Writer's block, no one wants that. Maybe you aren't a writer. Let's just call it creator's block. I believe we are all born to be creators of something. Your something might be dancing, cooking, humor, encouragement or whatever. Point is we all have those days where we just don't quite feel creating. Illness, lack of sleep or distractions may play a part in our lack of oomph. On the contrary, we also have those days when things just flow. Where we could just go on forever doing exactly what we love. Some call it flow. I call it the God Zone. When I am focused with God on my mission, things just seem to come out easier.
Here's the deal, last summer I wanted to exercise my writing muscles so I participated in a challenge on Instagram by a lovely blogger, Megan aka @pageflutter. At the beginning of the month she posts a list of prompts. Then, writers create a six word story around it. Here was the one I posted prompted by "spider's web" that Megan chose for writer of the week!
I came across her challenge mid-July so I participated part of July and all of August. It was fun, creative and connected me with some great people. My big prompt idea came when I started to focus on my book Save the Butter Tubs. I decided to create my own writing prompt list. I started with 31 days in mind but then upped it to 52 so that I would not only have a prompt for memes on Instagram but have at least one prompt per week for my new blog.
I brainstormed about Save the Butter Tubs. I wrote down any words that pertained to the stories, the theme, the cover design, and the writing process. Anything that I felt would get the juices flowing made the list. Do this on your good days! On the days you are in your zone!
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The process itself was very inspirational. It helped me envision Save the Butter Tubs. It was a great starting point for the creative process as a whole. This is nothing new. Brainstorming has been around forever. Now I am just using those results to stay focused in a new way.
I have always loved having a detailed plan for things. Nine years ago I worked with a great boss that liked to plan our whole year at once. Our department would go on retreats as a team and brainstorm new ideas. Then we would calendar everything that needed to be done for the entire year assigning tasks as to each person's job description or more importantly their wheelhouse. There was never a question of what to do next. I work well under this model. (I got promoted to the bosses position after he left so it must have worked! Thanks, Ken for the great model.) This model works in many industries and could change how businesses operate. It allows you to save time and money!
Like I said before, maybe you aren't a writer. Whatever you need inspiration for, this is a great place to start. I'd love to hear about the project you are brainstorming. If you are a writer or content creator on social media, I'd love to see your prompts in action. Use the hashtag #bigpromptidea so I can find your work. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!
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