Lost Your Motivation To Write? How to Get Your Mojo Back

    How’s your motivation to write?

    Have you lost your writing mojo?

    Your mind whirls in a dance of distress as you stare at that blinking cursor.

    Dammit! You have a deadline!

    You know and follow the expert writing advice: set a schedule, push through resistance, keep at it. Yet the words won’t flow.

    You can’t find that writing mojo!

    What’s wrong?

    Maybe it’s time to take a break.

    Wait, wait…hold the shrieking. How can you possibly take a break when you’re already behind with projects or deadlines?

    It’s been proven: rest increases your productivity and writing output.

    Think about it. When your last brilliant new idea blossomed, were you sitting at your desk, flogging yourself to keep going?

    I doubt it.

    Allowing the mind some fallow time is how we let in new ideas and inspirations.

    Self-Care For Writers

    Every writer worth his or her salt knows they must keep their butt in the chair and write. However, it’s equally important to get your butt out of that chair.


    You know that old adage about cooking while you’re in the midst of an argument? All that angry energy goes into the food. Well, the same applies to writing while you’re feeling depleted. You wind up with depleted prose.

    Your creative brain is a muscle. Consider how athletes train. They push themselves – hard. Yet for optimum performance, muscles need recovery time. So athletes take days off training to rejuvenate their muscles.

    Our creative muscles need breaks too. A change in focus replenishes those creative and intellectual synapses, priming you for another session.

    Do you recognize when your mind muscle needs a rest?

    Your body always tells you. The hard part is listening. When you push past those warning signs, your work suffers, your creative process flags, and – worst of all – you lose the joy of writing.

    But what about all that work waiting to be done?

    Here’s the good news: Self-care for writers takes only small snippets of time.

    In fact, probably less time than you spend poking around on Facebook or perusing Pinterest.

    Practice these five tips and watch your motivation to write soar.

    #1: Movement

    Back away from the computer! It’s easy to get glued to that screen, even once inspiration wanes.

    Moving your body brings blood to every cell, including brain cells.

    Ideally, carve out at a minimum of a half hour each day to get your heart pumping. This can be as simple as a walk through your neighborhood or as elaborate a fancy new workout routine at the gym. Turning up some music and dancing around the room works too.

    Any type of movement is better than none. If you can’t fit in an exercise routine, you’ll still notice a massive difference in your productivity if you get up and walk around, do a few stretches, climb some stairs, or step outside. Take a short ‘movement break’ for every hour you sit at your desk.

    Start today. Set a timer and get up and away from your desk for 2-5 minutes each hour. Way better than Facebook!

    #2: Hydrate

    Are you drinking at least one glass of water for each cup of coffee or caffeinated beverage you consume? Even if you don’t fuel your writing with caffeine, how often to you remember to slake your thirst?

    The human brain is 70 percent water, and this needs to be replenished to operate effectively. Sadly for coffee achievers, caffeine dehydrates you and pulls water from your cells.

    It’s a simple fix to include more water into your day. Keep a large glass on your desk, and make sure to drain it every two hours. Before you refill that coffee mug, drink a glass of water.

    #3: Sleep

    This is the first thing to get short shrift in a busy person’s life – and writers are as guilty as anyone else. Maybe you get up an hour early to give yourself time to write. A good practice – as long as you’re making up for that lost time by slipping between the sheets a bit earlier, or taking a short nap.

    I’m a huge fan of the power nap. It works wonders when your brain shuts down and you can’t come up with fresh words or the solution to your story conundrum.

    Get away from your desk and settle on the couch or even on the floor. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, release whatever problem you’re struggling with and let your eyes close. With practice you will drift off and awaken surprisingly refreshed when the timer goes off. At a minimum, your brain will be rested and your eyes ready to stare at that screen again.

    If brain fade isn’t enough incentive to try a power nap, consider this:  Shirking on sleep can result in premature aging symptoms like wrinkles and disease.

    #4: Nourishment

    Fueling your creativity with cheez-its only pays off for so long. You might get away with such habits for years, thinking you’re saving time by not fussing with food preparation.

    Yet, depriving yourself of needed nourishment will eventually result in frequent illness, aches and pains, and sluggishness. All of which will keep you from producing the stellar writing you know you’re capable of.

