Chapter 17. Ten Tips for Jump-Starting Your Creativity
In This Chapter
Capturing ideas for future use
Reading newspapers, your own blog, and other blogs for inspiration
Surfing the Internet
Taking a break with a hobby, a game, Facebook, or a walk
Moving to new scenery
Even if you're passionate about your topic and usually have more ideas than you have time to write, a day will come when you can't get going; you're stalled, and the words just won't come. You need a jump-start.
Try one (or more) of the ten tips in this chapter to relax your mind so that you're ready to write. The first six may also help you come up with an idea for your post. These are just a sampling of the many things you can do to jump-start your creativity.
Capture Ideas in a Notebook
All you need is a small 3-x-5-inch notebook that you can carry wherever you go. Don't forget the pen. When you have an idea or observe something that interests you, jot it down. When you're at a loss for what to write, you can skim through your notebook for inspiration.
I also do this digitally with the social bookmarking site Delicious (
http://delicious.com). When I read something online that I think I might like to write about, I tag it with a special category. To save a bookmark at Delicious, follow these steps:
Sign up for an account at
Navigate to your bookmarks and then click the Save a New Bookmark link in the upper-right corner of the page, as shown in Figure 17-1.
Figure 17-1. Save a bookmark at Delicious.
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