Sometimes, we all run out of ideas. We feel like a battery run flat. At that moment, we wish we were like a cell phone – just plug a USB into the side of our heads and let the ideas flow in. This is particularly bad if we’re working up against a deadline, or only have a little time to write, so we want to make it count. Here are some ways to recharge! Please add your own in the comments if I’ve missed something.
1. Meditate. Totally relax, just for two or three minutes, and let go.
2. Write down ten ideas about something – anything – totally unrelated to your project.
3. Take a walk. Let your mind wander.
4. Have a cup of tea. L-Theanine is good for your brain.
5. Take a short (no more than twenty minute) nap.
6. Exercise. It sounds strange, but often exercise brings energy, not the other way around.
7. Play. Preferably not with anything electronic.
8. Write down a list of things regarding your subject. Odd little details, the nuttier the better.
9. Get yourself laughing. Do something really silly, like juggling pants.
10. Blow the screen a giant raspberry and start writing anyway – one word at a time, it doesn’t matter where. After all, you can always delete later. The important thing is to get going.
11. Read a lot. All subjects. You’ll have more output when you have more input.
12. Keep a small notebook, write all your ideas down. Look over that when you’re stuck.
13. Stay positive!
(And don’t forget to look at my last post, I really need reader input!)