Writing with a Pick

What do you write about when you have absolutely nothing to say? If you blog or write a regular column somewhere you will eventually hit a dry spot. Maybe you’re just not having a very good day. Maybe you’re just not in the mood to write. Maybe your idea file fell off the fish tank and got too wet to read. So many things can happen.

I’ve been there, a few times. With a personal blog you can just say “bite me” and leave it unspoken for that day, that week even. But, if you’re expected to write something on schedule you have to come up with something.

I think the worst I did (so far) was write about being a nose picker and the other one I wrote about having after the shower hair picking. Neither is a pretty picture. But, I wrote them. Both got feedback, from others who have been in those picky situations. Some were just surprised that I’d write about THAT! So, I did get a laugh out of shocking or at least surprising people.

I think a writer should keep a stockpile of ideas. But also a secondary stockpile for those times when you don’t feel like writing, but have to. Maybe you won’t have to resort to writing about nose picking. Or, maybe you will choose that over something even worse.

Good luck.

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