Face The Facts!
It’s been a tough winter and I now have spring fever. I am done with the snow, ice, and cold weather. I am done with the dry skin, long socks, and closed in shoes. I want out of these shoes and into sandals and flip-flops. I want my soft, moisturized skin back, and I want to be able to sit under a tree and read a good book.
During this winter, I haven’t been motivated to do much of anything and that includes writing. No matter how hard I “concentrated,” the ideas just would not flow and my attitude about writing was not very positive. I then realized that I was starting to sound like my students who think that they don’t have anything to write about. I sympathize with them because I was in a writing slump and it seemed that I would not recover until I could see around my winter blues to new blooms in spring. However, let’s tell the truth and STOP MAKING EXCUSES. There are plenty of topics that would allow us to write stories and essays of interest. We just need a little help finding them.
As I thought about my writing slump, I found that I did manage to watch tons of movies and I read several good books (on my reading list) that I downloaded from our local library. I love being able to go to my tablet and check out a book to read on a snowy day. Anyway, those movies and good books make great topics for writing.
By the way, have you tried using your local library’s website to download e-books? It’s a “NO EXCUSE” resource for adults and children. You don’t have to leave the house and they even make recommendations based on your check out history.
I am going to do all of us a favor by compiling a short list of topics that will help us when we just don’t know what to write or when we are not inspired to write at all. I like to call them my “NO EXCUSE” writing topics because everyone can find something on this list that inspires.
My Top 30 “NO EXCUSE” Writing Topics
* What is your favorite season?
* What is your least favorite season?
* What is your favorite book?
* What is your least favorite book?
* What is your favorite movie?
* What is your least favorite movie?
* Who is your favorite book character?
* Who is your least favorite book character?
* Who is your favorite movie character?
* Who is your least favorite movie character?
* What is your favorite food?
* What is your favorite school subject?
* What is your opinion of the biggest news stories of the week?
* What makes you smile?
* What makes you sad?
* What type of music do you like?
* What was your most embarrassing moment?
* Which sports do you love?
* Which sports can you do without?
* How do you help out in your community?
* What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
* What is your favorite ice cream topping?
* What is your favorite holiday?
* What is your least favorite holiday?
* What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
* What is the worst vacation you have ever taken?
* What destination do you most want to visit?
* What is your favorite television show?
* What is your favorite hobby?
* What is your favorite app to use?
This list could go on and on but do you get the idea? Everything that we experience opens a doors for writing topics. What other topics could we add to this list? With this list and your ideas, there are “NO EXCUSES” to the question, “What do I write about?”