One of the repeated conversations of my childhood went like this:
ME: I’m bored!
MUM: Write something.
ME: What should I write about?
It must have happened a lot because I remember several similar instances.
These days, I don’t often need someone to suggest topics for writing. I usually have at least a couple of projects on the go at any given time. The blog, though, that’s a horse of an entirely different hue. I made myself a list of topics that might be of some use. I’m sharing it with you here in case you find yourself similarly stuck:
Most of the readers of my blog are writers. If you have, or want to have, a blog of your own, then writing about your process, your failures as well as you successes, is an endlessly rich vein of subjects. My list of writing topics includes:
- Where do you write?
- Do you use a schedule?
- What rituals, if any, do you need to employ before you get to work?
The submission process:
- Producing a compelling final draft
- writing the cover letter and / or synopsis
- selecting a journal, publisher, or agent to submit your work
Other Writing Topics:
- Point of view
- Story architecture
- What novelists can learn from playwrights / short story writers
- What writers can learn from the other arts — music, painting, sculpture, etc.
- Developing your voice
- Learning from the Masters
- Crafting believable heroes and villains
- Revisions and rewrites
Topics not directly related to writing include:
- Developments in publishing
- Lists (like this blog entry!) can be helpful if you’re stuck for a more in-depth topic
- Inspiration — the things that get those creative juices flowing
- Your hobbies or interests
- Your town or local community
- Bookshops or art galleries
That’s enough for you to be going on with, I think. At one time or another, I believe I’ve covered pretty much every item in this list. Let me know if you have anything to add or if you’d like to post a link to your own blog, feel free. I’d love to check out the competition!