As many of you know the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July is up and running. If you haven’t already signed up for the challenge, I strongly suggest you go to the UBC website and get started! All you have to do is blog 31 times in 31 days. That’s it!
With this challenge comes a lot of support from other bloggers, and a daily prompt to help you generate some great content. There may be times that those prompts won’t fit you or your blog. And there may be days that you just can’t come up with anything on your own. What do you do then? Well, you could take a break for one or two days (no one is going to punish you!), or you could look for inspiration elsewhere…
If you choose to look elsewhere for your inspiration, may I suggest that you take a peek at the following 5 websites? I go to them all the time when I need that extra push, and I hope they can help you, too!
I love this site. It is jam-packed with inspirational articles, writing prompts, pictures, quotes, and links that will help get your creative juices flowing. My favorite thing is the 365 Pictures daily photo prompts. Each day there is a different picture (no repeats) followed by a few words of motivating text to inspire you.
One word is a great way to break writer’s block. Seriously! Each day one word appears in big, bold letters and you get one minute to sit down and write the first thing that comes to your mind. Don’t think about what you are going to write—just write. You don’t have to register, but I recommend it because you can save everything you’ve written and connect with other users.
Language is a Virus
If you’re into creative writing, this is a great place for you. It’s loaded with generators, prompts, and games to help cure your writer’s block and maybe help give you the nudge you need to finish the next great American novel. 🙂 Sure, it hasn’t helped me in my journey to finish the book I’ve been writing for 7 years, but I don’t think anything will. It has helped me with writer’s block on more than one occasion, though!
Unlike the first three sites, Shorpy isn’t a site geared toward writing prompts and generators—or writing period. It’s a blog chock full of old pictures for you to gawk at and comment on. The older the pictures are, the more inspired I become. I really love looking through everything posted on here and reading all the comments from people who have a lot of information about a photo’s history. If you’re ever stuck for something to write about…try wandering around Shorpy for a few minutes!
Mother Jones is what its website says it is. It is a “nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.” Mojo has inspired us lefties for well over three decades. If reporting about leftist politics is your cup of tea, have a look around their website if you need to be inspired about current events and politics. If Mother Jones isn’t your thing, then you can search for news stories just about anywhere. Most major newspapers are online now, and there are tons of blogs and vlogs that aim to get the news to people in one way or another.
Are there any special websites or tricks you use for inspiration on your blog? Please share with the class by leaving a comment below. I look forward to your feedback!
- 12 Tips To Help Overcome Writer’s Block (bloggingtips.com)
- What I finally learned about writing, through art. (jaimeskelton.wordpress.com)
- 20 Ways to Kill Your Writer’s Block Forever (lifehack.org)
- Photography: The Cure for Writer’s Block (writingstraight.com)