“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” – Ernest Newman, Born Nov. 30, 1868.
If you keep meaning to write, but you don't, because you can't think of what to write…
Stop being lame, you pickle.
The muse isn't going to bother dropping an idea on you unless you are already working and scribbling and typing away.
That's just how it works. You need to get to work and if shit is all that comes out, then poop it out.
Poop is better than nothing. And getting the poop out of the way is how you get to the tootsie roll inside.
Here is a list of things you can write about when you can't think of anything.
1. What pissed you off yesterday?
2. What delighted you most recently?
3. What do you think of this song on the radio?
4. What do you want to change in your life?
5. Who do you admire and why?
6. When did you achieve a great victory in your life?
7. When did you fail but learned a lesson?
8. Why do you want to write?
9. Why do you think people should listen to you?
10. Where do you want your life/business to be next year?
11. Where would you like to travel and why?
12. Who do you want people to see you as?
13. What's the weather like today?
That's just a list of things that should get you cranking just to get the machinery unclogged. It could be literally anything.
Hell, go meta and make up a list of things to write about – even that can be a topic.
That's what I just did. There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. Some of it will be good, you just have to get to the good part through work.
<!—- lagniappe So, the usual numbered list of ideas is already used up for this one. So this time, I want to give you a good bedrock idea that should always help you figure out not just what to write about. But HOW to write about it so it matters. The thing to always keep in mind is that the point of OUR kind of writing is to make a connection with the reader. Let’s look at a few ways we can do that, so once we have a topic, we know what we’re trying to say ABOUT it. Professional connection is the obvious one, sure. That’s the main reason we’re writing to a niche audience, after all. For business purposes. Next, we want to have an intellectual collection. We share thoughts with our readers and we want to show them that we know what they’re thinking, too. The same thoughts drive us, keep us awake, and make us take action. We also want to share an experiential connection. We’ve done the same things, and maybe share commonalities in our day to day lives and even past experiences. That gives us a common reality to connect on. Finally, we want an emotional connection. We don’t gotta fall in love or anything, but we want to try and show that our thoughts and experiences make us feel the same way they feel. We love the same things, we despise the same things. The same things make us happy or mad. All of this comes together when you understand that we are trying to show the reader that externally and internally, we overlap. We are kindred spirits on the same journey into our shared field of interest. Why? Because that means when it comes to things we know that they don’t yet, they will be willing to take our word for it. They TRUST us. Because we are connected. —->