Here are more ideas used a few times:
- Write about the latest silly thing a celebrity did. If Mel Gibson just stuck his foot in his mouth again, write about it. Connect it with what you do: If you’re in customer service (who isn’t?) maybe tell folks they should always pretend they’re being recorded. You get the idea.
- Answer the buttheads. Someone out there said something that ticked you off. Answer them. Don’t do it like me, though. Do it nicely – I don’t want your firing on my hands.
- Mea culpa. Apologize to someone you wronged. This doesn’t have to be a pistols-at-dawn offense. For example, maybe I panned a book the first time I read it, then loved it the second time so I decided to write a second review. Or, maybe I told someone (in a nice way) that they were wrong, but it turned out I was.
- Stream of consciousness. This is harder but fun. Just start writing with one thought in mind. I’ll do this with things like ‘SEO’ or ‘marketing’ or ‘purple things’. About 1/2 the time I get something really great. The other 1/2 it looks like I was freebasing cocoa powder again. A good exercise nonetheless.
- Ask. Send out a Tweet: Yo, people, what should I write about today? It works amazingly well, once you tune out all the folks asking you to write about, er, inappropriate topics.