    Did the word ‘sluggishness’ ring a bell? If you’re reaching for sugary snacks and junk food to boost your energy, here’s what happens: Your blood sugar spikes and you think, woo hoo! I’m on a roll now! Then, BAM, that blood sugar plummets and your brain basically shuts down. Goodbye writing mojo!

    Rather than reaching for another candy bar, experiment with different snacks.

    Not quite ready to give up your goodies? At least add in some vegetables, fruits and whole grain breads to counteract their effect.

    Before you sit down to work (or before you go to bed), prepare a few healthy snacks so they’re ready for you when hunger hits.

    #5: Mindfulness practice

    I resisted starting a meditation practice for years. I wanted to do it, but I just didn’t have time. Perhaps you feel the same?

    Study after study shows that a regular mindfulness practice results in increased productivity, sharper memory, and a flow of creativity.

    I finally made the commitment to practice for just five minutes a day, which I soon increased to 10. It turns out that 10 minutes a day is enough to derive some of the amazing benefits of meditation!

    Sounds impossible? I challenge you to give it a try for 21 days and see if you notice a difference in your writing. If you’re wondering how to start, take a look at Mary Jacksch’s article on how to meditate at Good Life Zen.

    If you still balk at setting aside even 10 minutes, try incorporating mindfulness into something you already do. Make one meal a day your mindful meal. No reading or TV, just you slowly chewing your food and tuning in. Or practice mindfulness while walking.

    Remember, a writer’s most important tool is a well-rested mind, one that is ready to explore, examine, and express. When you take a break, and pause to focus on something different, you will return to your writing newly energized, clear, and with fresh inspiration.

    Go ahead and indulge in some writer’s self care. You may be astonished at the results.

    How about you? Do you already practice any or all of these self care tips? If not, which one can you implement today?

    About the Author:

    Sarah O’Leary is a writer and wellness coach on a mission to empower women feel vibrant, look radiant and finally step up to their dreams. She believes in having fun and living healthy, and that the two can coexist. Download her free ebook, Pathway To Radiance:Self-Care Stories and Strategies from 50 Empowered Women.

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    • Rebecca Martin says:

      Sarah, I loved this article. I’ve been writing a story for four months and I find that my mind gets fatigued with the writing, which then turns to self-doubt and self-deprecation. When I start feeling that way, I’ll switch gears and either read or listen to music (or maybe both.) It’s still a way to exercise those creative muscles and sometimes I’ve unexpectedly gotten inspiration from a quote in a book or a lyric of a song. Then it’s right back to the ol’ laptop.

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    • Irwin says:

      I take naps, switch on the TV, listen to music, go outside, talk to friends, or read a good book to get over a difficulty in writing. And I have discovered that a lot of them works.

      Great post, by the way!

      • Sarah says:

        Sounds like you’ve figured out some excellent self-care techniques for keeping your own writing mojo alive! It’s all about what works for YOU. And of course, knowing when to get back to the writing!

    • I have a sign above me desk to remind me to Breathe! I might add another couple of signs to go beside it, move, hydrate …….. great ideas Sarah

      • Sarah says:

        Breathe! That’s certainly one of the most important reminders Ciara! You’re off to a great start on the self-care if you take a break to tune in to your breath.

    • Amit Amin says:

      “Maybe it’s time to take a break.” Brilliant.

      So much better to rejuvenate than to slug through and produce crap. It makes you more productive, and it just feels so much better.

      Personally, I get my mojo back by going for a quick jog.

      • Sarah says:

        That’s one of my personal favorites for reigniting that mojo too! Nothing like some fresh air and your heart pumping away to stir up those brain cells!

        Lately though I’ve had to resort to some new methods. I’m living in a rainy, rainy cold place, and more often than not it’s just not that inviting to gear up and go out running. (I’m a bit of a wimp about it.) Walking substitutes nicely though, and I can carry an umbrella!

    • Sarah says:

      The Pomodoro method is a great way to schedule in those all-important breaks during your writing day! It can be hard to tear yourself away from the page after 25 minute when you’re in the flow, but it’s unbelievable what new inspirations come back with you if you do. I’ve been using that a bit myself lately, and I do some movement and stretches in the 5 minutes. I’m amazed at how much I can fit in to that 5 minutes!

