Writing Prompt #1: What were you doing in 1985? If you were a kid watching cartoons, and you have a blog about politics, maybe you could write about the political structure of the Smurf society. If you are a veteran journalist, perhaps you can pull a story from that year and follow up on the people you interviewed. If you were born in 1985 or after, do a Google search for that year and write about whatever results come up from your own brilliant point of view.
Writing Prompt #2: Look outside your window or sit at a busy cafe and write what you see. Blogger Clayton Littlewood transcribed the dramatic antics of the colorful characters outside his shop window and landed himself a book deal.
Writing Prompt #3: Write about something you need to learn. The speed of the Internet has made it so that we have to learn something new on an almost daily basis. For example, this blog post was composed entirely on WordPress for iPhone and working out the bugs will be our next blog post, so stay tuned!
Writing Prompt #4: Answer someone’s question. Let’s say you’re an expert golfer and you teach a golfing class, but people in your social circles keep asking for free advice on their golf swings. Kill a couple of birds with one stone by writing a blog post that gives enough information to satisfy the inquiring minds, but holding out on some tips so that they might take the next step in signing up for your class (and if they don’t, at least they increased your blog traffic).
Writing Prompt #5: Visit your favorite news web site and respond to today’s top story. This is a no-brainer and the number-one prompt for the majority of blogs out there. Just be sure you have a unique point of view, otherwise you may get lost in the mix.
These prompts should get you going, and if they don’t, stay tuned for more writing prompts, right here on the Hostwire blog.
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