Friday, November 30, 2012

What to Write on Slow Days ~ Guest Post by Paul Taylor

What to Write on Slow Days ~ Guest Post by Paul Taylor
We all have slow days. Sometimes there just seems to be nothing new to write about on our blogs. Whenever I have those days they seem never ending. I just sit there, staring at the computer screen and demanding that an idea appear. It doesn’t even matter what idea, as long as I can just start writing! However, doing anything is not the point. The point is to spend your time and effort doing something worthwhile. With that in mind, here are some ideas to get you writing again.
1.     Check out the news – Even if your blog has nothing to do with current events, news stories can make you think of ideas you would have normally never come up with. Whether it is the crisis in the Middle East or the latest celebrity scoop, you would be surprised by how many great ideas come from random news articles.
2.     Surf social media – Checking out what is hot on Twitter and Facebook is often a great way to see what people are interested in reading about. Maybe you have a new thought or even just a different perspective from the rest. Whatever the case, social media affords a wonderful opportunity to get ideas that will interest readers.
3.     Look at pictures – Images are great. Like the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Oftentimes a great picture can make me think of something I would like to write about. Even if you just check out a photo site like Flicker or Pinterest, you are sure to run across something that speaks to you. Do not forget that readers like images too, so the more pictures you can include in your writing the better off you will probably be.
4.     Talk to people – I know actual communication is somewhat of a lost art, but the people around you are full of great ideas. Even though most do not know that. Just by having conversations with your coworkers, family members or friends, you can get great ideas on what to write. Ask questions like what they would be interested in reading or what is important to them at the moment. You might be surprised at how insightful and inspiring the answers you get are.
These are just a few ideas that can help get you writing again on slow days. The more you worry about what you are going to write, the more stressed you get and the less likely you are to have a great idea. Relax, take some time to look around you, and have fun with it. Remember that your attitude comes across in your writing, so like what you write!
Author Bio:
Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare through “”.

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