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101 Blog Post Ideas to Combat Writer's Block
The Dreaded Block
“Yes, I felt very small. The typewriter seemed larger than a piano, I was less than a molecule. What could I do? I drank more.
― Albert Sánchez Piñol, Pandora in the Congo
It happens to the best of us. We're going along with our usual blog posts when we suddenly realize that we're getting too repetitive. Or maybe the idea well simply dries up. No matter how it happens, it is always hard. Finding a way around that writer's block can take an eternity! But don't worry.
Here are a few ideas that can bust down that block and get you back to writing.
1. Make a bulleted list of your day.
2. Why did you choose the names of your child(ren)?
3. What is your dream job?
4. At five years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
5. Do you have an OCD-like tendency? Describe.
6. Do you hoard something strange?
7. Would you rather be always hot or always cold?
8. What is your biggest fear?
9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
10. Describe your significant other and what originally attracted you to them.
A Letter to...
11. ... yourself ten years ago.
12. ... yourself in ten years.
13. ... yourself on your death bed.
14. ... your mother/father-in-law.
15. ... your child(ren).
16. ... someone that makes you angry.
17. ... your childhood best friend.
18. ... the president.
19. ... your favorite actor/singer.
20. ... someone who broke your heart.
21. ... someone who's heart you broke.
22. ... your favorite pair of shoes.
23. ... your bed/pillow.
24. ... your favorite teacher.
25. ... your favorite author.
26. ... you lost your cell phone?
27. ... you were someone's pet?
28. ... the zombie apocalypse actually happened?
29. ... you had a super power? What would it be and why?
30. ... you won 5 billion dollars?
31. ... you were famous? What would you be famous for?
32. ... you could be transported to the world of any story? Where would you go? (Hogwarts, anyone?)
33. ... electricity became illegal?
34. ... a population control policy was established? How many children could people have, and what is the punishment for having more?
35. ... you were no longer allowed to live in the United States? Where would you go?
My Favorite Thing
What is your favorite? Describe the item in detail and why you prefer it to alternatives.
49. Brand of Shampoo/Soap
50. Pair of Jeans
51. Internet Browser
52. TV Show
53. Meal That Your Mom (or other loved one) Cooks
54. School Subject
55. Season of the Year
Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
Write a post about what it would be like to be someone else. Give details on your day, explain your thought processes behind choices, and really try to feel that person's point of view.
36. An illegal immigrant
37. A two-year-old
38. A thief
39. A cheating spouse
40. A bully
41. Your mom
42. Your dad
43. Your significant other
44. A member of the paparazzi
45. A wild animal
The Great Debate
Argue your side. Why did you pick that side? What makes it so great? What makes the alternative not so great? Be sure to give lots of detail!
56. Barney vs. Sesame Street
57. iPhone vs. Android
58. Jeans vs. Yoga Pants
59. TV vs. Movies
60. Barbies vs. Baby Dolls
61. Mac vs. PC
62. Sweet vs. Salty
63. Hot Weather vs. Cold Weather
64. Carpet vs. Hardwood
65. Camping vs. Hotel Room
66. Shower vs. Bath
67. Being Single vs. Being in a Relationship
68. Spotify vs. Pandora
69. Christmas vs. Halloween
70. Old School Disney vs. New Disney
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Fiction - Write the Story
71. Your own personal Groundhog's Day. You (or a character you create) must live a single, ordinary day over and over. What are you missing? What lesson are you supposed to learn?
72. A person walks through a door and instantly feels at home (although they are not home). Where are they, and what are they doing?
73. No matter what the story, end with a character saying, "Always kiss me goodnight."
74. A person is sneaking something. They may be trying to sneak a cigarette, sweet food, or drug. Or maybe they are sneaking to hear a conversation. Work it out. Why are they behaving like that, and what is their goal?
75. She feels so beautiful when she has ________. What is it? Why does it make her feel so amazing? Be creative. Try to avoid cliches like dresses or smiles.
76. Imagine that you are a stray cat/dog, and describe your nighttime adventure in detail. Where do you go? Are you alone, or do you meet others along the way. Have fun with it!
77. You (or your character) has just discovered that they are dying. How are they going to die? What happens next?
78. Imagine a world where the government is in control of everyone and everything. What choices do they make for the individual? What laws are in place? How do they keep everyone compliant?
79. You (or your character) is an orphan. How did you come to be in that situation, and what is your life like?
80. Take a story you love - it can be long or short - and rewrite the ending. For instance, maybe Katniss picks Gale over Peeta. Or maybe Voldemort wins and enslaves the entire muggle community. Be creative!
You're Not Alone
- Quotes About Writers Block (33 quotes)
Even the best writers have experienced writer's block at some point in their career. Check out a few of the good ones and what they had to say about their struggle.
81. Write a "Things You Don't Know About Me" post.
82. Review something: a book, movie, tv show, restaurant, etc.
83. Describe a weakness you have and how you want to improve it.
84. Write a "The History of..." post.
85. What is the nerdiest thing you do? What do you love about it?
86. Imagine that someone else is writing your blog. What would your spouse/mom/dad/friend say if they were trying to be you?
87. Hash out your writer's block. Why do you think you're in such a rut?
88. Pick your favorite poem, and rewrite it in your own words. Bonus points if you keep it in the same structure!
89. What is the last thing you messed up? Maybe you killed a cake or accidentally bleached your favorite shirt. Then write a post about how NOT to do something.
90. Write a "10 Commandments of ___________ " post.
91. What is the best advice you have ever received? Who gave it to you?
92. What is the worst advice you have ever received? What was that all about? Did you follow it?
93. What is your favorite old school Nickelodeon show?
94. What is something you are really good at? Create a tutorial!
95. Google Image search for the word "music." Choose an image and write a story about it. Be sure to link to the photo!
96. What is your favorite conspiracy theory? What do you think the truth is?
97. Bullet your bucket list. Be sure to indicate which ones you've already done!
98. Invite your readers to write a post for your blog. You might be surprised with your response!
99. What is something you wish you had done, but you weren't brave enough to do?
100. Look up mental illnesses. Choose the strangest one and give the details. (For a little hint: check out Paris Syndrome)
101. Dedicate a post to your readers. Respond to individual comments, and make them feel a little special.
Just Get Back in There!
Writer's block can be one of the most difficult things to overcome. However, its simply a part of the process. Often, we feel as though the writing won't ever come. But, it's about our expectations. If we sit down intending to create amazing writing in our first draft, we will be disappointed every time. Sometimes you just have to sit and let the words flow. Even if it's not your best work, it's better than nothing at all.
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Ernest Hemingway