      And you’re absolutely write about the medium and longer term breaks. These are the secrets to renewed creativity and inspiration! Thanks for the great suggestions!

    • Andrew says:

      I indeed believe it is important to sleep well and take breaks. We’re humans, not robots, thus we can’t work 24/7. I use the Pomodoro technique and timer to write for 25 minutes and take a break of 5 minutes in between, every time.

      But I also find it important to take medium-term, as well as long-term breaks. For example, taking one day off writing per week, and going to an awesome seaside vacation for one or two weeks once in a while. It greatly helps your “inspiration muscles” rest and recover!

      Thanks a bunch for the inspiration in this article, Mary!

    • Priska says:

      Great advise. I’m off to release my writing mojo with meditation, a walk and plenty of water of cause.

      • Sarah says:

        Awesome Priska! I hope you returned with plenty of writing mojo and that the Muse was befriending you! Nothing like a good walk and some hydration!

    • Great tips!

      • Sarah says:

        Thanks Mary!

    • Awesome, I love that movement it the top of the list, nothing gets me more in the mood then exercising!

      • Sarah says:

        So true Lori! And I assume you mean ‘in the mood’ for writing? 🙂

    • I know “Resistance” wasn’t the point of the post, but it keeps coming up.

      Besides Steven Pressfield’s work of genius “The War of Art” I’m thoroughly enjoying Rosanne Bane’s “Bane of Your Resistance” website: http://baneofyourresistance.com/

      She’s just released a book called “Around the Writer’s Block” which is supposed to be winging its way to my home. I expect brilliance.

      • Sarah says:

        Hey, thanks for sharing that website Joel. Resistance is a big topic for me right now too, and I love Pressfield! On my ‘up next’ piile is his new “Turning Pro”. I’ve been learning that there’s more to getting past resistance than just pushing through…. there’s an aspect of getting to know what’s at the root of it, learning to make friends with it so to speak. Complicated issue, and one I want to write more about. Thanks again!

        • Turning Pro has been eating at me ever since I read it 3 months ago.

          Despite the fact that I’ve written 100+ songs in the past 7 years and published 10 books in the past 4 years, I’m just playing at it. Amateur all the way. I only work when I feel like it, get derailed constantly, and do what’s easy.

          I’ve been going through the process of turning pro, working on my attitude and work ethic, working on my desire to match my life to the vision in my head. I plan to make 2013 the year I believe I’m really a writer. (With 5 books in the works, I’ll know it when I see it.)

    • Thank you for this article. Every one of your points is something I need to pay more attention to. The water and the movement are especially important. It’s strange how we let ourselves drift into self-destructive habits, even though we know better. I’ve been browsing your site for the first time today. Thank you for all the great practical advice.

      • Sarah says:

        So glad this hit home for you today Carolyn! And I’m super happy that you’ve found more helpful information over on my site! It’s true: even the most health-aware of us can drift into those destructive habits. The ‘workaholic’ mentality is deeply entrenched in our culture. It can be hard to accept that taking care of ourselves can lead to getting MORE work done. Plus we can feel so much better while we’re writing and doing the work!

    • Great tips, Sarah!

      I usually have to get up and move every 45 minutes or so, and I often stretch right where I’m at–shoulder rolls, arm stretches, leg stretches, butt squeezes…all that. Enough sleep is important to me too, although I can push it if I have to. But if I’m really tired, I might have motivation but my brain feels like that 75% water you mentioned 🙂

      Meditation, too. Sometimes just resting quietly and letting my mind do its work gives great results, even if I just stay in bed for 20 minutes after waking. Before you know it, the next section or sentences or points (or whatever I was working on) suddenly get written without lifting a finger (then I rush back to the computer 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        It sounds like you have some of this already dialed in Leah! I like doing some isometric stretches and moves while I sit too. And I do think it helps. Sometimes I even do some face movements and stretches. And occasionally we just have to do a big push – for a big launch or deadline. Even then though, those short movement breaks can make all the difference.

        Running, meditation, lying in bed, in the shower – that’s when those creative breakthroughs tend to occur. And it’s because the brain has been allowed some fallow time. (And yeah, then we have to rush to the computer or notebook to record the big breakthrough!)

