And Then My Mind Went Blank!
Day 96/365: When you have no creative juices left for the last article of the day…
I follow a daily routine that suffers little to no distortions most of the time. I wake up, freshen up, make breakfast and then start work. I usually do a batch of articles in the morning, then the Medium daily post, then lunch and then leave the longest article for the afternoon.
I know, it’s counterproductive, I should be doing my work the other way around, and so on. But what works for me might not work for you, so if a certain thing works for you, why would you listen to a guy on the Internet and change your ways?
The thing is, sometimes my mind just goes blank when trying to think of a good subject for my daily Medium post. With work, I have the idea of the article that I need to write already sorted. All I need to do is start the creative process and to see through it, which usually works like a charm.
But when you stop that flow of established topics and need to find a new one on the spot, sometimes after writing up to 5.000 words before the daily post, your mind just simply goes blank from time to time.
How do you keep on going after suffering from a case of blank mind?
- First and foremost, avoid encountering the blank mind. How? By keeping a set of titles or ideas somewhere on your phone, or here on Medium, or in a notebook. By having some ideas that you already thought of at your disposal, you can just write on them and go by your day.
- Stop and move. This is what I did just now. I had many ideas from where to start a new article, but I’m tired and Easter is coming up and I’m still at the desk, so I’m in no mood for a serious piece of writing. I just went and had a little walk, and then decided to write on the problem itself. I solved the problem by writing about it! It’s the little tricks…
- If none of the above works, you’re left with the third and final option: steal. Check on your favourite writers and see what they’ve been up to. Get one of their ideas and go for your personal touch on it. Go on Twitter, Instagram or, ok let’s include it, Facebook and see what’s making the news today. Get inspired, or simply steal a good idea and make it shine if that’s the last thing you can do in order to avoid a complete blackout.
I’m off for the day. It’s so rainy here, shops are out of umbrellas, and it looks like we’re going to be having a rainy Easter after a sunny and perfect week. Well, what can you do…
Thank you for your time!
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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 47 claps!
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