OMG I have writer’s block.
I sat down to write today and hit a wall. This doesn’t happen to me very often. Usually I sit down and ideas come at me from every direction. Not so today, no way, no how. I had to stop and think about the talks I have given about finding topics to write about. I tell people to look at magazine covers for ideas. I have taken children’s classics and used the title of a chapter for an idea. I get great ideas from having the TV on in the background. Today nothing worked.
I am puzzled. I always have something to write about. I am creative. Creative thoughts pepper my brain all the time. Nothing.
I opened my adult coloring book hoping to find inspiration there.
I found this quote among the images:
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Sorry, Thich, it is still not working. I even tried meditating on the word enlightenment. Pretty soon I found myself trying to rhyme some of the syllables in the word. I was hardly feeling enlightened.
I pulled out my 2016 Day Planner by Paulo Coelho that I keep on my desk because I like his quotes and the very first one I came to is this:
“There are moments when one should act and moments when one should accept. The warrior knows how to distinguish between these moments. “
Well Mr. Coelho I call bullshit on this because I am trying to act and it looks like I am going to have to accept – ok? I retract the bullshit call. This warrior gives up.
We have all been there, right? We have been lost in space, somewhere over the rainbow, dancing on the ceiling of trying to write something, not just anything. Now I have songs in my head – did I mention that song titles are a good way to get an inspiring idea? Just leave “It’s a Small. Small World” behind.
Darn it where are my ideas? Don’t you know I have writer’s block?
Then it happened. I knew what was blocking my brain. I knew why my brain was blocked. Life has a way of turning off our creativity especially when our brain is working within a vacuum of negative occurrences and no matter how much I tried to break the seal, my brain was protecting me from outside sources.
I will leave you with one more quote:
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman
Think about that one!
Till next time –
PS I had several people tell me they like my short podcasts because I disseminate a lot of information in a short period of time, and because I have a pleasing voice. I will take that!
Did you hear last week’s under 9 minute episode: