I had a lot of writing to do today.
When I’m tasked with a lot of writing in one day, it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed or worse—procrastinate.
Unfortunately, due to the workload I’m currently under, alongside the fact that it’s almost the end of my college semester and I’m graduating in less than a month, my “senioritis” has begun rearing its ugly head and all its pitfalls are attacking me at once, especially procrastination.
Fortunately, when I do procrastinate, I still like to be productive so I found myself organizing my bookshelf for the first time in years. In the midst of this, I came across a folder from my “Writing in the [English] Major” course a couple semesters back and decided to take a look through some old papers to see if something in there could drive up some motivation within me to write.
This was a class that I really enjoyed with a professor I’ve taken four times in my college career, so it definitely wasn’t a cringeworthy experience to be looking back on this work. I wrote many papers that I’m still proud of in this class, but there was one in particular that I completely forgot about aptly titled, “My Personal Writing Process.”
This was the first paper we were assigned and one meant to be a short, introspective and reflective piece on what writing meant to us as well as how we approached it. Now writing processes change with time, but after rereading that paper for the first time in two years, I decided to repeat my process from back then to a T.
I cleared off my desk, made a cup of tea, opened a new Word doc, brainstormed for 20 minutes, stretched for 20 minutes and once I felt like I was ready to write, I incorporated the last step—I put on Ludovico Einaudi’s album Una Mattina.
This is an album I used to always put on when I wrote but after some time, it became something I stopped doing. I also forgot how great it actually works for me.
Whenever I needed to focus when writing, I put this on and I can’t for the life of my remember why I ever stopped because once I did today, words flowed out of me like water from a fountain.
It. Was. Amazing.
This gem, in particular, was always my go-to song on the album, so I figured since most people suffer from writer’s block from time to time, and most aren’t familiar with Ludovico’s work, I’d kill two birds with one stone by introducing you to a great musician as well as a possible cure for your writer’s block.
So grab your headphones, plug ’em in and vibe with me and Ludovico Einaudi’s “DNA.”