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R is for “Resistance” and “Rosanne”
Book: Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane
My dice roll: 139
Lesson: Getting neurons together for a writing routine
The experiment is to select and evocative scent, focus on the smell or memory of the smell, then list all the words that come to mind in a five to ten-minute freewrite.
Some of the suggested scents are vanilla, bacon, or coffee.
Scent chosen: coffee
- Coffee shops
- Other writers
- Dating, falling in love, making new friends
- Normality among those I don’t (or didn’t) otherwise fit in with
One smell evokes many memories.
The purpose, and next step, is to pick a scent or taste and have it present every time you write for several weeks. Thus, the neurons of your brain will associate that smell or taste with writing. The more that particular ritual (eating a certain candy, burning a scented candle, etc.) is associated with writing and ONLY with writing, the more effective it becomes as a ritual trigger.
Meaning that, if you lit a “cherries on snow” scented candle every time you sat down to write, your brain would come to associate that scent with writing. Thus, if you felt a case of writer’s block coming on, lighting the candle could fight it off.
Brain: “Smell that? It must be time to write!”
Heart: “Yay! Let’s do this! Woot thump thump woot!”
Muse: “Incoming ideas.”
Trained behaviors become an automatic process. The smell becomes a way to tell your brain that it’s time to write.
Do you have a writing ritual? Are there any scents or tastes you always incorporate when writing? Will you try out today’s lesson?
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