So, what are you going to write about today?

“Today, I am going to finally sit down and write my novel!”

Ian walked quietly down the street.

Thinking Medium

Blankly staring at the screen…
Now what?

Have you been there? What do you write next? You try to write something, so you type a little of this, then backspace, backspace, backspace. Then try it again. This leads to frustration and frustration is not very beneficial to good writing.

So how do you get the creative juices flowing? How long does it take you to write a 500-word article? Can you do it in an hour? A day? A week?

I have that problem too. What topic am I going to write about today? I’m sitting in my office in the basement of my house. Some days when I sit here, I can crank out 1000 words of text (with minor edits) in no time. Then there are days when I can’t write 10 words to save my life. Those are the days that I find myself fiddling around with Facebook or messing around with my website. We all have those day, but when I really want to get writing, there are two methods I use to get the thoughts flowing.

One method I use is to write on any subject that comes to mind. I start with a basic topic and start typing ideas, sentences, or single words that belong with that topic. Once I’m able to get a couple complete sentences out and they are logical and coherent, the rest of my thoughts seem to flow on to the paper. It’s kind of like a primer wheel that needs to get spinning to fuel the chamber. Once the chamber is primed, that is when the real magic begins.

Another method I use to generate ideas is called Mind Mapping. Mind mapping is a brain storming technique where you write down a central topic in the middle of a piece of paper. When an idea comes to you pertaining to that topic, you write it down. Then, draw a circle around the new idea and connect the two ideas with a line. Keep going in that fashion for 10 to 15 minutes. Write down all of the words you can think of that are associated with that topic. Before you know it, you will have a general idea of your topics and the sub-points you want to cover.

I used the mind mapping technique to write an article on aquarium fish for an online pet website. I knew I wanted to write about setting up an aquarium tank, but didn’t know where to begin. I did a quick mind map and in less than 10 minutes, I had the basic flow of the article and the topics I wanted to cover. I cranked out a 700-word article in about 90 minutes on a Saturday morning. I drank some coffee and typed a few words. It was an easy morning. You can find out more about the mind mapping process at

I hope one of these methods helps you in generating ideas for your next blog, article, or the next great American novel.

Don’t let indecision stop you.

You can do this!


Drop me a note and tell me what you do to overcome writer’s block?