Sit for a moment. Close your eyes.
Is your mind quiet? Is it still? Or is there a voice there?
It’s good to take time out of the day to rest your mind and let your thoughts catch up with themselves. Set aside the tasks that nag for completion and the worries that niggle away.
Listen instead for threads of a story, lines of poetry or other words. That is the voice of your inner writer, waiting to be heard. It’s working even when your mind is elsewhere.
Sylvia Plath once said: ‘I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.’
Something you are truly meant to write will often refuse to lie down. This can happen when the idea first arrives or after you’ve been working on it a while.
Listen for that voice that refuses to be stilled. It’s calling you.