How to always have something to write about

by Starla J. King on August 30, 2012

“Train yourself to listen to that small voice that tells us what’s important and what’s not.”
— Sue Grafton

You want to start writing a blog… or to write more often on one you already started in a moment of brave inspiration.

But something’s stopping you.

I bet it’s not really that you’re worried your writing isn’t good enough (even though that’s likely there too).

Or that you’re too nervous about sharing your written words publicly (even though that’s likely there too).

Or that you’re trying so hard for perfection that you never let yourself finish a post (even though that’s likely there too).

No… I think it’s something else. I bet that you’re scared into blog silence by the fear that you won’t have enough to write about.  

I hear it all the time from my clients, my colleagues, my friends, my family (not my cats.  they don’t give a s***t about writing. sighhhh…).  And I hear it from myself.

Even after 4+ years of regular writing posts on 2 blogs, I still have that niggling worry that one of these days, the Blog Topic Well will absolutely and completely dry up for heretofore and ever more.

But it never has.  And I am quite certain it never will.

Here’s why.

Each of our lives — no matter who we are, where we live, who we love, how much we earn, what we believe, and what interests us most — each of our lives is infinitely… yes, INFINITELY… full of meaning in every day, moment after moment.

You just have to train yourself to realize it.

To make the connections between the simple things you notice and the things you most want to say on your blog.

It all starts with a mindset.   An openness to experiencing AHA! (light bulb) moments when something you see, or hear, or smell, or feel, or taste, or touch, or read, or dream, or wonder, or hope, or feel, triggers an insight that relates to your blog purpose.

Like this orange door I saw the other morning on my walk to the coffee shop.

How many blog topics can you come up with from this one photo?

For a more personal post, maybe about how you’re finally noticing some light coming into your heart from the shadows of the past.

For a marketing post, maybe about how being bold catches appreciative attention… if it’s done in a tasteful way.

For a life coaching post, maybe about the metaphor of doors:  who we “let in” or not… and what we show to the outside world vs. what we keep hidden … and how if we allow some parts of transparency (the glass in the door), it also reflects back beauty to those who pass by (notice the reflection in the glass).

Or for a design post, maybe about the effective use of color and texture contrasts and compliments.

Or a philosophical post about the impact of the way we identify so much in our lives by numbers.

Or a motivational post about stepping up bravely and boldly to the doorstep of your challenge, even without knowing what’s behind the door.

… and so forth.

You see, every street corner, every overheard conversation, every plant, book, and song has meaning in it. 

Commit to writing those regular blog posts, and your world will meet you there, serving you delight as a plate full of topics.

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NJD August 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

Reminds me of a quote..
“God is always speaking,
are we listening?”

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Starla J. King August 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

Oh NjD, that quote is So PERFECT. *copying and posting on my wall*

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Angel August 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

SO smart… (and love the above comment too, about god always speaking).

there is meaning everywhere… we need only the eyes to see and the ears to hear….

sending adoration your way… more smartness…

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Starla J. King August 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

yeah, I too loved that comment. I remember sending that NjD a flower photo one day from a gorgeous west coast resort, with the note “Look, God was here!” and her response? “Show me a place where God isn’t…” That has stuck with me ever since.

Here’s to KNOWING there is meaning everywhere. xo

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Alizabeth Rasmussen August 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

The best and most surprising thing about starting a blog – as scary as it was – has been the realization that the more I write, the more there is to write about. The world looks different when I walk in it as a writer. It’s not even so much about looking for things to write about as it is just being RECEPTIVE to what’s there. The writing feeds life and life feeds the writing in a beautiful, never-ending cycle.

Meaning is everywhere, indeed. I love that. And the best part is, sometimes we get to be the ones to MAKE meaning from seemingly-ordinary, everyday, real life. 🙂

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Starla J. King August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

Alizabeth, YES, yes, and YES!! You just wrote the other part of the blog that I didn’t have room for… LOVE that.

A beautiful, never-ending cycle indeed.

Thank you for stating it all so beautifully.

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