How to get over writer’s block, unlock your creativity, and brainstorm great ideas

This was adapted from CNBC's Work It newsletter on LinkedIn all things work — from how to land the job to how to succeed in your career. Click here to subscribe. Hello! And welcome to the CNBC Work It newsletter about all things work — from landing the job to how to succeed in your career. So many of us have been there: Staring at a blank page, trying to come up with some brilliant ideas for that next brainstorming meeting. Or that clever opening line for your presentation. That idea that will just wow them. It's agony. You know you can do it. But where are the ideas? They should be here by now, right?! My favorite depiction of this is in the movie “Adaptation.” Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicolas Cage) is sitting down to write and is just staring at the blank page on his typewriter. His inner monologue: To begin. To begin. How to start … [He stares at the wall, waiting for inspiration to strike.] I'm hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. But I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. Coffee and a muffin … OK … [deep breath] So, I need to establish the themes … He can't help his mind from wandering. (Being hungry doesn't help.) He finally puts his hands on the typewriter, and then a thought hits him … Maybe banana nut. That's a […]

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