Feb 13, 2019 23:21:54

Don't know what to write? Write about not knowing what to write.

by @jasonleow | 202 words | 110πŸ”₯ | 110πŸ’Œ

Jason Leow

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The best trick to do when you're stuck and unsure what to write for the day, is to write about why you're stuck, how you're feeling about it, and what you can try to do.


I'd been having a slump week so far, so I know haha. It sucks. I really want to keep writing. I love my streak. But the well is dry. Bone dry! But reading the main feed, I realised others seem to be doing that too! @abrahamKim just wrote something today about struggling to write. @brandonwilson wrote a fantastic reply to my "struggling to write" post a few days ago, though it probably wasn't because he was stuck. And check out this hilarious but creative post by @lucjah - I love it! "I'm sooo tired" hahahaha. Awesome! Apparently, this trick is an open secret already.


I think it happens to be a great way to get unstuck, by exploring and asking questions about the 'stuckiness'. Maybe questioning the situation and surfacing your feelings about it makes it more salient, and salience makes slumps easier to recognise and accept. 


Like they say in therapy, the first step to recovery is to recognise that you have a 'problem'!  

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    @jasonleow I love that you went there: content vs process
    Content of <<Don't know what to write>>
    Process <<Write about not knowing what to write>>
    (<<Essentially, content refers to β€œwhat”, and process refers to β€œwhy” or β€œhow”>>)
    I'm definitely a "process person" (probably that's why not much is in the column of "done" :D
    I go a bit doolally when digging into what lies underneath actions, opinions
    like here... right @basilesamel hihihi
    [https://200wordsaday.com/words/vanquishing-resistance-33925c3594211a549]

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 14, 2019 12:18:01
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      @lucjah heh thanks for the analysis. Content vs process indeed! Now I know what the hell I was doing, because I was just improvising on the spot due to the writing dry spell

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 14, 2019 22:48:01
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    @jasonleow Whatever works! Keep that streak alive!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 13, 2019 08:24:21
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      @brandonwilson hahah 200 words is 200 words, trick or not! Still racing ya haha

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 13, 2019 23:27:56
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      @jasonleow @brandonwilson I think @lucjah still won this game with her "I'm tired" post haha πŸ˜‚

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 13, 2019 22:33:06
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      @jasonleow @basilesamel You are easy to please ;0

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 13, 2019 08:34:08
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      @basilesamel i second that. The post is a game changer haha

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 14, 2019 00:07:25
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      @jasonleow @brandonwilson @basilesamel @philh
      hihihi.. yes, that was "clever" wasn't it?
      I plan a many more "interesting" endeavours on "rainy days" :-)))))
      (there are real inspirations for that in the world of words)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 14, 2019 09:54:23
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      @jasonleow @brandonwilson aha! what do you mean? :D

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 14, 2019 12:15:01
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      @lucjah hope to see more of your writing adventures on rainy days!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 14, 2019 22:20:51
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