Finding Everyday Inspiration: What Should I Write About?

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Will you help me with my homework, pretty please? Not Maths homework, I’m beyond help in there, but a blogging homework.

I’m participating in a trivial writing challenge called Finding Everyday Inspiration. A task in preparation for a future post is to collect ideas from readers on what I should write about.

It’s pretty tricky because it presumes that anyone even bothers. But, if you happen to have nothing better to do, I’ll appreciate your suggestionsβ€”leave them in a comment on this post!

What’s in it for you? I have no clue. Probably the element of surprise when both you and I learn what to make out of it. I expect it to happen in a week or two. Or anytime else. It’s a surprise!

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42 comments on “Finding Everyday Inspiration: What Should I Write About?”

    1. Thank you so much for your suggestions! It never occurred to me to write about a hobby or local issues – though it’s such an obvious choice. I’ll see what the challenge prompt will ask me to do with the ideas, and I’ll definitely keep you posted!

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  1. I write about something you like least, whatever it is. A hobby you don’t have, cats vs. dogs, the crazy president, or why the city charges such for trash pickup. oh, the topics are endless.

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    1. Thank you so much for your ideas, it’s actually what I was thinking about too – to write about something that I hate or know nothing about. Now, that I call a challenge! I’m curious what the exact instructions as to what to do with these ideas will be – I’ll see, hopefully soon!

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  2. Great challenge and good on you for participating! Because there are so many things to choose from, it can be overwhelming but I think that may be mainly because we feel choosing a given topic defines us in some significant way when it is only a choice of a moment and not an all-encompassing definition. So go with the moment. Some suggestions: life’s little pleasures . . . the way ants and other wild creatures go about their daily activities to survive . . . the light breeze causing a wind chime to tinkle . . . a peculiar word . . . the intricacies exhibited by a simple tree leaf . . . life in another area of the world . . . .

    Your blog is great by the way and I enjoy following it! Keep being you! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you very much for tuning in, sharing your ideas, and for your kind words! I needed some kind of challenge to get back on the blogging track, some new inspiration and encouragement to take a new perspective on things.

      I absolutely love your suggestions. I want to try them all – they’re pretty challenging, which is a good thing. Actually, I’m thinking that I could blog about all of these things, one by one, which would last me for a while. Now that’s a thought I like.

      Thanks again for stopping by and inspiring me, and happy blogging!

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  3. Anything to get the writing juices going is good in my book. As for a subject – well I just started a new blog and already I am grinding to a halt. I wrote that the reason I started it was because I normally find myself boxed in by stuff I already wrote. I know there is a term for that condition – pretty usual in human beings – the need to be consistent. It is an affliction.

    [Corrected text – scrub the earlier comment]

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    1. Now, that was a challenge for me, to find any difference between this comment and your previous one – I only noticed one inconsequential typo – it’s amazing you took the time to correct it! I am ashamed to admit that I don’t care much about typos and mistakes when I blog. It’s perhaps to counterbalance my proofreading and editing work, which is where a typo makes all the difference.

      I understand the need to be consistent. I didn’t realise it was a thing, but I certainly have these feelings. Since my blog is not a serious endeavour and it’s written under a pen name, I try to experiment here sometimes with things I’d normally never do. It can be releasing.

      Would you care sharing a link to your new blog so I could pop over?

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        1. Oh I see, never mind then, no pressure! By the way, I hugely enjoyed your today’s posts – on looking at things and not seeing them and about the workings of the brain. Fascinating!

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      1. Dr. Robert Cialdini wrote about consistency in his book ‘Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion’ – an easy read if you have the inclination. Consistency is a straitjacket into which people put themselves because they find it difficult to cope with the fact that they are inconsistent. So when given the opportunity to show they are rational, balanced, worked out, etc. – they are drawn to do so. And they will even act consistently when what they do is against their better principles. That’s one of the ways people influence and persuade others – by getting them to do a small thing and then another and forming a pattern of consistency that the influenced person finds hard to break out of.

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        1. This is very interesting and seems to make perfect sense. Always when I’m inconsistent, I try to think of Walt Whitman: Do I contradict myself? Very well, I’m huge, I contain multitudes! (Paraphrase.) I think being inconsistent is a sign of mental development and maturing in your opinions.

