Scribbles, ahoy! Photo by Leslie from Shuttersmack.
“What should I write about?”
It’s a question I hear … quite a lot.
Second only to:
“How do I decide what to write about, first?”
No matter which question you’ve got on your mind, these prompts might unlock a few answers.
Just fill in the blanks — and pay attention to the phrases that make your heart beat a little faster.
THOSE are the topics to focus on, first.
(And if “writing” isn’t your preferred mode of self-expression, just swap in another verb that suits you. Like “explaining” or “teaching” or “performing” or “singing” or “painting” or “podcasting” or “taking a photo.” You know what you like. Go make something good.)
. . .
For years, I’ve been saying, “I ought to write a book about ___________________.”
I care deeply about helping people ___________________.
I (secretly) want to write about ___________________.
People are always asking me how I ___________________.
I wish people would ask me how to ___________________.
I don’t know EVERYTHING about ___________________, but I know enough to give somebody a considerable head start.
I don’t have anything particularly “innovative” to say. I just want to remind people that it’s OK to ___________________.
I don’t have anything “radical” to say. I just want to show people how to ___________________ and have fun doing it.
I have SO many great tips on how to___________________.
I have THE funniest story about that one time I ___________________.
I know a TON about ___________________.
I really want to be known as an expert on ___________________.
I really want to be known as someone with a fresh twist on ___________________.
I seriously believe the world would be a much better place if we could all just ___________________.
I think people might be inspired by my story about ___________________.
I will never, ever get tired of talking about ___________________.
I’ve got a weird, inexplicable obsession with ___________________.
I’ve got super-strong opinions about ___________________.
If a friend of mine was too afraid to ___________________, what I’d want to tell him / her is ___________________.
If a space discovery program asked me to write a short essay about “what it means to be human” — a message for alien races + future human generations to read — I’d tell the story about that one time I ___________________.
If I gave people a secret glimpse into my ___________________, what they’d find inside is ___________________.
If there’s one recurring lesson in my life — one that I’ve learned over and over, in different ways — it’s definitely
It probably doesn’t “make sense” in terms of my business / career, but I’m just dying to write about ___________________.
It’s not “fancy” or “special” or even that “unique,” but I suspect people would be really curious to take a peek at my ___________________.
Most people think that ___________________ is really complicated, but I know that it can be ___________________.
One thing I’m tired of seeing in the world is ___________________.
One thing that makes me absolutely sick is ___________________.
One thing that I think is completely amazing — that everybody should know about! — is ___________________.
The worst break-up / fight / conflict I ever experienced was ___________________ and what I learned was ___________________.
When ___________________ happened to me, I felt so ashamed / alone / angry / frightened. I’d like to share that story, so that other people know they’re NOT alone.
When a friend of mine is in pain because of ___________________, what I want to tell him / her is ___________________.
When my heart is breaking, what I wish somebody would tell me is ___________________.
When I’m ready to leave this world, and my dearest friends surround my bedside and ask me, “Do you have any last words of advice? One last secret to share? A story to tell?” I’ll smile and tell them all about ___________________.
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Want even MORE prompts? Read THIS.
Feeling stuck, scared + blocked? Read THIS.
Worried that your audience is “too small” — so what’s the point of even writing? DEFINITELY read THIS.
P.S. What are YOU going to write about today?