Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 2

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This is the second part of a post series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.

What happens when writers are at a loss for words? *shudder!* Here are the top 8 reasons writers are not writing--and writing exercises to conquer them!

 

Reason 5

I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged․‥I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.Erica Jong

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.Aristotle

When I was in grade school, a veterinarian visited our class. He brought a litter of puppies with him.

A parent filmed the presentation. The camera was just behind me and I could hear it humming while the vet spoke.

After the vet finished his speech, he answered questions.

I, being brilliant and naive, asked how you told the difference between the boy dogs and the girl dogs.

The vet stumbled for words and blushed. The other kids howled. The parents laughed until they cried.

The videographer almost dropped the camera.

I wanted to a) die on the spot, b) chew off my tongue, and c) crawl under the desk. To this day, I blush a bit when I think about it.

To further my humiliation, the next day the video was shown to other classes in our grade and I had the pleasure of reliving the moment again.

This, without comparison, is my moment of shame. Nothing. No-thing can make me feel as horrid as I did that day.

Nothing I write or do or say can ever bring that level of embarrassment to me.

It doesn’t matter if I’m the hero or the zero after the next post I write; I’ll still write another. And another. And another.

Writing is more important to me than the response after.

Yes, I love to be loved. But I still need-to, have-to write. Over and over again.

And, before you ask, I do know how to tell the difference between boys and girls.

I’m just not telling.

Remember, it's better to create something and be criticised than to create nothing and criticise others.Ricky Gervais @rickygervais

Step One: realize that creative folks who produce content regularly don’t necessarily think their work is brilliant and immune to criticism — they just don’t care anymore if it happens to be perceived as “stupid,” “bad,” or “pointless.”
 
How do you stop caring? That’s Step Two: you must have confidence in your work and accept that it will take on a life of its own after you present it to the world.
 
I always say there should be people who hate your writing. When everyone likes your writing, you haven’t made enough impact.
 
For instance, there should be someone who thinks it’s really dumb that you wrote about the serendipitous way you discovered your favorite recipe for an organic, non-toxic bathroom cleaner.
 
Because for every person who thinks it’s dumb, there is another person who is delighted you shared your recipe; it’s exactly what he was looking for — and he feels a connection with you because your story is his story.
 
Since you contributed a personal anecdote rather than just listing the ingredients in the recipe, you’ve helped a reader get to know you. Now, he values you as a resource․‥
 

So, don’t aim to please.
 
Aim to connect.Stephanie Flaxman

When you succumb to judgement (sic) you’re saying that the judge’s opinion of you has more value than who you are as an individual.Liz, A Life on Your Terms

 

Reason 5 Focus Questions:

Write down your answers
If you did make a mistake, what is the worst thing someone could say? Why do you care?

 

Writing Exercise 5

Write about your most embarrassing moment. Don’t leave out a single excruciating detail.

Post it on your blog, email it to your friends, enter it into a contest.

Shout it loud and proud—this is my humiliation, hear me roar.

Now go out with your friends and have a good laugh.

Come home—tipsy or sober—and write about all the embarrassing moments your friends shared with you.

Posting on your blog is optional.

 

Learn more about conquering fear of judgment

The Powerful Resource You’ve Always Wanted When Presented with Creative Challenges
How To Get Over The Fear of Being Judged By Others
How to Free Yourself From Fear of Judgement (sic)
Creativity Tips from Martha

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 6

I don’t have time to write.

To think, I used to complain about having no time to write.
 
Then I had kids.
 
Ha. Ha ha ha. Hahahahahahaha.
 
#amwriting #youfindthetimeKathryn Hore @kahmelb

I like people. Sort of.

My friends are great. The family is pretty handy to have around. But I need “me” time.

I crave quiet for my thoughts and modes of creative expression. Writing and quilting and photography all fill my artistic well and keep the imagination humming.

Without this time to write and create, I get grumpy—mama-bear-protecting-her-young kind of grumpy.

Give me space. Or heads will roll.

(Pretty sure I mean that as an illustration, but there are moments, I wouldn’t mind some rolling.)

For me, it isn’t about finding the time, it is about the necessity of it.

I grab every opportunity to have my quiet and be creative.

Which makes everyone around me happier.

Sort of.

