Thursday, January 17, 2008


By Nichole Giles

Have you ever had one of those weeks when your brain worked fine, just not in the way you wanted it to? I can think about getting my kids to and fro—and by to and fro I mean all over the city starting at 7:45 a.m. and returning for good at 9:10 p.m.—and I can edit things that are already written, or things other people have written, but try as I might, I have not been able to think of a single topic for a blog.

Usually, I write my blogs days in advance. But lately, I’ve been struggling to pull topics out of the air. I’m starting to wonder if the creative side of my brain is rejecting the horrid, cold Utah weather. The blood in my head seems to slow considerably with the seconds of prolonged exposure, turning into slush as it makes its way through the nooks and crannies, and finally turning into a solid mass of ice when it reaches the final destination.

I thought to write about starting a fresh new year, about second chances and new opportunities, but I didn’t get past the title before the brain-ice closed me down.

I started writing about the insane human need to do more than that of which we are physically capable, but I never even got the first line finished.

I almost wrote about finding humor in the little everyday things. Things we would forget about if we didn’t take notice and write them down. (This going along with the LDS Humor project on which I am currently working.)

I even considered posting a writing prompt or inspirational quote to help my readers and myself get started with our blank pages. But I got distracted, played mother, cook, and taxi, and when I came back, the idea fizzled like a fire with no kindling.

So, I’m very sorry everyone, but I have no topic this week. But I will offer you a word of advice. Even when you struggle to come up with a topic, write anyway. It’s the only sure way to prevent a winter of brain-freeze.

Quote for today:

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
~Anaïs Nin


C. L. Beck said...

Hey, I know the feeling. You'd think it'd be easier to write in the winter, but it doesn't seem to be so.

Loved your analogies in this blog. Good job.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Must be going around. My brain has been like that all month.

Nichole Giles said...

Yes, ladies, from what I hear, the cold weather isn't helping anyone with creativity.

On the bright side, spring is on it's way.


Tristi Pinkston said...

I hear ya -- and I've found that's my brain telling me I need a break.

I'm on a very short vacation from this week -- I sat down to blog and realized I had nothin'. I haven't blogged since Tuesday and I'm already feeling much better and ready to hit it again on Monday.

Candace E. Salima said...

Hmmmm, maybe that's what is wrong with me. It is cold!

Nichole Giles said...

Tristi, Candace, I'm thinking a trip to somewhere tropical and warm might be just what I need. I wish I could drive to Hawaii!

Or maybe Tahiti?