Writer’s block is that thing we all dread, yet happens now and then. We have a very useful resource on the topic of writer’s block and how to move past it, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, here’s a short list of go-to ideas that can help you come up with a blog post without having to go through the sometimes excruciating process of smashing that block to pieces.
These blog post topics are rather general in nature, and you can tweak them and play around with them as much as you want to when you find yourself wondering what to write about.
A controversial piece of news
There is always some controversial topic to write about. Whatever niche your blog may belong to, you are certain to find some hot conversation surrounding one topic or another. While you may not normally like joining the fray, when you’re stuck in a writing rut, then a controversial topic just might be what you need to get you started.
The book you are currently reading
You’re a writer. The chances are you always have a book you’re currently reading – more than one perhaps. Why not write about that book? What are your first impressions? Pick a character and write about what you can learn from him/her. You can even write why you hate/love that character. You can also write something along the lines of “What writers can learn from [book].”
Alternatively, you can go back to previously read books and review them.
Another idea is to write about books that you want to read. For example, browse through Goodreads and discover new reading material and write about that.
Ask or answer a question
Questions are everywhere. You have them. Your readers have them.
When you’re stuck, think about the questions you have – related to your work or otherwise. Write about one or two – even three. You don’t even have to answer those questions in your post. Engage your readers instead and ask them if they have answers to your questions.
Alternatively, if your readers have posed their own questions – via comments, your Facebook page, or Twitter – why not make it a point to list those down and use them as “emergency” topics to write about?
A letter to yourself – past or future
This idea may not appeal to those who do not like being too personal online, but you have full control over what you reveal anyway, so why not exercise your creative side and write a letter to yourself? The topic could be about anything under the sun. It could be positive or negative, or a mix of both. Who cares?
Take this chance to be totally honest and turn a dry (writing) spell into an exercise of self-exploration. You might be surprised at how your readers can relate to your piece.
List post of niche-related quotes
Quotes are all the rage these days, and sometimes, they get tiring. However, if you take the time to focus on a very specific subject and choose the best quotes you can find about it, a list post of quotes is one of the easiest things to create. It wouldn’t hurt to add a bit of commentary in the beginning or end as well.
How about you? What are your go-to topics when you hit a brick wall?
Ankita Chauhan says
Thank you for the very useful tips. I am definitely going to be using them sometime.
Jeremy Martin says
Good post, thanks for writing. It reminds me of Faulkner’s quote, “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning”. If you’re a writer, I think you just have to care about something. Writer’s block might be just another form of character block, in which you’re blocking who you are out of fear for what people might think or apathy for what other people care about.
Noemi Tasarra-Twigg says
Thanks for dropping by Jeremy!