills creativity? Shame.
Feeling you’re not good enough is shame. Feeling like what you wrote is terrible is shame. Feeling like you have nothing to say is shame. (Maybe what you wrote is terrible. That’s a decision you make when editing, not when writing.)
How can you eliminate shame? Simple. Check yourself.
How do you know what successful writing is? Did you climb a mountain one day, converse with God, and receive The Answers?
Shame results from your imagination.
You feel a certain way based on what you imagine others would say.
I used my writing as a laboratory. What I thought was great performed poorly, and stuff I didn’t think was very good would land hard.
Some people hate on my writing style. Yet you can read my writing from years ago. It was more literary, and also performed poorly.
Readers today are the busiest they’ve ever been. No one wants long flowery sentences. People want short, punchy sentences.
In other words, I had no idea what good writing was! I let readers decide what was good.
The voices inside your head are imaginary. When you stop listening to those voices, you’ll stop feeling shame.
Do 30 minutes a day of cardio.
There is no mind-body separation. Your mind exists inside your brain, and your brain exists inside your body.
Performing rigorous cardio increases blood flow to your brain, making you smarter and also increasing your mind-body connection.
You should also begin writing articles in your head while doing cardio. Most of my best articles happen during long walks or cardio sessions on the spin bike.
Take epsom salt baths.
Magnesium is the most important mineral you can take, and most people suffer from magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation
When you have proper blood flow from doing cardio and taking magnesium (your skin absorbs magnesium from the salt), you’ll have a stronger brain. You’ll be more creative and able to write more.
I wrote about Modafinil years ago.
I haven’t used Modafinil in several months or maybe even over a year. I stick to OTC nootropics, primarily because they work well.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 12, 2016
My current nootropic stack contains:
- Huperzine A, 200mcg (Amzn)
- Vinpocentine, 10 mgs (Amzn)
- Alpha GPC, 300 mgs (Amzn)
- N-acetyl-L-cysteine/N-A-C, 1,200 mgs (Amzn)
I am also working on my own nootropic called Gorilla Mind. Our original formulation was banned. I’ll only bring Gorilla Mind to market when it’s the best nootropic you can buy legally.
Focus your intent on your fingers.
We’ve all heard about the mind-muscle connection, and if you haven’t, go hit the gym.
When you lift weights, you contract muscle tissue. You focus your intent on the movement. This is true of all athletics.
Guess what. Your writing occurs from physical action.
Your brain has thoughts and those thoughts become words through physical action.
I say to myself, as a mantra when writing, “I focus my intent on my fingers.”
Once my intent is directed towards my fingers, your finger begin moving, and words appear magically.
Take the Wim Hof Breathing course.
How can a course on deep breathing improve your writing? Seems crazy.
Think back to the last time you felt ashamed or anxious, which are feelings that distract from your creative energy. How can you eliminate those negative feelings? Change your focus to your breathing.
Can you feel shame if you're doing deep breathing exercises? Of course not. Your FOUCS is directed elsewhere – to your BREATHING.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 1, 2016
The Wim Hof breathing course is the best “information product” I’ve ever purchased.
You can read my full review here.
Does this advice work?
When I first started writing over a decade ago, 500 words was a good day. I would often go weeks with writer’s block. Now I write at least 5,000 words a day and when stuck on an airplane for an international flight will hit 10,000 words per day.
Look at my twitter, blogs, and books. I write more than almost anyone out there, and my writing continues to hit hard.
My biggest problem is having too many words to write. I could hire someone to follow me around to take down bullet points for articles that appear almost magically.
Granted, I’m a full-time writer. Many of you only have 30 minutes a day to write, and that’s cool.
Life isn’t always about how much time you have as much as it’s about what you with that time.
Make the most of your time by:
- Eliminating shame
- Hitting the cardio hard
- Using magnesium
- Exploring nootropics
- Doing Wim Hof breathing
You can click on any of the above links to explore those topics in more detail.
Yes, that’s a lot of reading material for you. This article is merely a summary of those issues.
As you can see, I’m not some random Internet person giving away “life hacks.” I actually do write 10,000 words a day.
Now you can, too.