Do you ever draw a complete blank when preparing a speech or working on a writing project? Are you ever at a loss for words or just don’t know what to write about? If so, try this exercise that will not only provide you with wisdom (hopefully) but also get you moving past writer’s block as well.
Start off by Googling quotes and chose a quotation that you like or one that aligns with your assigned topic. Then jot down as many ideas as you can about relative topics you could get from using this quote. Don’t filter the ideas with thoughts of, “This won’t work.” Go for quantity not quality.
For example, I found the following quotation from Bil Keane. He was an American cartoonist whose comic, The Family Circus, became syndicated in many newspapers beginning in 1960. You’ll get a kick out of his play on words.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ~ Bil Keane
You could expound or philosophize on:
- Yesterdays in your life
- Events from history
- History and what we learn from it
- Your favorite time in history
- Your hopes and dreams for tomorrow
- The illusiveness of tomorrow
- No guarantees for tomorrow
- Today and living for the here and now
- Gifts in general
- God’s gift
- God – an infinitely broad topic
- Why today might be God’s gift
- Present (here and now)
- Presents you’ve received …
Keep the list going at least long enough to get your thoughts going in an appropriate direction or until you go crazy. At any rate, the exercise should get your juices flowing in a direction that will move you off of dead center and having you wave farewell to writer’s block.