Please Be Prompt

I have a secret. I am not as creative as I pretend to be. My mind works in a very peculiar way and while I often have original ideas, I struggle quite a bit with developing  and connecting them to create something.
I spent a lot of time learning this about myself. It was really hard to come to term with at the beginning. I had always thought of creativity as one of my defining characteristics. But if I was so creative, then how come I couldn’t finish my book? How could I have been a fabulous (and oh, so humble) writer in school but such a terrible blogger? It wasn’t easy to reconcile, but I knew I had to get to the bottom of it. Not writing was making me miserable.
The overarching theme of my 2018 resolutions was sapping misery from my life in any aspect where it existed, so I dove headfirst back into the blogosphere. I managed to write two posts in a week, and rewarded myself by purchasing my domain name. #superseriousblogger
And then, as I always do, I hit another wall. I tried writing good content. Really, I did. I have like, sixteen abandoned drafts going right now. But nothing was coming together the way that I wanted it to.

Well, enter Ali. Ali (or as her close friends call her, Bowerbird, By Ali), is the singular best person I met in my 20s. She and I have an awful lot in common, including a big ol’ soft spot for the written word. Ali, however, is far more creative and motivated than I am.
On more than one occasion, she has reached out in an attempt to get me to be her blog buddy (like a gym buddy, but like, without the sweat) and I always agree in the way you agree to catch up with an old friend that you bumped into at the grocery store “Oh my goodness, yes! We simply have to get together sometime!” You sincerely would love to, but you low-key know it probably ain’t happening. No malice, just realism, amirite?
In Ali’s latest effort to establish a symbiotic, mutual accountability type relationship, she struck gold. Writing prompts: the difference between starting from scratch and having some good bones to work with.

We had abstractly discussed it a bit on the night of my birthday, but we were both drinking gin, and I had sort of forgot the conversation had transpired until she texted me the following Monday to suggest that we try to find a list of prompts and work from it together. After searching for some time, it became clear that it would be harder to find the perfect list than we had anticipated. Well, what if we were to come up with our own list? It took some blood, sweat, tears, and ignoring my kids, but by that selfsame night, when we combined our lists, we had managed to scrape up 115 Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers. Apparently, that’s almost a year’s worth of two-a-week posts ( I mean, I didn’t do the math but Ali seems the trustworthy sort).
Boom. Writer’s block: solved.

Well, without further ado, here are our 115 moderately interesting topics for the lifestyle blogger:

  • Recent purchase review
  • A day in snapshots/a day in the life with pictures
  • Try and review a current trend
  • Create and share a playlist for any occasion
  • Book review
  • Five polyvore outfits
  • 10 Gifts for a _________ fan
  • Try three different mascaras and review
  • Share your skill (tips)
  • Letter to teenage self
  • Go-to weeknight dinner recipe
  • Test and review cheap wines
  • A few favorite apps
  • Who you follow on Instagram
  • Tips for the recently engaged
  • Ikea Rast styling
  • Movie Review
  • Experience with religion (or lack thereof)
  • Live blog a TV event
  • Go screen free for an entire day (or as much as reasonably possible) and then blog about it
  • Rank season finales of Game of Thrones
  • Girls Night Out ideas
  • Spend a week learning a language you’ve never spoken before
  • The five worst kinds of facebook posts
  • Tried and true hacks (beauty, organizational, etc)
  • Your Meyers Briggs type and what you believe about it
  • 10 great books for [age group]
  • Great couples/group Halloween costumes
  • Review a “classic” book that you never read
  • TBT old facebook statuses/tweets/pictures/etc that are mildly embarrassing
  • Dream vacation (with real research)
  • X Amount of things that [profession] would like you to know
  • Letter to a bully from school
  • Album review
  • Learn about a badass woman who is not well known and write a report
  • Raid Your Closet post with pictures
  • The best and worst thing that happened this week
  • Create an Instagram challenge
  • Five websites that you spend the most time on
  • Write a poem
  • Unwinding routine
  • Funny twitter/tumblr post listicle
  • Pop Culture rant about something you don’t get
  • Spring Cleaning tips
  • Fun party games (no board required)
  • Least favorite character from a beloved show/movie/book
  • Vegan/vegetarian for a week
  • Try something new beauty-wise
  • Stuff you’re still hanging onto for nostalgia’s sake
  • Stocking stuffer ideas
  • First time customer review for a local business
  • 10 most attractive celebrities
  • Opinion on a controversial topic
  • Try to learn a new skill and document it
  • Favorite local business
  • Ten things you do when you’re alone
  • Holiday traditions in your family/important family traditions
  • Getting started in your hobby
  • Story of why you started blogging and meaning behind your name
  • Ten things about me
  • Travel bucket list
  • Favorite holiday and why
  • Me time/self care activities
  • Pics & writeup from a trip
  • Favorite piece of clothing
  • Tour of your bookshelf
  • Ten things I’m grateful for right now
  • Animated tv or movie characters you had a crush on
  • Introduce your family/what family means
  • Favorite spot in the house & why
  • Something you once hated and now like
  • Book you read as a teen that you still think about
  • Get your tarot read and write about it, even if you’re a huge skeptic
  • A bad habit you want to break this year
  • What you wish someone had told you before your wedding/planning your wedding
  • Describe a dream in full detail
  • Where do you see yourself in five years
  • Favorite bar/restaurant/coffee shop
  • DIY fail/diy mistakes
  • Favorite board game
  • What do you do when you host a gathering?
  • Favorite seasonal date
  • Favorite beauty product & why
  • Getting inspired when you’re in a rut
  • Products you swear by (any genre)
  • Favorite dessert plus recipe (or link to a recipe)
  • Favorite things about spring
  • Favorite things about summer
  • Favorite things about fall
  • Favorite things about winter
  • A regret
  • Have someone do a guest post
  • Do a 30 day challenge
  • Long term project you’re working on
  • Health PSA
  • Behind the scenes of your blog
  • Post about your take on the state of your current industry (blogging/parenting/writing; cooking/blogging/writing)
  • Tattoo story/tattoos you want to get
  • Create and share blogging mood board (or writing mood board for a specific writing project)
  • Freebie: we get to blog about this challenge that we’re doing
  • Late 20s vs Early 20s
  • Cocktail recipe
  • Holiday stress
  • Gift selecting process (not like things to buy but how you decide what to buy)
  • Share experiences/tips/reflect on current position
  • Relationship advice
  • Hardest thing you and SO went through together and how your relationship seemed stronger after
  • Mood playlist
  • Stress relief/dealing with stress/leaving stress behind
  • Bringing yourself out of a funk
  • Ways to bond with your SO
  • A car related memory
  • A sports (playing or watching) memory
  • Something from a long time ago that still pisses you off but isn’t that serious and you should probably let it go
  • Weird perfumes that you’d buy if they existed (like unusual smells that you love)

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