One of the exercises that I like to recommend that people do regularly is the post it note exercise.
This exercise is effective for a number of situations. You could use it to brainstorm ideas for a blog, for a book, for a series of videos…..the possibilities are really endless.
Here’s how you do it.
Sit down with a sharpie and a stack of post it’s. Write on each post it a separate idea, like a prompt or a story starter. For example, when I am working on blog topics my post it’s might say “Martyr Mom Myth”,”Personal Responsibility”, “Anger in Children”,”Self Care As Selfless” and so on. I write ideas until they stop coming. You could set a timer for yourself if you feel like you need to stretch yourself to get more ideas, or just do it freely. It’s up to you.
Next, I take the post it’s and I organize them into topics areas, gathering ideas that are related together. I stash my topics in file folders, but you could do this many different ways. If you have your own office, you could stick them to a wall, or a piece of Bristol board. Again, completely up to you.
I do this exercise regularly because it helps me to keep my writing time productive. When I write my dailies, if I don’t have a topic in mind to write on that day, I go to my folders and pull an idea. That is where I will start for the day.
I find that people will put off writing that blog, or the book that they know is in them because they can’t see how it all fits together. Writing isn’t like that. Writing is often like a darkened staircase where you can’t see further ahead of you than the step right in front of you. Your job as a writer isn’t to know each step before you climb, your job is to climb. (I have a funny feeling that sentiment doesn’t belong to me, but no source is coming to mind. If you know it, please let me know and I will attribute proper credit for genius as it is due.)
I want to hear from you! Let me know how this exercise worked for you, or if you tweaked anything that worked better. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out on Facebook or Instagram, I read every message.
Happy Writing ❤