You know how you might insist on having a lunch break every day?․‥I treat writing a book as seriously as having lunchPip Lincolne

Too many writers use lack of time as an excuse not to write. When you say you don’t have the time, what you are really saying is, something else is more important right now than writing.Victoria Lynn Schmidt Ph.D

Figure out when you can write and then try to make that time sacred. Professional writers do this. Amateur writers don’t.Randy Ingermanson

 

Reason 6 Focus Question:

Write down your answer
Where does writing fit into your list of priorities?

 

Writing Exercise 6

Acquire a This-is-my-official-writing notebook.

The next time you watch television, take the notebook with you. During every commercial break, write in the notebook.

Before you go to sleep at night, write for five minutes in your notebook.

When you get up in the morning, write for five minutes in your notebook.

Set the alarm thirty minutes early and write for thirty minutes.

When you play Candy Crush, play one round of the game, then write for two minutes. Play another round of the game, write for ten minutes. Delete the stupid game off your phone and write for thirty minutes.

Lock the bathroom door and take a bubble bath (or as my niece once called it, “Daddy soup”). Write until the water cools and your toes are all wrinkled.

Repeat the steps as necessary. Every. Single. Day.

 

Learn more about time management

Writing When You Have No Time To Write
Writing a book: Where do you find the time to write?
6 Ways to Stay Creative as a Writer (When You’re a Parent)
How She Does it: Blogger Pip Lincolne Talks Finding Time to Write Books
6 Habits to Help You Write When You Don’t Have the Time

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 7

What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?

“No one’s going to read it. And certainly no one is going to *do* it. What’s the point?” all while I’m typing and working (2) #amwritingJihan @jin_crow

As writers, we often forget writing doesn’t have to be big to make an impact. A few simple words can turn into priceless treasure.

My dear friend Valerie died in March 2014. She was happy and healthy and vital. Her death was a shock—a festering wound, still bringing me pain at the most unexpected of times.

A note she wrote me is framed and sits on my desk.

I see her handwriting every single day; it turns that pain into more of an ache and serves as a sweet reminder of the joy she brought my life.

I wouldn’t trade her note—or the memories it provides—for anything.

All forms of expression are valuable․‥Entertainment, art, anything that provides pure pleasure is 100% of value․‥
 
․‥the world needs the special gift that only you have.
Marie Forleo

Repeat after me: “I write stories that matter.”Bryan Hutchinson

Writing is about writing. Remember this. Everything else is bonus. JM Tohline

 

Reason 7 Focus Questions:

Write down your answers
What role does writing play in your life? How would you feel if you could never write again?

 

Writing Exercise 7

Write about every time you received praise for your writing, from your Mom’s Christmas card to the essay you wrote in third grade. Include the reaction of others to your work—positive thoughts only!

How has writing improved your life?

What lessons have you learned from writing?

Read “Learn more about your purpose” and do the writing exercises in Reason 1.

Review your answers and write.

 

Learn more about your value as a writer

Value What You Do: A Must Watch for Artists and Creatives
Why Writers Self-destruct and 5 Ways To Thrive Instead!
what is the point of writing?
Shortly after Valerie’s death, I wrote the backstory to the note, mentioned above. You can read about it in this post, Call Me

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 8

I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.

If chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one’s universe, then I was well on my way. Wendelin Van Draanen

“We think we can plan our lives,” he muttered. “We think we can model reality. But chaos is an intrusive, inconsiderate bitch.” Linda Nagata

I have even been known to purchase my family some extra underwear, so I can stretch out the time between loads of laundry․‥(is that bad?).Lisa Lipkind Leibow

We’ve all had them: The days when it seems more humane to bang your head against the monitor than, say, commit homicide.

But a bit less satisfying.

The washer overflows, dinner gets burned, and your puppy develops a taste for sheep manure—rolling in it and eating it.

You have to mop up, nuke something else, and catch the dung dabbler so you have the pleasure of washing the crap off him, literally.

Lucky, lucky me.

It would be easy to fall into a bottle of Jack and post the dog on Craig’s List.

Instead, you laugh and toast The Universe for being so perverse.

Then you write about it.

Easier. And a lot more satisfying.

One person’s data is another person’s noise.K.C. Cole

drama, drama, drama. In real life it isn’t a good thing, but on my pages it’s magic #writingTasha Kreger @TK_McGill

Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.Chuck Palahniuk

 

Reason 8 Focus Question:

Write down your answer
How can writing relieve the stress in your life?

