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“I don’t know what to write about.”

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Edinburgh Castle. My potential future Scottish home.

What you’re looking at is where I’d be living if I had a dollar for every person who said this phrase to me:

“I don’t know what to write about.”

Maybe you can relate. You have probably always had the desire to write and maybe you’ve dabbled in writing over the years. But more often than you’d like to admit – you just have no idea what you’d like to write about. It feels overwhelming and so you just don’t do it. (It’s kind of like my laundry room.)

Breathe. I get it. I used to be you.

But I have a little secret to help get the words out of your head and onto paper. Besides, I really don’t want to live in a stone-cold castle in Edinburgh that badly, so I’m willing to share my secret that will change your writing block forever.


My secret writing tip

When you don’t know what to write about? Try this:

Don’t pick a topic. Pick a feeling and write about it.

Write about a time when you felt…

  • Surprised
  • Jealous
  • Curious
  • Lost
  • Silly
  • Excited
  • Annoyed

I’m not a psychic, but I bet even this little simple list created a few ideas that immediately jumped into your mind. Feelings are sneaky like that.

Gotcha! (Hmmm – maybe I do have ESP, after all.)


Listen. Emotions are ridiculously powerful and they are a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you’re alive to feel them and a curse because sometimes those feelings are soul-sucking.

But you’re a writer. So every feeling you’ve experienced is food and fuel for your writing. It warms everything up!

Which is important wherever you are.

Especially if you’re sitting in a 900-year-old Scottish castle freezing your ass off.


*Would you love to write? Then check out Scribbly – my gentle and whimsical writing program that we snail-mail right to your house. Scribbly writers from three countries have fallen in love with writing!

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