I was asked the other day if I plan ahead for my blog posts. Most of the time the answer is yes. Other times, I sort of waffle and struggle to find the subject.
Planning should be a part of any writer’s process. You need to know what direction you need to go with a plot in story, an outline in nonfiction, and lo, even blogging. More importantly, you should consider what you hope to accomplish once you get there.
I stockpile all sorts of ideas, inspirations, and topics to provoke even more ideas. These can be photos, videos, posts from other blogs, quotes, news, or just about anything that I find along my travels.
Other ideas, I find along the way and in the oddest places. Generally when I’m driving, going to sleep, taking a shower, and other times where I don’t have a pen or my handy dandy IPhone to jot down the idea before it flutter away to oblivion. Dang it.
Sometimes I will do an odd motion or speak out loud, in a very loud, commanding voice, the idea, and hope I’ll remember it later.
I also reflect on what I’d like to see in a blog for writers. This is why I avoid my mundane life, I suppose. I’m told by my writer friends that I’m entertaining, even with the mundane, but there are times I sort of babble.
Planning ahead relieves a lot of pressure but also shows how much a blogger can write on a theme. With a little thought, luck, and a bit of prayer, you can find oodles of topics to write about.
Prompt for Friday:
Consider the picture and freewrite ideas for titles, characters, emotion, scenes, and even places for ten minutes.