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Jun 14, 2019 13:15:45

Fill up the tank

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 266 words | 352🔥 | 352💌

Brandon Wilson

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I knew a guy who always seemed to have money problems. He was the guy who would only put $3 of gas in his car sometimes. You can imagine how many times he ran out of gas and needed to be bailed out. 

I see many people writing about what to write about. It's a struggle sometimes to hit 200 words. I admit I went through that phase myself. But it doesn't happen to me anymore. 

Because I fill up the tank.

When you feel like you have nothing to say, it may be a symptom of a different problem. You're not filling up the tank.

I would like to ask you the following questions:

What are you reading?

What are you listening to?

What are you watching?

How are you engaging your brain on a daily basis? Maybe you're engaging it too much during the day, and by the time you sit down to write you are wiped out. I get it. 

If I ask you what book are you currently reading and you aren't reading any books, wrong answer. 

If I ask you what podcasts are you listening to and you say, "What's a podcast?" Wrong answer.

If I ask you what is the last great documentary you saw and you have no clue, wrong answer.

There is nothing wrong with listening to music, reading comic books, watching mindless content, etc. But if you are doing all of that to the exclusion of consuming quality content like nonfiction books, educational podcasts, and documentaries, you are missing a great opportunity.

The opportunity to fill up the tank.

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    @brandonwilson love the tank metaphor for the writing/creative process. Interestingly, @keenencharles wrote something about the tank too today - so great minds think alike! Something your post made me realise - I always thought I could get writing inspiration from my social media feeds, but to date, that had almost never happened. So like you said, quality matters. On contrary, I'd gotten so much writing inspo from the posts on 200wad - goes to show the quality here!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 15, 2019 16:04:56
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      @jasonleow I completely agree about the quality of posts here. Sometimes I'll have one idea in mind, but after reading some posts I might have something completely different to write about.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 15, 2019 06:18:54
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      @brandonwilson oh yes same same. In fact, I think I'd been writing replies to other people's posts all week even though I had something else I wanted to write about!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 15, 2019 21:22:58
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    @brandonwilson I agree. Event the smallest observation can stimulate ideas enough to fill the tank. If we just pay attention and then let go.

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 14, 2019 16:38:10
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    @brandonwilson - Ahhhhhhhh... Missed opportunity indeed. Lately - I have a lot of content to write about. My tank must be overflowing. :) This felt nice to read.

    I struggled in the middle too...but I don't anymore. The act of writing here has made me start and chase many interesting things that I can't wait to share. It's a wonderful vicious circle.
    Thank you for the reminder Brandon!

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 14, 2019 16:48:18
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      @brandonwilson @keni Fully agree! I keep a list of ideas that I want to write about and it's filling up more and more because I'm always asking myself "Could I write about this on 200wad?"

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 14, 2019 19:29:09
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      @keni Let the cup runneth over...

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 15, 2019 06:17:40
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      @keni @juliasaxena Absolutely have to keep that list! Nothing worse than losing a fleeting idea due to that pesky memory.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 15, 2019 06:18:07
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