You’ve chosen the topic and drafted a rough outline of your next article. Now you’ve got to get in the zone and write. Every writer knows about the zone – that place where the words flow easily and everything comes together to form a publishable piece.
No writer finds that sweet spot every time they write. Distractions, external pressures, and a myriad of other things make their uninvited visits into that intangible mind-space. But, the three-eyed writer has a better chance of finding the zone and staying there.
Experience Opens the Third Eye
Typically, most people experience the world with two eyes – the material eye and the critical eye. The intuitive eye makes up the third eye. Like any other challenging activity, opening your third eye gets easier with practice and as you gain experience in its use.
Passion and Truth Speak Through the Mind’s Eyes
The Material Eye – The material eye allows you to recall the way people, events, circumstances felt. You use this eye to remember what people said and how they looked and the emotions they displayed at the time. Memories about turning points in your career, education, or wisdom come to you through the material eye.
The Critical Eye – The critical eye converses with you as you write. Think of it as the voice in your head that tells you to go back and revise the last line in the post. The critical eye suggests a more effective ending, title, or angle. It can encourage and it can break down resolve. Learn to discern the difference between constructive criticism and destructive thought patterns.
The Intuitive Eye – The third eye, the intuitive eye, allows you to steadily and clearly see the possibility of your article’s impact on your readers. With this eye, you intuit the needs of your audience and the exact tone and voice that will truly speak to them; the underlying message that you must impart in the piece becomes apparent through the clarifying vision given by your intuitive eye.
Go for the Je Ne Sais Quoi
A writer is more than just someone who writes. Whether you write scholarly articles, news and magazine stories, blog posts, or fiction, you must engage the readers in a meaningful way. It’s your intuitive eye that guides you down the path of writing content that grabs readers and keeps them reading until the end – it ignites the spark that compels them to return to read the next installment, again and again. Go for that intangible nature – that certain something that makes your writing distinctive and intrinsically meaningful – that je ne sais quoi.
How do you access your mind’s intuitive eye?