 

Writing Exercise 8

Write a letter to whomever or whatever is causing stress and drama in your life. Tell them all the ways their actions are upsetting you.

Share every moment of despair, every slight, every inaction that caused you harm. Continue adding to the letter as events transpire.

Seal the letter in an envelope. Burn the letter.

Use the stressful situation as the setting for your next story. Change the nagging sister into the nosy neighbor, adjust the outcome, add more drama and intrigue.

Switch the elements to turn your personal chaos into a story all its own.

 

Learn more about writing during periods of chaos and stress

Writing Despite Grief
Write in the Middle of Chaos
Writing Fiction When Chaos Strikes Your Life
Crying Out Loud

 


 

Write on

For me, writing, at times, can be an awful, miserable experience. Not writing is ten times worse.

As a favor to yourself—no matter the circumstances—write. Write and write and write.

Remember every time you sit at the computer, you write because you are called to write, because writing expands you and fulfills you and comforts you in a way no other thing can.

And if find yourself, once again, making excuses, work your way through the exercises. And write.

Write and write and write.

Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.Stephen King

    For further reference

  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.

 

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 1 of 2

A writer who isn’t writing is one writer too many.

The lack of function disrupts our balance, throws off our rhythm. It makes a writer awkward and insecure, like most people in high school.

Take me, for example.

My worst break up—in a history of bad ones—wasn’t with a boy, it was with my best friend.

We fought in the school hallways. We ignored each other in class. We didn’t pass notes or whisper secrets behind the teacher’s back.

No phone calls. No shopping malls. No giggling about guys.

I felt like a part of me was missing. And I cried and cried and cried.

Writing can be like that too. When the creative juices aren’t flowing, a small part of you is dying; a fish without water, fighting for air.

This isn’t writer’s block we’re talking about: Reasons. The reasons writers give the world—and even more significant—the reasons writers give themselves as to why they aren’t writing.

 

    Top 8 Reasons Writers Aren’t Writing

  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.

 
How do you move past the reasons and start creating again? Try these eight writing resolutions.

Note: Each section includes reference articles, focus questions, and writing exercises. Show yourself some writer love: Take time to consider your responses and write down the answers—the honest, no-joke answers.

Remember this, dear writer, is all about you.

What happens when writers are at a loss for words? *shudder!* Here are the top 8 reasons writers are not writing--and writing exercises to conquer them!

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 1

For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.

There are days when #writing feels more like a burden or an addiction than a talent or a skill.Aaron Smith @AaronSmith377

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.Lawrence Kasdan

Remember your first kiss: The awkward fumblings, the tingle of excitement, and the flush of infatuation?

After years in any relationship—writing included—the initial glow is often blurred by the everyday, real life replacing romance.

Go back to the beginning. Reread or rewrite your first short story or your first blog post.

Put aside deadlines and should-dos for thirty minutes or three days.

Take time to bring the joy of writing back into your life.

If you want to fall back in love with your work (and if you really truly still love it), the first step is to stop being such an asshole.
 
Extricate all the shoulds. Kill your expectations. Have a funeral for your quotas.
 
And breathe.Jonathan Mead

If you can remember why you started, then you will know why you must continue.Chris Burkmenn

 

Reason 1 Focus Question:

Write down your answer
Why did you start writing in the first place?

 

Writing Exercise 1

Write three reasons you love to write.

Write three things you’ve written and are proud to call yours.

Write three ways writing has enhanced your life.

Write three personal writing projects you are excited about starting.

Write three goals for your writing.

Review your answers and write.

 

Learn more about your purpose

On Finding Your Why…For Blogging & Life
What If Your Passion Becomes a Chore?
What To Do When You Fall Out of Love with Your Work
How to bring back the passion – 5 key conditions for fulfilling creative work
Imagine
 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 2

I have nothing to say.

I feel like I have nothing new to say #writingWriting Is Life @writingislife

It was so safe and cozy studying #fiction and #reading. Now comes the hard part – sitting before a screen with nothing to say. #writingJuan Taylor @jtaylaj

Writing is storytelling, not necessarily invention.

How many times have you read a book where the bad guy almost gets away until the good guy saves the day? How many stories have you read where people fall-in-love, get killed, cheat, lie, kiss-and-make-up?