    • Jovell says:

      Hi Sarah,

      I admit the power nap really works. It could just be my stubbornness or what but I resist doing it most of the time. Time to kick this habit in again!

      “Make one meal a day your mindful meal. No reading or TV, just you slowly chewing your food and tuning in.” – I’ll definitely give this a try. For some months now, just to get a lot of things done, I eat in front of my laptop and though I feel full, it seems I still get tired earlier than before.

      Thanks for the tips! Working hard is good but taking care of our one and only bodies is better 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        It’s really easy to fall in these habits when we’re writing and working for ourselves Jovell. We think that if we just spend more and more time on the job we’ll get more done. It’s so odd that the opposite is the case – but it really is true. The quest I am on is discovering how working hard can coexist with taking care of our one and only bodies. And I KNOW this is true and possible.
        So tomorrow, try eating lunch without the computer. And lie down for a power nap when you get tired. You’ll only be ‘losing’ a small amount of time – but you just might be amazed at the gain in productivity and motivation!

    • great post sarah! you have shared nice points. this tips are really help full for the writers thanks for sharing these amazing facts about self care………

      • Sarah says:

        So glad you found this helpful! I’m more than happy to share.

    • Bobbi Emel says:

      Wait a minute. You’re saying cheez-its DOESN’T work?


      This is a great list, Sarah. And to be honest, I’d never thought about the hydration thing. I tend to drink a lot of soda but even I know that’s not very hydrating. (It’s the opposite if I remember correctly.) I’ll try to be more aware of my water intake.

      I think taking a break can be a good thing, but only if used responsibly. My little rationalization compartment in my brain tends to seize on things like that and says, “You really do need a break. Even though you just had one five minutes ago.” Nonetheless, getting distance from a project can be helpful.

      • Sarah says:

        LOL, sorry Bobbi, but cheez-its and soda just don’t cut the mustard – at least in the long term. (Sorry for the cliche… it just seems to fit.)

        And you’re right soda actually is DE-hydrating, So if you’re going to drink it, be sure you compensate by at least one big glass of water. Preferably 3-4 waters per soda.

        It’s true that we must be vigilant to plain old resistance disguising itself as the need for a break. I guess that what be a good indication – if you’ve already had one five minutes ago! That’s why it’s always a good idea to start out with the part of a project we most DON’T want to do – head the resistance off at the pass so to speak. (Darn! another cliche!) And when we’re talking about creative flow, getting that distance sometimes is just what we need! The muse can’t be forced!

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Sarah: I love that, “a writer’s most important tool is a well-rested mind”. Thank you <3.

      • Sarah says:

        So glad you loved this Tanya. We forget this essential wisdom sometimes – when our inner slave driver wants to crack the whip and tell us to keep going. Yet, the rested mind …. there’s the fertile ground of ideas!

    • Sarah says:

      So glad you enjoyed these tips! I can’t rave enough about the difference just 10 minutes a day of meditation has made for my creativity – and my personal growth. Good luck in fitting it back in!

    • mlswift says:

      Wonderful, wonderful…Lately, I’ve been feeling drained, lackluster, and mojoless in my writing. I find I lack in all of these areas. Thanks for this…I’ve got to reprioritize some things and make room for the meditation. I’ve gotten out of that, and it’s always been so beneficial.

    • Wonderful post, Sarah. It’s essential to care so that we don’t burn out, because writers without writing aren’t much good 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        You got it Dolly! We writers can sometimes let that care for ourselves drop to the bottom of the list – the writing rules! Yet unfortunately the writing suffers if we do that for too long.

    • Sarah says:

      Love that testimonial Ani! If taking some breaks got you through NaNoWriMo – That definitely shows it’s a way to keep the writing flowing!

    • Ani says:

      Great tips Sarah,

      I know they worked, since I used most of them while writing NaNoWriMo this November 🙂
      Nice post!

    • Sarah says:

      LOL, yes as I commented above the trick is to actually get UP from the power nap after 5, 10 or 20 minutes. Stretching out on the floor is good way to keep yourself from overdoing this rejuvenating technique. It’s certainly an awesome secret – brings back that creative flow, doesn’t it?

    • Jevon says:

      The power nap is my secret. But I have to use the ground as the couch is too comfortable.

