The Telegraph reports that Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno hangs upside down to get the creative juices flowing again when he has writer’s block. Writer’s block is sure to paralyze you at some point during your blogging career but you don’t need to try inversion therapy if it doesn’t appeal to you, as the cure for writer’s block is also the cure for procrastination and perfectionism.
“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” ― Hilary Mantel
Consult your calendar
Do you follow the solar calendar whose dates indicate the position of the earth on its revolution around the sun or equivalently the apparent position of the sun moving on the celestial sphere? This calendar has a regular year of 365 days divided into 12 months leap day is added to February every four years. The year is, therefore, on average 365.25 days long.
Or do you follow a lunar calendar based on cycles of the lunar phase? As there are about twelve lunations (synodic months) in a solar year, this period (354.37 days) is sometimes referred to as a lunar year.
Take a look at your calendar and note the upcoming local, regional and national events. There you will find a way to chart your course out of the writer’s block maze.
I live in British Columbia, Canada and follow the Julian Calendar. The next special occasion for me is summer solstice AKA National Aboriginal Day.
June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously marks the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. On summer solstice every year Canadians celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples (the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples).
National Aboriginal Day events are held in every region across Canada and vary from region to region. Most National Aboriginal Day Events include (but are not limited to) gatherings with educational booths, traditional food, traditional contemporary music, dance and singing, sports, the cutting of a cake to honor National Aboriginal Day and Sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies. National Aboriginal Day announces lineup of performers (cbc.ca). To view some interesting images check out Flickr Hive mind.
Fortunately, every day is a Holiday and every month is a National event month somewhere in the world. That means no matter which calendar you follow, every one contains all you need to prompt you break through writer’s block by blogging about local, regional, National and International events, occasions and Holidays. Do some background research to prepare, then celebrate a special event, take lots of photos and blog about your experience.
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
If you still need a kick-start to get get you blogging mojo back, June is:
- Adopt-a-Cat Month
- African-American Music Appreciation Month
- ALS Awareness Month
- Candy Month
- Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- Gay Pride Month
- Men’s Health Month
- Meteor Day (June 30th)
- National Safety Month
- Rose Month
- Superman’s Birthday (June 30th, 1938)
- Zoo and Aquarium Month