Where in the Giant Rule Book of Writing Requirements does it say you have to develop a story that has never been imagined or created in any shape or manner? It doesn’t.

What matters is you infuse the writing with your personality, your twist, your experience.

It is your voice, your version, and your alignment of words and descriptions that make a story unique.

Think of yourself as an eyewitness: How you see an event unfold will be different from the person standing next to you.

Tell the story in the best way you know how. That is your job as a writer.

The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it.Alain Robbe-Grillet

I’ve always said, ‘I have nothing to say, only to add.’ And it’s with each addition that the writing gets done. The first draft of anything is really just a track.Gore Vidal

 

Reason 2 Focus Questions:

Write down your answers
What did you do yesterday? Last week? What would you do if zombies invaded? What do you like most about your cat? What does the neighbor do that annoys you so much? Who do you want to win the Super Bowl/World Series/Olympic Figure Skating? What about your favorite book entices you to read it again and again? How did you learn to ride a bike? What is on your bucket list? If you had three wishes, what would they be?

 

Writing Exercise 2

Write “I have something to say” fifty times. Live it. Breathe it. Believe it.

Go Yoda: Write “Something valuable I have to say” fifty times. Live it. Breathe it. Believe it.

Fill in the blank:
My favorite memory from childhood is _______________.

The biggest life lesson I learned so far is _________________.

______________ gave me advice I use every time I _______________.

The first time I saw my ____________, I thought ____________.

I can’t wait to tell my spouse/best friend/parent __________________.

The next time _____________ says _____________ to me, what I want to do is _____________. What I’ll really do is _______________.

My greatest fear in life is _________________. I’m going to conquer it by ____________.

My greatest joy in life is _______________. I’m going to celebrate it by _______________.

My favorite book is ______________. I can take the _____________ from the book and twist it around so ______________ happens.

My next story/blog post is about _______________.

Review your responses and write.

 

Learn more about writing your story

When You Have Nothing Unique to Say…
How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted
20 Ways To Be Creative When You Don’t Feel Inspired

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 3

I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.

Perfection is the enemy of creativity. #amwritingLA Writers' Lab @lawriterslab

There’s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there’s no such thing as perfect despair.Haruki Murakami

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.Margaret Atwood

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.Ben Okri

Welcome to the human race.

Perfection is as elusive as unicorns and pots of gold. There is Adele’s singing voice, and there’s Nadia Comaneci’s famous “perfect 10” Olympic performance—otherwise, perfection is a no-show to life’s little party.

Yes, it is admirable to only publish your best efforts. Yes, you want to correct spelling, grammar, and those nasty dangling participles.

But—and this is the hard part—you have to let your baby go. It is scary. Believe me, in my world of OCD and order, I do so understand. This is where it almost hurts.

I am certain there are errors in this post. Places I could have tweaked to make it read better, my point clearer.

But—and this is the cool part—I know I did my best to offer concise information to benefit fellow writers.

Now it is time to let it go, mistakes and all; I live to write and publish another day.

Friendly reminder to #silence your #InnerEditor! #Write words first, make #perfection later. #NaNoWriMo #amwritingAlicia Byers @AByersAuthor

Focus on effort, not results. I know, I know. Your whole body is rebelling, isn’t it? It’s like I just gave you a trophy for participation. You’re thinking that mindset is for losers and new age hippies.
 
Sorry, writer. Whoever taught you that was soooo (sic) wrong. Because the people who focus on effort are the most resilient, self-mastered people. They try new things, and engage more fully. That’s why they succeed with ease.
 
So steal their technique. Take more pride in the seeds you plant than what you reap. That’s the key to success.Mandy Wallace

The problem is we are not fair graders when it comes to our own work. We are D givers, until someone says it’s good and that inhibits us from doing the work we could be doing if we didn’t grade ourselves. That’s why we need to stop seeking perfection and approval.Bryan Hutchinson

 

Reason 3 Focus Question:

Write down your answer
If your writing isn’t perfect, what is the worst that could happen?
 

Writing Exercise 3

Write a letter to your mom. Write an email to your best friend. Write a thank you card to your imaginary friend.

Send the items without reviewing or editing them first.

Wait by the phone for them to call and list every error in your message. Wait for a long, long time.

It doesn’t matter if you forgot to dot an “i” or used the word “carrot” three sentences in a row, they were happy to hear from you. You enjoyed writing to them.

