An easy way to thaw brain freeze

You’ve cleared your schedule.

You have a fresh pad of paper and a sharp pencil or new pen or you have opened a new file on your computer.

You have a couple of index cards on your desk with your topic on them ready to write about.

You have a brain freeze. You can’t think of a thing to write.

You want to support your writing schedule. After all, it took a while to get the time set aside in your busy life.

Here are several websites you can go to for a break that will give you something to write about:

  • The History Channel has a great This Day in History You can check out multiple events in a variety of categories. Today’s events include Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the RMS Titanic hitting the iceberg in 1912, and Webster’s first American Dictionary of the English Language being printed in 1818. You can also sign up for a daily email containing the lead story of the day.
  • Holiday Insights has 2016 Bizarre, Wacky and Unique Holidays. They celebrate International Guitar Month, National Pecan Month, and National Welding Month as well as several others. The second week of April is Garden Week. And April 14 is International Moment of Laughter Day, Reach as High as You Can Day, and National Pecan Day.
  • Days of the Year has found some of the less familiar themes of the month and holidays. For example April is Couple Appreciation Month, Inventor’s Month, and Poetry Month among others. April 14 is Look Up at the Sky Day.

I can hear you asking why I am suggesting you look up some history or find out about these out-of-the-ordinary holidays. My suggestion to you is that you pick one that resonates with you and use it as inspiration for writing a few paragraphs that connect your topic to the event or holiday.

A health and fitness coach might write about where or how pecans fit into a healthy diet. Or about relieving stress by looking up at the sky.

A business coach might write about problem solving after your ship hits an iceberg or the power of invention.

A relationship coach might write a poem about couple appreciation and the value of laughter.

Or do a stretch and find a way to connect guitars or welding to your topic.

Even if you end up tossing what you have written, this exercise will help you stretch your understanding of your topic and keep your promise to yourself to use this time to write.

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