Does one need a clear mind to write, or does writing clear the mind? Maybe it works both ways...
Having just completed another check through of the edits of my forthcoming book about avoiding back pain with the Alexander Technique, I find I'm relieved and also stimulated. There is nothing like writing to help clear the mind and develop one's understanding of something, because you can't explain something clearly and succinctly if it's unclear in your own mind. And boy, have I found myself challenged to make easy sense of some complex matters to do with poise, balance and co-ordination.
I find writing so very therapeutic and stimulating, all at the same time. Not to say it can't be frustrating when the words are elusive, the logical sequence and train of discussion escapes me, but there is nothing like reminding one's self of what one is supposed to know, than putting it down on paper....or onto screen in front of me.
A yawning blank page is enough to put anyone off and the longer one looks at it, the balder and blanker it looks, until you either run away and make a cup of tea or determinedly write any old thing just to get the brain cells and fingers working. When there's something on paper, then you've got something to develop, change or focus on. I sometimes start by saying the most outrageous things, only to use these as a catalyst to get me going and then delete the nonsense once it's all flowing. Maybe I should keep the nonsense and forget the rest as it may be a better read!
I've got to do another round of checks to this manuscript, finish the captioning of photographs then discuss a few details with the publisher before it's taken out of my hands and the next time I see it will be in printed form in the shops in February 2011.
I do hope to find lots more mistakes and typos. The more I find and correct now, arguably the fewer readers will discover when they read it....that is assuming that people want to know the source of their back problem and how to get rid of it for themselves!