Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”
Write a post in the style of (or simply inspired by) a favorite author.
Write a review of your life – or the life of someone close to you – as if it were a movie or a book.
Write a script for a late-night infomercial – where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?
Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why?
Who’s the most important person in your life – and how would your day-to-day existence be different without them?
Why did you start your writing? Is that still why you write, or has your writing gone in a different direction than you’d planned?
Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.
Write a letter to your mom. Tell her something you’ve always wanted to say, but haven’t been able to.
When you gaze out your window – real or figurative – do you see the forest first, or the trees?
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?
When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.
When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?
Which song most aptly describes your life?
Who do you love the most in this world? Why?
Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness – go silly or go deep, just go list-y.
What?s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
When faced with confrontation, do you head for the hills or walk straight in? Was there ever a time you wished you?d had the opposite reaction?
When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who?s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.
When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?
When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?
When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.
What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?
What’s your dream tourist destination – either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?
What’s your favorite part about visiting a new place – the food? The architecture? The people watching?
What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?
What’s the strangest place from which you’ve posted to your blog? When was the last time you were out and about, and suddenly thought, “I need to write about this!”?
What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?
What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?
What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make? Why?
What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever discovered about someone else? Did the truth come out?
What’s the one habit you’d change about yourself, if you could simply flick a switch and have it happen?
What?s the most dreadful (or wonderful) experience you’ve ever had as a customer?
What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?
What is your worst quality?
What makes a response great? What makes you “star” a Plinky response?
What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?
What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?
What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?
What is your greatest weakness?
What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)
What do you display on the walls of your home – photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?
What have you been putting off doing? Why?
We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel – blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
We all know someone who could use a pep talk – so write them one!
We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
We each have many types of love relationships – parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?
What activity, task, or game do you love most in the world? Why?
What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
Today, tell us about the most unconventional love in your life.
Turn to your co-workers, kids, Facebook friends, family – anyone who’s accessible – and ask them to suggest an article, an adjective, and a noun. There?s your post title! Now write.
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.
We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.
Three people walk into a bar . . .
The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post – it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see. Write it.