This Simple Mindfulness Exercise Will Help You Write Better Instantly

Rica Ramos-Keenum
Change Your Mind Change Your Life
4 min readMar 1, 2021

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How I cultivate creativity and motivation to write compelling stories

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I believe good writing is the product of skill, imagination, and mindfulness. Learning the mechanics is a matter of practice, but even experienced writers struggle with their ideas, lack motivation, and allow stress and busyness to keep them from reaching their full writerly potential.

How I cultivate creativity and motivation to write compelling stories:

Imagination breeds creative ideas, and mindfulness helps us put our thoughts on the page in the most engaging way. Simple techniques can help a writer craft scenes that hook the reader and take a story from tedious to enchanting.

What makes writing visceral? Language, of course. Sensory words invite the reader into the story, allowing them to feel the moody atmosphere, the way the fog looms like ghosts on the horizon. A reader doesn’t care if the kitten is soft. They want to feel your hand in its fur. They don’t care if a man is tall, dark, and handsome. They want to see his electric black eyes as he leans a broad shoulder against the doorframe.

A writer should always be reading. Since childhood, I’ve been transfixed by poetry and words. In my tiny yellow…

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Rica Ramos-Keenum
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

Journalist, yoga enthusiast, author of Petals of Rain and Nobody's Daughter: A Memoir of Healing The Mother Wound. Connect at Ricawrites.com