Cleaning the attic is basically the same thing as draining the swamp. It means getting rid of all the extraneous, dusty stuff that's floating around in your mind, so you can focus on doing something creative. Because your brain is like the junk drawer in your kitchen, man. Some writers do writing practice – random or stream of consciousness writing – to rid themselves of the spooge. Others take a walk, meditate, wash the pickup truck, or cower in a happy place hugging their pet. I've tried all those things, and they're all good. But today I suggest you try the following: Self help advice from a two-year-old. Let me know how it works for you.