Much Ado About Nothing

Seinfeld was a show about nothing.

This is a blog post about nothing, as in "I need to write something for today, and I've got nothing."

Mild panic set in as I realized this is only the start of the second week of my goal to post once a day, and already I'm out of ideas. Not good. 

I even tried all the usual stuff, as mentioned here and here. Still nothing. Definitely not good.

Actually, though, there was some good. In the midst of my angst over today's post, I had a couple of ideas on other projects that are simmering in the background. So, not a total loss, and one of three lessons I was reminded of:
  1. There's nothing like a deadline to help create something. Anything. Even something about nothing.
  2. Working on one project will likely result in ideas that can be used somewhere else. It's like when you see something out of the corner of your eye, and then turn your head to see it more clearly. An unexpected new point of focus.   
  3. Carry a notepad everywhere and writing utensil everywhere! Write down the inspiration before it leaks out.   

What do you find most helpful when you've "got nothing?" What's the silver lining for you in those moments?  

3 Responses to “Much Ado About Nothing”

  1. Andy says:

    I’m only trying to write weekly and I run into that feeling often!

  2. Margaret says:

    What opens my mind without my help (absolutely critical to the creative process) is to occupy my hands with some task – it’s a little like breathing into a paper bag when you can’t catch your breath. My mind – like my body – works very well when I quit trying to drive it. My best problem solutions come in the middle of the night; new ideas come when my mind feels empty (of me). Hmm. A little like being open to God and seeing what comes of it. Cool.

  3. Andy – you’re my first commenter. Hmmmm… seems like a prize is in order. How about an adult beverage at Extravaganza?
    Margaret – so true. I’ve heard it called “Thinking with your hands.”