Thinking is what minds are supposed to do, they’re good at it and writing minds should be particularly good at it. A good writer should also be a good thinker, well I think they should be at least. It is their thoughts or thought processes that will, to a large extent, drive them towards the desire to write. This is particularly true if they also possess a desire for change.
At the heart of the writer’s approach should be a mindfulness, which is the driver behind Wendy Ann Greenhalgh’s thoughtful piece, “Mindfulness for too much thinking”. She starts stating “creative minds are amazing, they’re always assessing, viewing, processing and problem solving”.
They should be. Creative and imaginative work should be part of the goal of any writer, not just the fiction writer. Do creative minds go into overdrive? That has long been my experience — becoming overwhelmed by the things that need saying. Channeling is such situations is vital. She tell us “sometimes I have had so many creative ideas, that I literally couldn’t see the wood for the trees”. Certainly a big problem.
This is the point where I feel I need the assistance of an assistant, to categorise and sort the material I have available. Trouble is I cannot afford to pay their salary. Maybe the only choice is to have a software assistant. There is room for further investigation.
She continues “Thinking is what minds do. They’re good at it”. However it is not true for all minds. Some have become so fuzzy with the mundane that they have no capacity for thought. I guess this is where mindfulness steps in. Truth is you can’t stop a mind from thinking, it may have crazy thoughts, but they are thoughts nonetheless. Greenhalgh suggests meditation as a way of channeling the thoughts, perhaps giving them more focus.
This subject worthy of of exploring separately. I wanted to bring it to the attention of my readers as a way to become more mindful.
[ADDED AFTER REVISION] You may be interested in other pieces here that explore thoughts made across the world wide web. There are many ideas, a web worth exploring. For this reason I have created a category called Web Explored, which brings together interesting pieces by other writers that can add value here.