4. Surround yourself in serenity reminders
When you work from home as a spiritual writer, you get to choose your inspiration to some degree.
Organize your physical inspiration for your mind space with serenity-inducing words, colors for promoting peace and calm, such as greens and blues, relaxing music, or soft fabrics. Some people like incense.
Filling your home with reminders of serenity can help promote feelings of clarity and set reminders that life is in place, and this can go into your writing.
You may have more than one designated work spot.
You can decorate each of these with different colors and inspired ideas that will help you draw inspiration from unconventional wells of energy.
Some people need access to contrasting experiences to bring inspiration to their art.
If this is you, suggest others in your home bring in ideas that inspire them, tune into the news, or allow a robot to share its ideas – then begin.
5. Set up your day the night before
Projects at home or on the desk can create a feeling of back-up in the mental cache, which can block writing ideas.
Can you think of one task you need to do, but feel distracted by other things that are preventing you from doing it?
Take an hour tonight, right now, think of the three most essential writing projects of the day the evening before, and then focus on getting those done. Everything else that falls, falls after that.
6. Identify your maximum word limit
When I was growing up, I took a class on typing and another one on secretarial skills. In this class, I generated the ability to write very fast, but still, I have a word limit of the max number I can write per day.
Most days, this word limit is around 3,000 words or about three pieces of unique contributions to humankind.
You will have a word limit too, and you can find out your averages by checking your word count or writing inside a service that checks your word count.
Google Drive, for example, which is what many businesses use, has a word count checker.
This allows you to prioritize your talents.
If you know you need to get an important email out, you may do that first, before draining your limit on something due at the end of the month.
7. Set a target intent for each piece
Edgar Allen Poe once wrote an article called The Philosophy of Composition, where he discusses how important it is to set your intent for each piece you write. Set the intention in front of you, for you to see.
Anytime you write, you do need energetic focus. And you can hone this focus by calling in specific energy.
Write down the energy you want to channel or do a meditation ahead of writing on what the goal of today’s pieces is.
Is it to be a gateway to hope? Is it to bring peace to those who are suffering? Is it to inspire joy?
Use crystals that represent those words and place them on your desk or sticky notes with that intent next to your writing space and this can help you stay focused on the goal, no matter what is swirling around you.
I like using this technique most when the world seems very chaotic.
You can also use this intent to reframe pieces you are revising to give it new energy or a unifying thread. Sometimes just placing a sticky note on the window frame beside your Typepad is all that is needed.
8. Tell others you live with when you are writing
Most of the people in our lives want to respect our art and not only that, they appreciate it too.
With all that said, the people you have called into your life are probably going to want to do their best to honor your creation time, when and if they know when it is.
Also, one of the most significant setbacks to at-home writers is interruptions.
So if you can tell others who have the power to interrupt you the most, when you are going into the focus zone, they’ll usually let you alone and create.
Look back on the times of day when you felt most inspired to create, most of us have a peak time. Let others know when this is.
If they don’t know when you are writing, they’re more likely to ask you for your opinion on where to put the flower pots right in the middle of a thought sequence, than at any other time in the day.
The people we live with can feel when energy is at a peak.
In the crux of writing, when we are reaching a climax, others in the home may feel it and want to stop in to see what’s going on. Still, if they know ahead of time, they’re more likely to respect and honor the boundaries.
They will also be there to admire the finished piece.
So these are just a few of the tips that can help you stay organized, get your projects in on time, and feel accomplished as you pursue a path in spiritual writing.
Finally, I feel most importantly, as a spiritual writer, it’s essential to identify and embrace what goes into your creative process.