50 Things to Write About When You Have Writer’s Block
January 11, 2012
A new blogger Abby wrote to me last week asking how I find stuff to write about everyday and I had to really think about it. I don’t often suffer from writer’s block but I used to in the beginning. These days, it just sorta comes to me at night which is why I keep a notebook by my bed of thoughts and ideas. I also get inspired from a lot of what I read online.
Writer’s block is a real issue that bloggers encounter at some point. It can be mild or it can be crippling. It’s that feeling of not knowing what to say, what to write, what to put out there and to be frank I didn’t really know how to answer Abby’s question.
But then it came to me last night. How about 50 blog posts from writers that I’ve bookmarked or remembered from the past year. All of these posts are great because they’re personal and/or offer a takeaway. So here you go Abby, fifty great examples of what to write about when you can’t think of anything at all.
1. Answer a reader’s question (like Kristi did).
2. Rediscover your home (like Courtney).
3. Share your vacation photos (love Stefanie’s).
4. Make a funny observation (like Steph).
5. Share a great bargain (like Emily).
6. Teach readers something technical you know all about (like Amy).
7. Start a clever series.
8. Try something cool and wacky. (like Ree)
9. Share some pretty pictures.
10. Talk about a device that makes your world complete (like Holly).
11. Create something simple and lovely for a friend (like Paul).
12. Notice something and take a picture (like Kelly).
13. Take a walk with your camera (like Melissa).
14. Share a significant milestone (bravo Sarah).
15. Write a letter to your younger self (like Susie).
16. List your mistakes (like John & Sherry).
17. Ask your readers for their input (like Emily).
18. Tell a self deprecating story (again, Ree).
19. Ask for (and then get) some motivation (like Layla and Kevin).
20. Reflect on changing times (like Seth).
21. Write about happy people (Heather did).
22. Share your strategies (like Natalie).
23. Ask about a hot topic (Like Tsh).
24. Comment on a TV show (like Julia).
25. Share a helpful tool (thanks Jessica).
27. Define your priorities (Rachel did.)
28. Write something positive about your niche (like Megan).
29. Photograph something that requires stillness (like Susan).
30. Sometimes it’s just as simple as a reflection on pajamas.
31. Or walnuts.
32. Spruce up a corner of your house (like Shelley).
33. Interview a child (Sarah did).
34. Reveal a crush (like Ashley).
35. Experiment with a new product (Janell did).
36. Or share your favorite store bought product
37. What’s in your makeup bag?
38. Make a life list (like Jules).
39. Do something that’s on your life list (like Nicole).
40. Find and acknowledge contentment.
41. Share some ups and downs (like Meg).
42. What are your thoughts on blogging? (here are Amanda’s)
43. Appreciate something wild (like Seleta).
44. Be audacious (like Bri).
45. What does your inner crazy voice say?
46. Share your perfect weekend. (here’s JJ’s)
47. Write about someone great (I agree).
48. Acknowledge failure (bonus for humor).
49. Like Ashley, be strong, be you.
and finally, if you ever run out of something to say . . .
50. List a bunch of great links that inspire you!
Hope this gives you some inspiration Abby! What about the rest of you? How do you keep all your ideas organized? How do you combat writer’s block?
Good news, the beadboard in the powder room is done and looks so great. Will show you tomorrow!