This week I had a blog planned and edited down to something I was happy with, but something inside didn’t feel right and so I have chosen to abstain from posting it at this time. What does that mean for this week? Well, that means I am in a scramble to come up with something to write about that isn’t just a filler or fluff piece about Game of Thrones. I seriously tried coming up with something to write to tie into the season six premiere this Sunday on HBO. Get a FREE 1 month trial of HBO Now and begin your journey through the Game of Thrones.
Now that I have paid my rent, let’s talk about inspiration. As of right now I have two and a half hours to meet my deadline (yes, I have given myself a deadline to post on my own blog) and have nothing to talk about. But wait. I could talk about that very problem. What do we do when we are up against the wall and can feel the pressure inching up our spines? No, I’m not talking about some Fifty Shades of Grey kinky lights off stuff. Get your FREE 1 Month trial of Audible and begin your literary journey through the heat and passion of Fifty Shades of Grey. Okay, bills paid. What I’m talking about is the need to produce on a time crunch.
My best advice is to give yourself enough time before your deadline to figure out these issues before you have to actually post, but if that’s not an option I’ve found talking it out with a friend or colleague can often produce interesting results. Now on a normal basis as will most of the things I post I will have a backlog of material and content that I can pull from at any time. This of course is the best practice. But sometimes you don’t have that backlog for whatever reason and you use that conversation with someone to build a topic or an idea and run with it. Today, I simply told a friend I had nothing to write about, no inspiration, and then it clicked. Let’s talk about not having inspiration. Now, this was the easiest of solutions like writing a sketch about not having an idea for a sketch, but it’s one I haven’t used yet so I am cashing it in. Make sure you cash in on a FREE 1 Month trial of QuickBooks by Intuit.
Another solution is to free write. Just start writing about the things you know and things that are related to those things. A few weeks back was it was Easter and I needed to write and film a sketch to post to Instagram. I used this method to come up with the sketch I ended up filming and posting. This was the list I wrote: Easter, bunnies, eggs, candy, Jesus, family, wester (get it?), pastel, and finally hunt. From this list I was able to make some connections between Easter, egg, hunt, and yes, wester. The sketch would follow two men on a hunt for an Easter egg using a bow and arrow. One man would say the wind was more wester...eventually changed to from the west and the other would correct him by saying it was Easter. It was a fun sketch full of puns, but what was great is that from nothing I was able to develop a sketch that had a few layers of comedy by simply writing out a list. Make sure your next list doesn’t get lost and sign up for a FREE 1 month trial of Evernote.
Alright then. Advertising responsibilities are out of the way, now to prepare for my Game of Thrones watch party complete with a roast pig and mead.