Writing in Flow – 5 Strategies to Finding Your Muse

As a writer, I am always searching for tools that will improve my productivity. For me, writing is on-again, off-again: some days my fingers fly across the keyboard so fast that my brain has trouble keeping up; while others it’s a titanic struggle just to squeeze a single word onto the blank page. Many of my writer friends also complain of similar periods of feast or famine, so I guess this is a common phenomenon of our field. But does the creative process have to be so hit or miss?

While I have yet to find a book dedicated to finding your nonfiction writing muse, the fiction-writing world contains many attempts to teach writers how to write in flow or find their muse. And while the systems described in these books are intended for the fiction writer, they can be applied by the nonfiction ink-stained wretch who may be struggling with putting words to paper. One treasure that I discovered is Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity, by Susan K. Perry (Writers Digest Books, 1999).

What is “writing in flow”? Writing in flow is the currently fashionable phrase for the old writers’ term, “finding your muse.” When writing in flow, the writer loses all sense of time and space, becoming totally immersed in her work until some time later–minutes, hours, or even after an entire day–she remembers to breathe and pulls herself back into the physical world. During this time there are usually no thoughts of hunger or thirst, quotidian trivia like the bills and the laundry, or impossible deadlines. You are the words and the words are you. Writing in flow is the closest thing I’ve found to achieving a writer’s heavenly high without actually ingesting mind-altering drugs.

So, how do you achieve this writer’s nirvana? Perry’s book delves into the subject, explaining exactly what writing in flow is and what it feels like, the master keys to writing in flow, and finally how to make your writer’s flow happen. In this last section, Perry discusses several techniques writers can use to help induce the state of flow. And while I am sure that many of you already practice these techniques, it never hurts to be reminded of what we can do to improve our writing technique and productivity. A few of the techniques discussed by Dr. Perry:

Ritual and routine. Ritualizing your behavior focuses your mind on your current task and removes the pressure of what others might think of your writing when you are finished. During this time there is no room for any distractions or thoughts except for what you are writing.

Clearing your desk. Sometimes, when shifting priorities force us to begin a new project before the previous one is complete, staring at your notes and e-mails about the previous project can distract you. Clear this material from your desk so that it is out of sight, out of mind, before beginning the new project.

Just do it. Many experienced writers have developed the ability, through years of patient practice, to enter the flow state simply by immersing themselves immediately and fully into their current work. If this works for you, then “just do it.”

Musical aids. Often, listening to certain types or even specific pieces of music can instill a flow state. This is one of my favorite flow techniques, and I use different kinds of music for different kinds of writing: classical and instrumental movie sound tracks for fiction; and folk music, certain types of rock, and jazz for nonfiction pieces.

Simple silence. Often, loud voices, ringing phones, and other interruptions stifle a writer’s creativity. This was a really big killer for me when I first began writing, and under certain circumstances it still is. If silence is your road to flow, buy some sort of white noise machine for your cubical, or if you are lucky enough to have an office with a door, close it before you begin to write. Better yet, invest in a pair of high-quality headphones capable of blocking extraneous sounds. Silence, you’ll find, is golden.

I’ve tried all of the techniques discussed by Perry at least once and have chosen those that work best for me. And if you too need help with rediscovering or improving your writing productivity, I recommend Perry’s book. After all, what could be better than having writer’s nirvana at your beck and call, rather than waiting for a balky muse that may never sing? Writing in flow, how smooth the sound!

How Dog Training Schools Benefit Dog Socialization

At the dog training schools, canines are trained to behaved better having the obedience training and also remove their bad behaviors and be able to socialize along with some other people and canines. Regularly trainers at the training schools put the smartest canines ahead of their pack as their leader and will act as the example of great behavior for the other canines to follow.

When your canines has really bad habits and behavior it really needs to be trained at the dog training school to curb its behavior and attitude and to have it’s dog socialization training too. Since the training schools are best known as the great way to teach and train a canine of whatever breed and age that it has. Dog training schools regularly teach agility training for your canine’s exercise as well as obedience training and for good competition in some special classes.

When you have a new adult canine or puppy to be trained for the first time and that means that they have not been trained before, then it is recommended that you put your dogs at the canine training schools to get their best training and have the best result. Your dog will be trained well on their own dog socialization and be able to mingle well with other dogs even of different breeds and to people also. You can also do your training however owners do not really understand and know what to do without the direct guidance from the real trainer.

These schools will give the new owners more experience in knowing and understanding their dogs better than before. They will learn much about dog psychology and how to have socialization with some other dogs especially the younger puppies. With this obedience canine training the canine owners may join in the training directly along their dogs and with their trainers. This will develop the owner and the dog’s bond much stronger.

At this training dog school the trainers do not train the dogs only but the dog owners as well. Because dogs have the tendency and natural habit to obey and follow their pack leader and this must be the owners and not the trainers. And so the dog owners need to know and learn how to train their own dogs at home too. They must be able also to know some troubleshooting that may arise and the command to use in such training. Your dog will learn much and have the dog socialization training that it really needs at the training school.

It is really important for a puppy to get some socialization training when it is growing up to become friendly and a well behaved dog. Shy and lonely dogs are often alone and neglected and do not have other dogs to play with. These things will be erased at the training school and will be taught dog socialization successfully even for just some days only. The training school is the right place to get your dog for its training and also the safest and best place for it.