There are two common, overwhelming issues that all writers will face at some stage in their writing careers.
Whether you're struggling with your essay writing for University, the first chapter of your book, or you're a freelance writer simply ready to throw in the towel; we all, at some stage in our lives, ask ourselves the same two questions when writing:
As human beings, it's completely natural for us to struggle with writers block whilst having to deal with the confidence in our own essay writing abilities.
Factors such as our health, relationships, environment and finances play a massive role in stimulating unwanted emotions; but thankfully The PESTO Approach aims to eliminate these two common problems with a proven set of psychological solutions.
As mixed-media artist and author Christine Mason Miller once said,
"It's normal to experience ebbs and flows in your creativity. A creative rut, however, goes beyond these regular vacillations and lasts longer".
So the question you're probably asking yourself now is, what is the PESTO Approach and how will it help me overcome writer's block whilst making me feel confident in what I'm producing?
Let's dive in to the first technique...
Naturally, it's so easy to focus on the past and "what could have been" rather than focusing on the task in hand right now. Perhaps you wrote a spectacular piece several months ago and gained a large amount of positive feedback and self-pride; maybe you're putting too much pressure on yourself?
However, it's so important for you to focus on the present, and only the present.
Being in the present is what allows us to gain inspiration and create positive energy, so it's important not to dwell on the past or the future, but to be very much focused on the task in hand today.
Here's a great quote from Jen Lee, an independent producer and performer in New York City's storytelling scene...
“Presence is about aligning our attention in the moment, instead of letting our minds be endlessly divided by internal worries, chatter [and] reminders.”
If you're struggling to cope with your past failures, the famous failures post is a great resource to refer to in times of need.
How to keep yourself in the present:
Bill Murphy JR. summarised this perfectly in his post.
You've probably read a tonne of articles that go along the lines of "create a working environment that alleviates any distractions, put your TV in a different room and unplug the internet."
In fact, we're referring to the environment and space that's all around us. To stimulate your mind and open up the senses, it simply means doing something else other than floating around in a writer's block bubble.
Being able to physically leave your writing behind and go outside gives us a sense of availability, and by doing this we actually give our thoughts, ideas and inspiration a new insight and room to finally land.
Simple things like taking a shower, looking out of the window or going for a walk are quick and easy solutions to getting creative, the simple things that we take for granted.
How to change your environment:
Separating yourself from your work on a regular basis is an effective solution to finding a greater insight, along with building confidence in yourself. As people, we're reluctant to change, but if you take opportunities to do something different or a bit scary on a regular basis, the ability to write will come naturally and best of all, you'll be happy in what you're writing.
Keri Smith, Illustrator and Author of many bestselling books based on creativity said:
“Creativity is enhanced by our ability to look at things from as many different perspectives as possible - not repeating the same thing over and over.”
Trying new things means going to different places, learning new skills, meeting people from many walks of life, you might say it's an inspirational goldmine!
How to separate yourself from your writing:
Make a small change to your work space.
If you're struggling to find inspiration for your work, try scribbling meaningful words down, or even better just writing them on the wall. This is a clever way of changing your perception of the given space around you, which will open your mind to new possibilities.
Another alternative is to physically change the space around you. This could include cleaning your room, re-arranging furniture or adding new elements to create a fresh outlook and to make your work area feel unique.
Famous artist Jolie Guillebeau would often clean her studio, paint the walls or buy new pillows, as this kind of change would often help her feel more inspired again and to increase her creativity levels.
How to make a transition in your work space:
Being open to others about your work actually increases the confidence you have in your work, as well as gaining new ideas to inspire you.
Whether its posting a sample of your latest work on a writing community, sharing with friends through social media, or showing them in person, each of these approaches offer ways to get new ideas for your piece, gain constructive feedback and to hear all the nice things they want to say (which will instil confidence in your own work).
How to keep yourself in the present: