Timeless Tips: What to do when you don’t know what to write about

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Here’s a brainstorming exercise that can help you generate a topic to write about.

1. List the first 10 things (words) that come to mind. They don’t have to be related. You have 10 possible things to write about.

2. Ask someone for the first 10 things that come to mind and add these to your list. You now have 20 possible things to write about.

3. Read your enhanced list. Now list 10 more new things that come to mind after reading the list. You now have 30 possible things to write about.

4. Read the complete list. Pick the things (words) you like at the moment. Cross out the ones you don’t like.

5. Of the words you picked, cross out the ones you don’t want to deal with at the moment.

6. Rank the remaining words according to how much you like them. The word you like best will be #1.

7. Pick the top 3 words.

8. Create 3 questions or sentences for each of the 3 words.

9. Pick the top 3 questions or sentences you are most interested in exploring.

10. Ask yourself which of those 3 you feel like tackling at the moment.

Get writing!

Note: Don’t throw away your lists, questions, or sentences. You can use them over and over again, particularly when you feel that you have nothing to write about.

 

 

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