Tip 50. Read, watch, or listen to others to get into the flow

Get yourself into the right mood and the right mindset before you write.

If you find it hard to motivate yourself or to find the right words, then read an article or book chapter from a writer whose style you admire and want to emulate. Listen to an eloquent or uplifting speech, watch an interesting documentary, or even watch a good TV courtroom drama. Get into an intelligent debate with a friend. By the end, you’ll hopefully have primed your brain to re-create the style of the book, speech, TV program, or conversation you’ve just had. You should find that your words will flow.

Some researchers even suggest that listening to certain music tunes your brain into an alert state and helps you concentrate. In particular, try listening to Baroque music, such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, which uses specific beats and patterns that some people claim can boost your mind power and help you think more clearly.

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