ANNA PENG

Opening Up

Not everybody can understand how you feel. You’re not alone, but those who will listen requires a bit of adventure outside your circle of familiarity.

And that voice in your head that’s says they won’t care? That they don’t want to hear it? It’s totally right in that they don’t care (how could they?). The other part of the answer is that we aren’t good mind readers, so maybe putting our words into their heads isn’t a sound strategy. 

What we need to do then, is deliberately draw our circle a little further so that it gets closer to where we want to be. 


Free Thoughts

Thoughts come and go because that’s just their nature. Everybody this fleeting thoughts—hundreds of them. They’re free. So much that people tend to throw them away because we just have too many. A fleeting thought isn’t worth much if it is not used.

What we need to do then, is do something with it whether it be writing a song, designing a logo, or writing a book. 

So we have a choice between doing what we’ve always allowed them do to which is letting them go, or we can take them and try something. 



Luhmann’s Slip Box

Nikolas Luhmann was a German sociologist and thinker who created a system for himself so that he would never have to face a blank page ever again.

Never face a blank page ever again. What Luhmann did was systematically organize any thoughts and bits of insightful research onto cards, and then stored away in categories.

He wrote over 70 books and 400 academic articles from keeping tens of thousand bits of organized cards of thought and citations.

For us as creatives, most of us keep a sketchbook of notes and drawings and have trouble referring back to specific pieces we jotted down from the past. This is different from keeping a sketchbook, as keeping a sketchbook documents a linear process. 

When we are faced with a blank page, it’s easy to say that inspiration will strike and we will have a finished project in no time. Often times that’s not the case.

The slip box method offers one way to keep a massive, complex, organized sketchbook of your ideas, especially when they’re valuable but not useful to you right now.

This is all say that we never started from scratch. No matter where you are, you’ve certainly come across valid points and experiences that you can use towards your work.

Don’t let that blank page fool you into fear, retreat, or anxiety.

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