The men made turkey gumbo--and cleaned the kitchen. The girls cooked rice.
A good time was had by all, even the doggies.
The holiday season is upon us--daylight isn't the only thing in short supply: Time is golden. Time is calorie-free chocolate. You need to blog, but you must cook/Christmas shop/clean house/etc. What to do? Use your secret blog to build ideas for your real blog. A creative writing exercise can unlock your right brain--plus, you are exercising your gray matter. Bodybuilders exercise--why not bloggers?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Idea 1. Write in a viewpoint, or "voice" that is different from your natural voice:
A. Think of a character (or characters) and put him/her/it/them in an emotional situation--and compare it to a (literal) STORM. It could be the STORM of Christmas shopping, for example, or an argument or....?
B. Select a photograph:
C. Find music to inspire you (skip this one if you need silence).
Google "songs about storms." Or listen to Ella sing "Stormy Weather":
Maybe you're in the mood for Julie London's "Cry Me A River"
And for those who like alternative bands, here's Coldplay singing "Rainy Day"
D. Words starting with "L" and "D" are "tooth" words. They add an "edge" to a sentence--and help build a mood (behind the scenes).
Pick 5--or use your own):
Idea 3. "Free Write" about "Christmas Shopping" for one minute. Set your oven timer (or use an egg timer). Do not stop--write anything that pops into your mind. This is a "limbering" exercise. Tip: try this when you first wake up. Even before your morning coffee, write for one minute about anything. Your whole day will be different.
Have fun! If it's not fun, don't do it. And if you are too busy to exercise, drink eggnog with bourbon and then put your feet up on a coffee table and deal with it after the holidays.
Remember Gollum's Rule #52 :
A tired/overburdened blogger is an unhappy blogger--always be kind to yourself.