    • Beth Havey says:

      The hardest for me is to remember to MOVE. I sit and sit and my body crunches up, but I keep at it. Maybe that’s a good thing when the brain is working and the fingers are flying, but your tips for healthy writing are good ones.

      • Sarah says:

        It’s true it’s a good thing to harness that creative flow while it’s happening, but I’ve noticed that there’s a point when that crunched up body seems to suddenly shut down the brain. That’s why I advocate trying to head that off at the pass and taking just a few minutes every hour or so to un-crunch, stretch out and bring some oxygen into the brain!

    • Julie Luek says:

      Practical and oh-so-true advice. I’m a big believer in working out. As my feet jog in a steady rhythm or whatever workout I’m doing, my mind is suddenly free to wander and create. It seems to be a natural partnership.

      • Sarah says:

        Oh yes, I don’t think we’re the only ones who get story ideas or solve writing problems while we’re jogging. Something about that rhythm, the fresh outdoor air, being in nature, getting the heart rate up. It all combines to stimulate imagination and creativity I think. I do get ideas when I’m doing other forms of exercise, but running seems to bring me the most. Walking is pretty good too.

        I do always try to take a few moments when I’ve returned from my run to jot down the inspirations that have occurred to me.

    • Very well said! I do *a lot* of writing on both personal and professional projects, and I’ve found that this type of burn-out is inevitable. There are some days when I just can’t form coherent thoughts – and I’ve learned that it’s better for me to take this time to relax and recharge, rather than try to push through fatigue.

      One thing that’s critical for me, though, is limiting the amount of screen time I expose myself to outside of my working hours. If left to my own devices, I’m horrible about vegging out in front of the TV, messing around on trashy websites or fiddling with my phone when I should be sleeping. Unfortunately, doing this prevents me from getting the mental recharge time I need to be a focused, productive writer the next day. It can be hard to say no to these activities, but for me, it’s crucial!

      • Sarah says:

        You’ve nailed something really important here, Sarah. I think our screens and devices are the new addiction of the 21st century – and it may turn out that this addiction is as destructive as other unhealthy addictions! I battle with this one myself – there’s always one more thing to check out online, or why not take a last peak at Facebook before bed to see if anyone left me a message.

        It’s funny because I just wrote a post over on my site about the importance of getting enough sleep – and how to do it, and one of the tips is all about turning off the electronics. I agree that if we can discipline ourselves to take a break from the computer and other screens our writing will benefit!

    • Great tips here Sarah.

      I’m a big fan of the power nap and take one most afternoons, usually for 20 minutes. As you say, it’s very important to use a timer. It allows me to totally drift into rest and relaxation without having to worry that I’ll fall asleep for an hour or more.

      • Sarah says:

        You’re right John, the timer’s the key! And of course the other piece is to actually get right up when the timer goes off. Which is usually easy to do because 10-20 minutes is not enough time to go so deep into sleep that you have to recover. It also helps stay reasonably well-rested overall – so that your body doesn’t whine for more sleep once you’ve let yourself lie down!

        I actually believe that corporate offices should provide napping chairs and encourage power naps for their employees. Productivity would soar!

    • Liz McGee says:

      Sarah, All things to stay mindful of. One thing that helps me that I think we take for granted is drinking water. There are some days where I simply have no energy, but when I drink a couple of glasses of water, I instantly feel better. I’m not a big water drinker so it’s probably easy for me to get dehydrated and from an energy standpoint, that’s bad.

      The other one we tend to neglect a lot is moving your body. Just standing up and doing a few stretches can make a BIG difference in your thought process.

      Drinking water and stretching a little may not seem like they could make a significant difference in your energy and motivation but they certainly work for me.


      • Sarah says:

        Yes Liz, it’s so true that a simple thing like water can make a huge difference in that motivation level. It’s easy to take for granted, and I don’t remember the statistic right now but a huge percentage of people skimp on their water and are basically walking around dehydrated. This has countless negative effects on your health, not to mention your motivation and energy level.

        So glad you’ve figured out the water/stretching connection!

    • Years ago I accepted a sensible sleep regimen, and my wife and I have a diet heavy in fresh veg and fruit and whole grains (usually in our homemade whole wheat bread.) I’ve practiced all these things for many years.

