I have a pretty decent collection of novel ideas. (Ha! The pun was not intended but it works pretty well, eh?) What I struggle with is blog ideas.

Recently I tried an exercise that I’ve used for novel writing, but hadn’t ever applied to blogs. Perhaps it will help you, as I think it’s helped me.

Take out a clean sheet of paper or open a blank document on your screen. Clear your mind. Or don’t—it doesn’t really matter; I just wanted to sound yogi-like.

Next, write a title of a potential blog post. Do not think twice about it. Hit enter, or skip to the next line on your page, and write another title. Continue going until you have filled at least one page, or until you are well and truly dry. (Ha! I’m laughing at my wit . . . Well? Truly dry? Hahahaha. Yeah, I know . . . it doesn’t take much to thrill me these days. I’m in NaNo mode after all.)

Example from my own exercise the other day:

Mindfulness
Writing to P
lease Yourself
Writing to Please Others

Then, go back to your first title and jot down a one-sentence blurb telling what you could write about under that heading.

Example:

Mindfulness

  • What is it and why is it important?

Writing to Please Yourself

  • True integrity in your writing

Writing to Please Others

  • Can your readers detect insincerity?

And . . . that’s it! Simple, right? When I did it, I came up with fifteen ideas in less than five minutes. Now, I may not end up using all these ideas here, but I’ll certainly use at least five of them—and that sure beats trying to come up with something at the very last minute.

Try it out and let me know if it works for you.

*Disclaimer: If my next several blogs suck, you will know that this idea probably sucks too, since that’s where they came from. If you don’t think they stink, then hurray for me—and for you, because now we’ll both know we have an easy and reliable source for blog ideas.

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9 comments on “Farming for Ideas ~ The Stream of Consciousness Exercise”

  1. Sounds like fun.

    But if you wanted to sound Yogi-like, you would have had to say something like:

    “Heyy-hey-hey Boo-Boo. Let’s go gettus some picnic baskets!” — Yogi Bear of Jellystone Park

    or

    “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” — Yogi Berra

    I like this one too:

    “I never said most of the things I said.” — Yogi Berra

    Sorry, had to tease. You will get me back later, I am sure.

    It was fun seeing you and David at the book launch!

  2. Great ideas! I find that I usually have great blogging ideas when I’m nowhere near my computer. Then when I sit down, I can’t remember. I’m starting to try to keep a notebook handy so that when inspiration strikes, I can write it down and then move on with what I have to be doing.

    But of course there are still days when I look at my poor little blog and realize there’s nothing new being posted for awhile. Your exercise is perfect for those times!

  3. This is hilarious! My blog posts come from stuff I see on TV, what someone says to me, or something I’m currently going through in my life. I guess maybe I should try this method…

  4. I think I’m a true blog-a-holic because I usually don’t have to struggle to come up with blog posts. But this week I’ve had an unusually hard time, maybe because I’m using up all my creative juices on NaNo. So I’m going to give it a try!

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