Repeat often.

That was your baby step.

Take a big kid leap: Write a personal post for your blog or a short short story—not an entry to your portfolio, something fun and light.

Let the post sit overnight: edit once for grammar and spelling errors, once for content. Publish.

Repeat often.

 

Learn more about perfectionism

17 Signs Perfectionism Is Killing Your Writing Dreams
This Simple Writing Technique Will Help You Overcome the Inertia of Perfectionism
Are You Afraid to Tell the Truth?

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.


 

Reason 4

I’m not sure where to start.

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.Steven Wright

Okay. Enough procrastination. I have to write. Trouble is, it’s a new WIP, there’s a blank page & I’m not sure where to start. #amwritingG. Wakeling @GWakelingWriter

Dear Fear: you can’t stop me from starting to write my story… even if I don’t know where to start #amwriting #writing #storytelling
Helen 2.0 @wirdbyrd

Monopoly makes it easy: The start is marked with “GO” and a big red arrow.

If only writing worked that way.

Instead, writers are expected to create those beginnings, fluff up the middle part, and come to a decisive end.

Yet, the blank page greets us; the cursor flashing over and over as if to chant “write. write. write!”, taunting us with the incessant rhythm of inertia.

You just want to punch the darn thing.

My solution? Start typing. It can be nonsense. And, much to my dismay, often is.

But I would rather type something than stare at nothing.

And you cannot edit a blank page.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to start at the beginning of the story when you sit down to write. Anything that has you rarin’ to go can work.Beth Hill

It is said that the hardest paragraph to write is the first paragraph of any book. So, don’t start there․‥We became writers because we were readers first. Our natural inclination is to write our novel like we read a book, from front to back, beginning to end, start to finish. That just isn’t always the correct or only way. We write in any order that gets us writing and keeps us writing.Alan Black

Where you start is where you start, and who says you have to start at the beginning? Your end could be where you begin. #writing #amwritingThe Storyprint @thestoryprint

 

Reason 4 Focus Questions:

Write down your answers
What is the inspiration for your story? What phrases/words/sentences about your story pop into your mind? What is the central focus? What are the characters like? What is your setting? What major event changes the direction of the story? How do you want it to end?

 

Writing Exercise 4

Write anything for ten minutes without stopping. Set a timer and type until you hear the buzzer.

Do not pass go and do not collect $200.

If you want to warm up first, write what you did yesterday, detail by dry detail: “I woke up at 6 am when the cat started petting my face. After throwing said cat, I stubbed my toe on the dresser and hopped the rest of the way to the bathroom…”

Do this until you start writing something out of sheer boredom or come up with something clever. Or until the timer goes off.

Keep your butt in the chair and your fingers moving on the keyboard until the time is up. If you cheat on this, you are only cheating yourself.

Go feed the cat. Change out of your pajamas and sit at your computer again. Set the timer for fifteen minutes. Write until the buzzer goes off.

Take a break and repeat, adding five minutes to each session.

Once you are ready to move on to the good stuff, write your character’s names, where they live, what they do, what their purpose is to the story. Then shift to the settings, the conflict, the turning point, etc., until you either are writing random parts of the story or you know where you want to begin.

 

Learn more about where to begin

You Gotta Start Somewhere
Feeling a Bit Lost? 4 Ways to Boost Productivity and Motivation on Your Blog
10 Writing Warm-Up Exercises
‘I can’t start my book’: You can in 7 simple steps

 

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  1. For me, writing has become a burden rather than a joy.
  2. I have nothing to say.
  3. I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.
  4. I’m not sure where to start.
  5. I don’t want to sound stupid or uninformed.
  6. I don’t have time to write.
  7. What is the point? Why does it matter if I write?
  8. I have too much drama/stress/change in my life to write.

37 Things to Blog About Today

Ready to give your blog posts a boost? Looking for fresh ideas? Check out these writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing. Use the prompts as inspiration, then use the sample blog post titles as is, revise them, or adapt them to your particular style.

Let the blogging begin!

Ready to give your blog posts a boost? Looking for fresh ideas? Check out these writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing.
 