      Last year, on 11/11/11, I released 6 books simultaneously. I’ve published 10 in the past 4 years.

      There’s a connection there.

      Here’s a napping tip for when you really really don’t want to take the time: get a cookie sheet and a big metal spoon. Sit in your most comfortable napping chair, with the cookie sheet on the floor and the spoon in your hand, resting on the arm of the chair, so that if you dropped the spoon it would hit the cookie sheet.

      When you relax and fall asleep, the spoon drops, hits the pan, and wakes you. I’ve found that even that instant of sleep can get me through the push to finish a writing session before bedtime.

      • Sarah says:

        Wow – what a great testimonial to the powers of taking care of yourself! 10 books! Super impressive.

        Love the napping tip – it hadn’t occurred to me that even that instant of sleep could be rejuvenative. I’m going to have to give that one a try next time I’m trying to beat a deadline and don’t think I have even 10 minutes for a power nap.

        • Awesome tips Sarah.
          Sleep is very very very crucial. I defenitley notice days where i am well rested, i am have more writing cheee.

          As far as the that napping technique joel mentions above. I recognize it.. Salvador Dali wrote about this technique which he called “Slumber with a key”. Instead of sleeping with a spoon he slept with a key. He featured it as one of his 50 secrets of magic craftsmanship and attributes this type of nap as a means of lucid dreaming to opening up his most creative self. I’ve tried it and it’s very hard. I’m not a napper. The key is to only sleep for a second at most. I always ended u sleeping for 20 minutes which only made me drowsy when i woke up..

          I’m not the best at writing but i’m always experimenting with new methods and I’ve been trying to work in bursts with 5 minute breaks in between using the Pomodoro technique. It’s been quite effective. I only write when i’m the most fresh. Meaning. I write in the mornings when no one is near me like kids and hubby.

    • Timely post for me Sarah.

      I have a difficulty finding time to take a break particularly when I’m beating deadlines.
      Time management, I think, is an area where I need improvement in and it’s an urgent matter; I suspect.it’s the
      reason I have experienced creative blocks lately.

      I’m so thankful you came up with this post Sarah. I really appreciate it.

      Keep it up,


      • Sarah says:

        Thanks Anthony, so glad this post resonated for you! I know it’s super difficult to make times for breaks when you’ve got a big deadline. I’ve been there myself. Part of it of course is planning. Lately, I’ve discovered that a variation of the pomodoro technique is even helpful. I set a timer for, say, every hour and just get up and do some stretches, jumping jacks, or some other physical activity. I actually have to really push myself to get up and away from my project, but when I do I’m always amazed at how my mental energy has increased.

    • Good tips but I would up the ante a bit.

      Moving the body is good but that won’t cut it folks.


      You have to sweat my friend. I’m talking TRAINING.

      No, you don’t need to join a gym. You can work out at home doing push ups jumping rope and just being creative. You can find excuses or a way to build up your body so that it is prepared to handle the challenges you have put in front of it.

      The reason why people get so tired and don’t have energy is they have trained their bodies to be weak.

      Its time to train for strength.

      • Sarah says:

        Hey Darnell, I agree that more vigorous exercise certainly yields better results – both in fitness and in your generating energy. Yet No Pain-No Gain is just not for everyone. And I don’t think people should give up on the idea of exercise completely if they just aren’t going to get seriously sweaty and they don’t want to hurt.

        So, I stand by my recommendation: if the pain of heavy exercise isn’t for you, baby step your way to exercise!

    • Great post Sarah!

      The hardest for me is to remember to keep hydrated. I just write and write for long hours without taking too many brakes then wonder why I find it hard to focus! Thanks for the reminder.

      Happy Holidays!

      • Sarah says:

        Ah, and staying hydrated is so very key to keeping your energy levels going. That’s why I suggest the big glass of water on your desk – or even a favorite water bottle. Put it somewhere that you can’t miss seeing it, that way you’ll be reminded to take some drinks throughout your work day.

        Happy Holidays to you too!

    • Miss ZP says:

      It’s true, when you feel like lost your motivation, maybe you need to relax, find your self first..
      Take a break, and then you can come back for more..

      • Sarah says:

        It only take a little bit of a break – but on a regular basis to keep that writing flowing.

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