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  4. Do something that is completely different, like write something that’s dark, sarcastic, self deprecating, … Ooops, OK, write about all of the stupid replies you get when you ask questions like this πŸ˜‰

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  5. On my old persons 60+ site they asked us stuff like this:
    Reminiscing about childhood, parents, family, holidays – the experiences we all recognise are the best, or ones so unusual readers are left agog!
    The minutiae of everyday life, from shopping to driving to paying bills – good and bad
    Your biggest fear or greatest triumph – nothing is too big or small
    Love, loss and bereavement – on every level, from a job to a beloved person
    Life lessons you’ve learned – nothing is too big or small
    Your body – how you see it, have used it, have cared for it, how it’s regarded by others

    I could have added the mental health one but you talk about that a lot as it is…..anyway some thoughts, but remember its always best to write about things you know unless you make them up…hmmm….I’m maybe guilty of that…lol

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    1. These topics are great for bloggers of any age, I especially like the one about the body, how you perceive it, how it changes, that’s an appealing subject and perhaps a potential way to write about some of your insecurities.

      Well, mental health, I think I should really start writing about this subject in a more positive and encouraging manner, when I insist on writing about it all.

      I think writing about what you know and inventing things too should be in a balance, you don’t need to do one but not the other! Thank you so much for all your suggestions, I’m putting them on my list and will keep you posted!

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  6. Mara, if I had any idea of what to blog about, I’d be blogging myself. I got nothing for you. That said, I decided just last night that I was going to unlock my blog and force myself to write something. Anything. Thank you for bringing my attention to this WordPress course. I just signed myself up for it. πŸ™‚

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    1. This is wonderful news that you’ll be joining the challenge too! I found it by accident and it was exactly what I needed to get me back to blogging. I’m not saying that my posts are any good or anything – but I blog, which is the main idea. I look forward to seeing more of you!!

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      1. Don’t be silly, Mara. You don’t know how to write a post that isn’t good.

        BTW… I just published my first post in ages. It’s not an assignment post. It’s just my “I’m back post”. I’ll start the “course” tomorrow. Thanks for putting the idea in my head. I really needed something to give me some momentum.

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    1. Hello, Desley, great to see you! The course is self-served, if you want to take it, you enrol in it and you’ll start receiving your daily emails with prompts. I’m excited to see you jumping on the bandwagon!

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  7. Wow! Your call for inspiration garnered a very rich crop of responses. My humble contribution is just to say that I would like to read your thoughts on the history of the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia and how this has impacted you personally. I feel that you are drawn to Scottish writers because they draw on a rich but somewhat bitter history akin to that of your own nation. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

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    1. It is truly amazing how many suggestions I got, and many of them extremely original and inspiring! Now I have blogging material for months to come πŸ™‚ Thank you for your very own very specific suggestion: I’ll do that, sooner or later, and I’ll keep you posted!

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  8. This task just came up for me too and, lacking your laudable capacity for foresight, I am totally unprepared for it. Since you are one of the few bloggers I truly admire, I humbly ask you to send me a request. Your will is my command…

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    1. Oh my, thank you so much for the compliment, which I don’t deserve. I’ve been thinking about it and I’m not sure. Maybe write about something you love, or loathe, or something literary: maybe what makes ‘good’ literature, how literature matters – if it does, what do you want in a book…?

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      1. I am working on this much more interesting and challenging challenge than the ones that come in the form of prompts. “What makes ‘good’ literature?” with the word good between inverted commas is an irresistable prompt for me (principally because of the inverted commas). I am going to post something quite long about Shakespeare (yeah I know it’s kind of obvious but it’s something that’s been rattling around in my mind for some time now and not in an obvious way.) Would you mind if I cited your indirect prompt as an inspiration for this post?

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        1. You got me hooked! I look forward to what you come up with, based on my humble prompt. Of course you can mention me as a source of inspiration, though I wasn’t particularly inspiring. I just threw in some ideas, hoping you won’t hate them too much πŸ™‚

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