Friday Writing Exercise: Make a Mantra 0 Comments

Friday Writing Exercise: Make a Mantra

TODAY’S Friday Writing Exercise is going to be some cray New Age hippie sheeit. Except awesome, because it revolves around literature.

YOU know when you get writer’s block and you start pulling out your hair and having nightmares about pens stabbing you in all your body parts? Well, today we’re going to develop a mantra, so that when you get into a tight spot with your writing you’ll be able to meditate on your mantra and hopefully free yourself from that state of writer’s block we all hate so much.

‘SO, what the heck is a mantra and why should I care?’ you may ask. And well you may.

A MANTRA is a repeated word or phrase that is used as a tool for chanting and meditation purposes, a way to connect with the inner workings of the mind. A mantra can be recited aloud, or said internally. It can be an individual or group mantra. You know those Hare Krishna guys and gals who wear orange and jump around with tambourines in the Melbourne CBD? They’re chanting a group mantra.

PROBABLY the most well-known mantra is ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’, a word of Dharmic origin which represents the sound of the universe. It is intended to be repeated over and over and over and over and over, which is why it needs to be short and simple.

HERE are some mantras I’ve collected for you:


Hare Krishna Mantra

Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

~ Brahma


Zen Mantra

My house having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.

~ Mizuta Masahide


Existential Mantra

Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am)

~ René Descartes


Science Mantra

E = mc2

~ Albert Einstein


Health Mantra

Lose 5 inches of belly fat in two weeks!!

~ Some advertisement on the internets


Gansta Mantra

Fuck tha Police



NOW it’s your task to either find or create a Literature Mantra. It can either be a quote by your favourite author, or your own musings about books, writing technique, genre, what inspires you to write, or whatever. The only condition is that it has to be literature-oriented. My current Literature Mantra is ‘Make your reader cry, make your reader cry, make your reader cry.’

THEN, every time you feel uninspired to write, or you feel the beast of the writer’s block stalking you, repeat your mantra to yourself and meditate on the words for a while. This way, you’ll be armed with a device to banish that pesky writer’s block.

PEACE, dudes.


There was a time when Chloe Brien wanted to be a fairy and work magic. Having given up on that dream, she instead wants to work magic with words. Her preferred incantations are fiction and poetry. She has been published in Verge, Voiceworks and elsewhere.

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