1. About you, quirky style

  • 11 Things I Love About Me
  • Why I Left Home to Join the Circus
     

    2. Something super awesome

  • 7 Cutest Cat Videos OF ALL TIME
  • Writing’s Best and the Brightest: 5 Authors to Watch
     

    3. Invent a controversy

  • Dark Chocolate vs. Bacon – The National Debate Continues
  • Why Dogs Drool and Cats Rule Everytime
     

    4. If/When you are reincarnated, you will come back as…

  • Why I will be an Intergalactic Explorer in my Next Life
     

    5. If you were a superhero

  • i.e. my superhero name is _____
  • i.e. my super powers are _____
  • i.e. my costume looks like ______
  • i.e. my arch nemesis is ______
     

    6. Something that irritates you

  • 6 Reasons I Hate Using the Library
  • My Lifetime Ban on All Things Pink and Fuzzy
     

    7. If you were stranded on a deserted island

  • i.e. who would you want to be stranded with?
  • i.e. what would you do?
  • i.e. would it be Gilligan’s Island style or more like Lost?
     

    8. Your plans if certain things come true

  • What I will do with My Lottery Winnings
  • How I will be a Better Grandparent than Parent
     

    9. Ponder life’s great questions

  • What do Super Heroes Do When They Retire?
  • Is Sitting Really Bad for Me?
     

    10. The craziest thing you’ve ever done

  • The Day I Drove through Our Garage Doors
  • I Don’t Even Know My Last Name
     

    11. Your best friend from childhood

  • Cosmo, My Imaginary Friend, a Real Virtual Pal
  • Sisco, the Best Furry Friend Ever
     

    12. Top 10 (23, 479) things you’ve ever read, seen, eaten, done

     

    13. Pinky swears you have broken

  • Why I Promised Never to Get Married (When I was 10)
     

    14. Lessons learned

  • Three Things I’ve Learned from my dog
  • First Five Steps to Learning Polka
     

    15. Your goals and plans

  • 100 Years in the Future, Here’s What I Want My Obituary to Say
  • 2014: What I will Accomplish
     

    16. Something you’ve never told anyone

  • What Happens in Vegas (Ft. Lauderdale, Topeka)
  • Where Daddy Buried the Gold
     

    17. Your greatest fear

     

    18. Silly stuff

  • 100 Things Guaranteed to Make Me Laugh
  • Fried Twinkies and Garlic Ice Cream: The Taste Test
     

    19. Ways you could improve

  • Three Little Things I could do to Change the World
  • My Promise to Give Up Sugar and Why
     

    20. What you want your kids to know

     

    21. What you are proud of

  • My Book was selected for Amazon Singles
  • 8 Things I’ve done Right This Year So Far
     

    22. Something you believe in

  • Why I Believe in Ghosts, ETs, and the Tooth Fairy
  • 5 Reasons I Donate to the ASPCA
     

    23. Your bucket list—including the ones you have crossed off

     

    24. Advice to the younger you

  • 9 Things I would tell Myself at 18
     

    25. What’s important to you

  • Why No Day is Complete without Exercise, Reading, and My Magic Eight Ball
  • 5 Ways to Add Movement to Your Day
     

    26. The side of you people don’t usually see

  • Yes, I was a Teenage Werewolf
  • What I do After Dark
     

    27. Things you think should be illegal

  • Why Disembodied Baby’s Heads should be banned in the US
     

    28. The best advice you’ve ever been given

     

    29. Share what you know

  • My Favorite FREE Family Outings
  • 18 Ways to Fry Green Tomatoes
     

    30. Your obsessions

  • 13 Unexpected Things in my Soap Sculpture Collection
  • Why Sheldon Cooper is the Sexiest TV Character Ever
     

    31. What you never leave home without

  • Why My Smartphone is More Important than Car Keys
  • Guide to Dressing in Northern England
     

    32. What you are passionate about

  • Why I Count My Blessings Every Single Day
  • Meditation has changed my Life
     

    33. The best $10, $25, or $100 you’ve ever spent

  • Why my Nimbus 2000 is Worth Every Penny
     

    34. About you, warts and all

  • I’m Embarrassed to Admit, But I Like _____
     

    35. Share your resources

  • 5 Websites I Visit Every Week and Why
  • The Best Editor Ever
     

    36. Laugh at your life

  • The Bad Country Song that could have been written about me
  • My Hair Circa 1985
     

    37. Things that make you smile

  • Babe, Toy Story, and Up: Movies I watch Again and Again
  • My Birthday Candle Wishes and How They Came True

     




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