#SOL20: Ideas


my brain feels empty

What should I write about?  What could I write about?  So close to the holidays. Too soon to reveal secrets. So many tasks yet to do. And yet my brain is frozen. No idea in mind.

I search previous blog posts for “ideas” and these two pop up. The first is about getting “unstuck” while the second focuses on “process”.



Wisdom from Matt de la Pena and the #TCRWP Supper Club.


A springboard for ideas?

The use of a model.

Part of my Christmas card choice for this year is displayed below. So many connections for both a springboard for ideas and the use of a model. I didn’t look at the price, but I did review the quantity before making my purchase. Time would not allow a second purchase. Look at the image and consider how you might use it for writing.

A springboard for ideas? An _______ Christmas. A ________ (holiday). Describe your family traditions in this format. Write it individually. Compare with another family member or friend. Revise. Singly or together.

The use of a model. A model for the pictures. A model for the writing. A model to use as one holds up and compares ideas.

Cut apart the ideas and the words. Match them. Rearrange them. Think of personal connections to the items listed. What has been left out? What would you add? What would you delete? Which ones do you really want to hear over and over so they will be in the first half? Which ones stand on their own merit with fewer repetitions.

And then . . .

What topics can you insert?

The 10 Days Before a Zoom Call? The Countdown to the Next Holiday? The Items in a Favorite Holiday Recipe? The Items on Your Tree? Descriptions of Family Member? Your 2020 Wish List?

Here’s the beginning of a draft . . .

A Family Christmas

A family from a farm

Two brothers working

Three brave daughters

Four generations living

Five . . .

Six Lefties Writing

. . .

What writing ideas will you explore? How will you share their sources? How will you continue to write your own stories?


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3 responses

  1. For me, I rarely know what I will write about. I try to leave my mind open and see what pops into it as a nagging thought that won’t go until it is written about. Not the most productive way to go about doing things, but it works for me. I like the idea of doing a personal 12 Days of Christmas. I am sure that no two lists would be the same.

  2. I love the idea of prompts but my writing is more real and exciting when I write about small moments in my life and how they connect me with the past or future. Your prompts, however, have me thinking…….ext week…..

    1. Love connections to past or future in small moments. So many ways to think about ideas. so many ways to “re-purpose” ideas from our daily lives!

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