Getting unstuck.

Today is day two of the 30x30 challenge and I feel more stuck than I expected. I thought about writing about Daylight Savings Time, Day of the Dead and the Blair Witch Project. All of those topics are worthwhile and may make an appearance later, but since we’re on day two and I feel hopelessly stuck, I thought a list of things that help me get unstuck might be helpful.

 

Make lists.

Though they don’t generally help get your creative juices flowing, lists give you a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment may sometimes free your brain to have an idea. I usually find that lists aren’t helpful to me now, but are helpful later when I am looking for an idea to explore.

Here is a list of topics I may explore this month:

 

 

Make pictures.

Possibly more of a distraction tactic, the images make me giggle and give a different sense of accomplishment. You now have a tangible thing.

Last night I was goofing off and I made a few graphics; perhaps it was early anticipation of the writers block I am experiencing this morning. It was a delightful waste of time and I guess it *did* help with my writers block because I am including them now.

This is an illustration of a situation that happened yesterday.

This is an illustration of a situation that happened yesterday.

 
A beautiful Haiku written by my friend Heather. I made this because her Haiku inspired me, but there was an added bonus when she used it on the Facebook page for Holly and Heather Adopt. 

A beautiful Haiku written by my friend Heather. I made this because her Haiku inspired me, but there was an added bonus when she used it on the Facebook page for Holly and Heather Adopt

 

And I made promotional images for Twitter for the article I wrote yesterday

 

  Though I still feel like the first image I made was the best.

 

 

Revisit an old topic.

I keep a notepad on my computer and a Google Doc folder with half started ideas. Upon evaluating them this morning, there are a few good ones but nothing that can be turned out quickly. This means I am probably going to need to spend a few minutes of every day revisiting old ideas and trying to get traction on them. This was a good thing to learn on day two. 

 

 

Give yourself space to have ideas.

Though I think the physical space is important, I’m mostly talking about brain space in this idea. Feeling like you have to produce because this is the time you’ve allocated to produce is pretty uninspiring. I shouldn’t feel pressure to clear lots of time to work on 30x30 so that every idea can be perfect, but I shouldn’t squelch an idea that happens in my non-scheduled time.

 

 

Walk away from the computer.

And that is what I am doing right now. It’s time for coffee, breakfast and some exercise. Perhaps writing first thing in the morning no longer works for me?