You’re on deadline. You must finish your article on time. That’s when your creative thinking decides to take a leave of absence. And it does so with no notice.
You’re stuck. You have to write, but you just stare at the computer screen and your fingers do not move.
Every writer has been in this situation. But knowing you aren’t alone won’t help you finish your piece and turn it in on schedule.
These seven creativity hacks will, though.
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I was down to the wire.
The clock was running out, and I had to get this piece — my first-ever paid blog post — to my editor in New York by 5 p.m. The menu bar on my laptop read 1:33 p.m. Pacific time, giving me less than half an hour to clean up my act and hit SEND like a champion.
I know what you’re thinking. I should’ve started earlier, right?
But the problem wasn’t that I had too little. I had too much.
About double the target word count.
My undoubtedly brilliant article comparing toilets around the world (we’re talkin’ pure glamour here, folks!) was way too long, and I could already hear that horrible sound in the distance: a New York City toilet flushing, with all my hard work―and my paycheck!―swirling down with it.
Instead of giving up, I got my piece into my editor‘s inbox within 27 minutes. And I got paid. Twice.
Here’s the strategy that saved the day.