The benefits writers can experience when brain dumping before taking in new information is actually backed by science. There’s a major benefit in choosing output before input.
It is also backed by my personal experience. Some may say when you wake first thing, your mind should be empty and ready to fill up. Mine is not. It needs a jolt, not someone else’s words.
In fact, if anyone even tries to carry on a conversation with me before I have had time to “wake up,” I can guarantee you the conversation will pretty much be a waste of time. I am a zombie until I can have a cup of coffee and just sit for about twenty minutes.
Once that process is done (and it is a favorite time of fine), comes the rest of the day. But if I proceed to fill my head with words by audio or visual before I get words out – my head spins.
The benefits writers can experience when brain dumping before taking in new information = good for a full brain that needs to be emptied.
A few months ago, I tried to do some Compel Training, but it just wasn’t happening. I had spent all day doing homework with the kids and then topped it off by deep cleaning many of the rooms.
I cozied myself up in my writing space and then got interrupted many times over as I was trying to set everything up on my computer. When I finally had alone time, I pulled up Compel and hit play on one of the lessons.
My brain wouldn’t have any of it. I clicked the X and took a deep breath. In my own heart I knew what the problem was. I didn’t do my brain dumping. All these things had happened throughout the day, but I had not wrote one word.
Every time I sit down and write first, before anything else, I experience a peace and fulfillment that surpasses all the coffee and chocolate a woman could ever want.
It doesn’t matter if I end up using the content or not. The point is, I’m making headway. My head is clear and ready for more now. Before hand, an almost inner restlessness sabotages anything new. This fleshing out of the thoughts is an important factor in not getting overwhelmed.
Too much information without allowing myself to process it, or store it somewhere safely, will end up with me getting little to nothing done that day, work-wise.
The benefits writers can experience when drain dumping first.
- Writing first = honing the most important skill itself.
- Writing first = brain dumping = makes space for more.
- Writing first = creating possible future content.
- Writing first = easing my mind of various things it is holding onto.
- Writing first = ultimately giving my thoughts/worries over to God.
Because I tell Him, “Here you go. I can’t contain all this – but I know you can!”
The benefits writers can experience when brain dumping before taking in new information are so many that they run off the page.
If you have hyper-active mind, it is vital that you get the thoughts out first before putting anymore info into that precious head of yours. And I don’t say that lightly. You are precious.
Not doing this could be causing your input to be going in one ear and out the other.
I started reading one of Jeff Goins’ books and loved it so much I had to back the train up and get the previous one. I want to share something that he said in this book.
“Write it just to get it out. Right. Now. You might have a nugget of something that was inspired at 3am. But free write. Keep your fingers moving. It might feel like a waste, but it works…” – Jeff Goins in You are a Writer.
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This book was a game-changer for me. God used Jeff’s words to shake up in me what had settled to the bottom. A spark was refueled and my faith grew as I obeyed (the Lord) by just writing, even when I wasn’t sure what was going to come out.
I remembered God used people to write His words, and He still does.
Importantly too, this book helped me to start with the simple act of calling myself a writer. When I started to verbalize that I was a writer, I wrote more. When I wrote more, the confidence to say it grew. It was a positive circle to say the least.
Be sure to check out Jeff Goins’ blog. He offers a few ways to sign up and lots of usable freebies for writers: a way to build your audience, the first chapter in The Art of Work, a writers manifesto, an info-graphic, and another free ebook!
When you realize you are a writer and you write, and over time you see the benefits of writing – it is like anything else that comes with perpetual practice: it becomes a habit.
This habit becomes something of necessity. You no longer only write for x, y, and z – but now you write because it is a part of you. And without it your head feels full. So you find a sliver of paper and jot.
You write a prayer because it is easier for you than uttering words.
You write thoughts because you think better on paper.
You write revelations because if you don’t you know you’ll forget them.
This is what we call brain dumping. When the words don’t look pretty and you no longer care.
Try this method of “writing first” and see if it works for you.
I seriously can’t live any other way now. I am not going back. I am not pushing myself to learn more unless I write first. Well, I can’t or my my brain implodes so it’s a “no-brainer.” Bahaha!
Some people may need to get up and run first or whatever other activity gets them going. We are all different and that is okay. My own experience says I can not just get up and start downloading new information right away.
Listen to your body. It talks to you.