Clarity + Focus = Ease + Grace

Magnifying_space_copy_223214_lClarity + Focus = Ease + Grace

I heard this saying last weekend and it immediately spoke to me, as truth does.  I know this equation is true because I've experienced it for myself.

When there's not clarity and focus you get–



–Spinning wheels

–And multiple variations of the above themes

But when you have clarity and focus you get–

–Flowing writing


–The feeling of being in love with the world

–The rest of your life magically working, too

–Ease and grace

Okay, I hear you saying, "I want it! I want it! How do I get it?"  Yeah, we all want it, me included.  Because who doesn't want to live their lives with grace and ease?  Isn't that what it's all about?  I can't claim to have all the answers, just some ideas about what works for me, gleaned from observation of how my life seems to run best.  Here goes:

1.  Work for it.   Just because ease is a variant of easy (or vice-versa, whichever which way it goes) doesn't mean it is or should be.  Ease and grace means that things flow because you know what you're doing and where you're going.  And it takes introspection and perhaps some journaling to get clarity about where you want to go.  It takes some commitment and work to get clear. Once you get that clarity, you can start the focus.

2.  Ask for it.  Tell the universe you need help.  Tell God you need clarity.  And then…

3.  Be quiet.  Listen for the answers. 

4. Become an observer.  Or perhaps clarity will come as a visual cue, you never know!  What I do know is that when you ask for help, it comes if you're paying attention.

5.  Man up.  Once you get clarity, you know what you want to do, now you need to grow a pair and use it to focus.  (Sorry for all the macho phrasing today, not quite sure where it's coming from.)  Does your clarity tell you its time to write a novel?  Now, ahem, you gotta figure out how you're going to find time to focus on it.

6.  Get passionate.  I talked to a former client about his novel recently.  "It's all I think about.  It's all I want to do in my spare time,"  he told me. That's passion–and that allows you to find focus.  And then you get the ease and grace.  Just ask someone who's in the middle of a passionate, flowing, writing session.

What about you?  Do you have clarity and focus, ease and grace in your writing life?  How do you attain it?

***By the way, if you need clarity and focus on your novel, join my Get Your Novel Written Now class, starting August 14th.  You can learn more about it here.

Photo by gerbrak.

8 Responses to Clarity + Focus = Ease + Grace

  1. J.D. 08/02/2012 at 03:59 #

    Sometimes I have “grace and ease.” My big mistake was to waste a good portion of my youth on golf. What a damn folly that was. lol. But whatever stage of life you are in you can always go to number 2. I might edit just a little. Instead of asking for “it”, perhaps ask for guidance to choose the correct “it.” If the answer comes back golf, you got the wrong channel.

  2. John Williams 08/02/2012 at 05:39 #

    This article is really worth reading, it has too much details in it and yet it is so simple to understand, Thanks for sharing the picture it has great detail in it and i really appreciate your true artistic work!

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  3. Zan Marie 08/02/2012 at 10:53 #

    Lovely, lovely post, Charlotte. Your list is a keeper. ; )

  4. Charlotte Dixon 08/02/2012 at 12:18 #

    I'm sure the golf had a better impact than you thought!  Not sure what, but I'm sure it was something.   Glad you're into the writing now!

  5. Charlotte Dixon 08/02/2012 at 12:18 #

    Thanks, John.

  6. Charlotte Dixon 08/02/2012 at 12:20 #

    Thanks, Zan Marie!  I so appreciate you!

  7. Heather Jenkins 08/03/2012 at 11:53 #

    As usual, Charlotte, this post is awesome. I absolutely love that you included “Be quiet” after “Ask for it”. Too often in life, answers come in whispers and nudges, but we are too distracted and living in our noisy minds that we miss them. I think that listening is the key to clarity. Listening to the world around us, listening to ourselves, listening to the characters’ voices who call us to action. There’s a certain peace that comes from prolonged moments of silence. By closing our mouths and taking notice, we are being true to ourselves and the craft of writing.

    Thanks again, Charlotte, for sparking more contemplation. :)

  8. Charlotte Dixon 08/04/2012 at 12:16 #

    Thank you, Heather, for being a loyal reader and commenter!  I always appreciate your point of view.  And I totally agree with you about seeking silence.  Half the time we tend to actively seek noise!

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