She tackles the issue of writer’s block with the suggestion that we set aside a box and fill it with prompts, adding to it anytime we think of a new one. She solves the time issue by setting a timer and writing for just 10 minutes. The idea behind this is to assist those who are time poor but still want to make sure they are posting regularly. She says that the beauty of 10 minutes, is that it takes us away from spending too much time perfecting our text. Andrea says that she learned to live by the creed “perfect is the enemy of done“. So good! How many of us delay or defer publishing because “it’s just not quite right”?
I love the idea of the prompt box because it extends on from the Daily Prompt exercise we did in Blogging 101. I loved the way it challenged me to not just write about the prompt itself but to take it in a different direction. I could feel brain neurons firing and new connections being formed! Loved it! It highlighted for me Seth Godin’s quote “there is no such thing as writer’s block because there is no such thing as talker’s block“.
I was discussing this with my partner who is a photographer and we reckon this practice of taking a prompt and doing something with it could crossover into any creative pursuit. For example with his photography, taking a prompt and giving himself a very short timeframe to shoot – means his desire to do some creative work (outside of his day job) can be achieved without a huge time commitment plus each time he does this as a practice (doing it regularly), he is creating new ideas, learning new skills and producing art.
One of my favourite quotes is from Lucille Ball, “the more you do, the more you can do”.
Andrea’s tips very much encourage this.