A few weeks back I posted that I had gone through a creative block of late and that I had found a really great list from someone I follow on Twitter @Suzie81blog. Well things still aren’t swinging and groovy in the creative lands of my mind for one reason or another, but hey, it’s swings and roundabouts at the moment. Creativity isn’t the only thing keeping me away from writing right now; health, wealth and perceived wisdom has a little to do with it too.
Back to my point. The list that Suzie posted was quite simply put, Brilliant. It was for me, a revelation. It struck a chord in me that fired the synapses and got me over that hump and allowed me to write that first post out of the blockage. I guess it takes something brilliant to do that.
The reason I think the list worked for me was that it started off being ‘odd’. The number of things in the list wasn’t a round number – 46 Ideas To Beat Blogger’s Block – who creates a list with only 46 items when 4 more will round it up to an even 50; a genius that’s who. The list is full of great ideas and I felt I didn’t want to lose them, but I didn’t want to slavishly work my way through the list 1-46.
I remembered an idea from another blogging site that suggested you create a pot of post ideas for those times that you run dry of ideas for posts. It was something I had always meant to do, and had started making the list myself in scratch pads time and time again. I had never actually gotten around to putting the ideas into the pot and… doing it.
However, it is now in place. Suzie’s list is now My Pot of Ideas.
The great thing is it can be added to when a post or idea that I come across that I think is great but don’t think I am up to at that time. I can write it down fold it up and put in the pot. Then when I am at a loose end and feel the urge to write but am at a bit blank I can pull out a piece of paper and away I go. There are a few subjects on the list that aren’t really conducive to my way of writing as they stand (and probably how Suzie initially considered them to written) but I figure that if I pull out one of those tickets, it gives me a challenge to bend the will of fate to my way of thinking for that day, and let’s face it… I have a pretty twisted way of thinking at the best of times.
So that is my back up plan. After all these years of blindly fumbling my way through the blogosphere I now have an official “back up plan”, it is scary really… it’s kind of like getting my first Mortgage (not that any bank would give one of those really anyway, but I can imagine). Onwards!
Until next time…