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What Can I Write About?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? I do all of the time. I say that I will get up every morning and post, post, post on the various sites I am on. Then I sit there and think, “Well, what can I write about?” Staring at a blank document doesn’t induce one single idea!

I figure I will just get up and go do something else. At least that way I feel productive. Then just as I am elbow deep in dish water or laundry, a thought occurs that might make an interesting post. I should just jump to the laptop and write that up, but I already started something else.

By the time I do get back to the laptop, guess what? Yep, I am staring at a blank page again. I used to carry a notebook everywhere I went, just so I could jot down thoughts and ideas. I need to start doing that again. I also need to realize that people like to read all sorts of things.

A post doesn’t have to be earth shattering wisdom; it just has to be interesting. I am a fairly interesting person, so I should have lots to say, right? I just need to stop second guessing what I think might be considered interesting.

What about you guys? How do you decide what is going on that blank document? What are some things you like to read about or write about? I have tons of “stuff” stuck in my head, I just need to get it typed out and stop staring at a blank document and thinking!

See how nicely I typed up these random thought? I am not sure it is all that interesting but at least the page isn’t blank anymore!

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momathome wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:48 PM

For me it's typically a matter of what is on my mind at a given time. I don't post unless I "feel" that I have something I need to say. Then I typically sit down and it just kind of flows out.

melody23 wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:48 PM

I am the exact same, the idea of what to write is the hardest part for sure.

MegL wrote on January 2, 2015, 6:01 PM

When I was doing my last dissertation (20 years ago), I had my first computer open at a word processing program (there was no internet in those days) and I would do the ironing and the dishes. While my hands were occupied with mundane tasks that also occupied my logical left brain, my right brain became totally creative and I rushed to the computer to write those gems down. Once written down, I went back to ironing or dishes and more gems would appear!

Oceanblue wrote on January 2, 2015, 6:06 PM

When I decide to write I always begin by finding a photo or even go out and take new photos. Once I have found a photo the article will then appear. Some days are easier to find photos then others. Have a great day.

Kasman wrote on January 2, 2015, 6:31 PM

I have heard that the golden rule of writing is to 'write what you know'. I don't think that would work for me since the only things I know about would soon become boring to everyone else. i think we need to stretch our imagination a bit. How else could fiction writers (or science fiction writers) function?

Kasman wrote on January 2, 2015, 6:33 PM

Oceanblue - I also use that method when I am really stuck. Often, a look through Pixabay or Flickr will spark an idea in my mind and - bingo - I have a post!

Madcanman wrote on January 2, 2015, 7:47 PM

I occasionally draw inspiration from the posts of others here. I'll read something and that will give me an idea for an article of my own, and next thing I know I have something ready to post.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:46 PM

Yes I have done that several times too. I will read a post and think Oh Oh! I have an idea now, lol.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 2, 2015, 8:49 PM

I have been writing many many years, but a lot of it was assigned writing. Informational type articles and such that had to have a certain format. Being on my own to write what I want seemed like so much fun, but at times it is not, lol.

bestwriter wrote on January 2, 2015, 11:11 PM

When you read posts here there is a trigger there. It leads to ideas. Ofcourse I have several interests and so there is no lack of ideas when it comes to posting here. emoticon :smile:

melody23 wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:15 AM

OMG I am the exact same, I really prefer having a title (or topic) assigned, or at least suggested to me, on the other hand being able to write what I like is great fun - if I can come up with something to write about!

Colibry21 wrote on January 3, 2015, 12:26 PM

Yes, there are definitely times when I ask myself this question. It's happened in the past, and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened again.

Donna_Thacker wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:31 PM

Yep, that's how I started out in the freelance world. I was always given topics and assignments. Of course the topics usually led to ideas of my own, which was great! To start out trying to come up with my own ideas is hard to get used to.

CalmGemini wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:27 AM

All the time I am asking the very same question.For some time now I have been meaning to carry a note book with me,, but never got to it.