I’m on Day 23 of my 30 day blogging challenge. It hasn’t been too bad, so far. I’ve managed to come up with something to write about each day. But when I think on it, there have been a few days I really had no clue what my post was going to be about and I went searching for an idea. I will share with you ten ways that have worked for me.
- Turned off the computer. Yep, never fails. As soon as I shut the computer down, I think of something I want to type into it.
- Read the headlines on CNN. This can work in a couple of different ways. Either I’m so disgusted and saddened by what is going on in the world, I have to vent, or something I read or see a picture of will spark a thought, a memory, or a feeling, and I will start writing it down.
- Eat chocolate. It might not make me write, but it sure makes me feel better about not writing.
- Hug my dog. This resulted in a post about Maggie. She and I have conversations in my mind quite frequently and I suspect some of these conversations will become future posts.
- Drink Diet Coke. The fizz going down, the caffeine. Words appear on the screen in no particular order but I’m buzzed. I’ll sort the words out later.
- Have a conversation. Call up a friend and shoot the breeze. Talk about nothing. Talk about nail polish. Chances are, something is going to trigger an idea.
- Watch a movie. I watch movies I’ve watched a hundred times before. My mind drifts since I already know how it’s going to turn out. Thoughts happen.
- Knit. There’s nothing like pulling out a couple of needles and yarn to get my mind to go places it’s never gone before. I do easy projects I don’t have to think about, like a scarf, and that frees up my mind to get creative. Plus, I get a pretty scarf.
- Scrub the toilet bowl. It helps clear all the crappy thoughts out of my head and makes room for something new.
- Eat chocolate. It bears repeating.
So there you have it, my foolproof ways to blast through any writer’s block. Tried and proven. Stock up on chocolate now.
What works for you?