By Amanda Smyth Connor
When was the last time you wrote for fun? Seriously. When was the last time you put pen to paper/fingers to keyboard to write prose or a free-wheeling blog post or a dirty limerick just for fun?
You can’t work your fingers to the bone every day and not have any fun, you have to flex your creative muscles every once in awhile. In fact, don’t just flex them, let them rock some 5″ heels and encourage them to cut loose to some early Madonna! You’ve got to break out of the doldrums of writing once in awhile, for your own sanity.
Do you remember why you got into writing in the first place? Was it a love of poetry or was it a favorite author who inspired you? Was there a high school or college class that awakened your writing senses? Keep your writing fresh and exciting by writing in different formats as a “writing vacation.”
I invested in one of those small, silly “spark idea” books, whereby random ideas and images are listed with the expectation that you will be inspired by these snippets enough to write something wonderfully creative. My only issue with these ideas is that they are too vanilla to inspire any great creativity within my tilted mind. So instead, I offer you some “spark ideas” of my own.
1. Describe your version of how the zombie apocalypse will come to be and the role that you will play in said apocalypse.
2. Write a haiku about the last time you stepped in dog poop.
3. What’s the worst smell you have ever smelled? Describe using colorful analogies.
4. What’s your opinion of the “suggested serving size” of a standard package of Oreos?
5. What’s your favorite “bad 80’s song”? Let’s explore the song title. Hint: Start with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
6. Write a dirty limerick that incorporates the phrase “aluminum siding.”
7. Famous Quotes: “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” -Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What “spark ideas” get your juices flowing when you’ve hit a wall?
Amanda Smyth Connor is a social media manager for a major publishing company, owns her own wedding planning business, and has managed online communities and content development for many start-up and Fortune 500 companies. She has been a professional editor for more years than she can remember.