Welcome back to part 2 of Ignite Your Writing – a mini class on taking your writing to the next level! Yesterday, I shared Part 1 of Ignite Your Writing, in which I made-up a sample story and 5 ways to take the story from boring to entertaining. Today, I’m going to show you 5 more!
Let me quickly share the sample story again in case you missed yesterday’s post.
I stayed up too late last night watching Toddlers and Tiaras. When I woke up this morning, I decided to make a green smoothie before getting my kids ready for the day. It was delicious! Little Kate woke up first. I put her in front of Dora the Explorer while I finished my breakfast, then I went upstairs to go get Baby Johnny. My 7 year-old, Noah, was on his way downstairs. Little Kate started yelling because Dora was over. I quickly got baby Johnny and went to the kitchen to find – yup, you guessed it. Noah had spilled the orange juice I had left for him – all over the floor! Sigh.
After getting everybody cleaned up and dressed, we all piled in the minivan to take Noah to his Saturday morning soccer game. Gee, I wish I didn’t have to drive a minivan anymore! Anyway, Noah scored a goal at the soccer game and we were so excited that he got the game ball. I missed the goal because I was on snack duty, darn it! Unfortunately, he cried the whole way home because they lost the game 4-3. His dad and I explained that he would lose games sometimes, and encouraged Noah to be happy that he scored a goal! To celebrate, we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch. They earned so many tickets playing video games, but had a hard time choosing from all the prizes at the prize booth.
It was a fun time. We got back into the car and headed home. Halfway home, little Kate said her tummy hurt and before I could turn around to ask her what was wrong, she had puked all over the minivan. What a day!!!
Now let’s get to ripping that snoozer of a story apart and create better posts out of it.
Write A Letter Post
One of the best ways to change up a blah story is to write a letter! Remember, the letter doesn’t HAVE to be from your perspective. Our sample story could be changed up by having the oldest child write a letter to his mom about how the day went. For a humorous twist, maybe the author’s mother in law could write a letter back to her on all of her parenting fails that day.
Examples of Letter Posts
Write A Minute By Minute Account
This sounds like I’m telling you to write a story exactly like the sample above. Not exactly, though. A minute by minute post details the funny or sad events of a day in a bulleted format, each beginning with the exact time it took place. This has to be edited carefully, because if it’s not well, it can come off long and boring. Keep the entries short and sweet and try to only include items that are truly necessary.
Example of A Minute by Minute Post
Write A Post That Incorporates Celebrities
Everybody loves to dish about celebs. These posts can also get you great SEO traffic because celebrities are frequently searched in Google. More often than not, the most successful of these posts poke fun at the celebrity or compare the celebrity to a person in the author’s real life.
Examples of Celebrity Posts
Write About A Timely Topic or Current Events
Keeping abreast of what people are talking about today can make for a great post tomorrow. Whether it’s a political issue, a Twitter trending topic or who got booted off of American Idol, these posts usually tend to garner a lot of comments and sharing.
Examples of Current Events Posts
Do A Sendup or Parody Post
It’s super fun to take the format of your blog post and turn it into a parody a famous song, poem, children’s book or movie plot. They are lively and really entertaining to read. I’ve seen parodies of Dr. Seuss books, television shows, and more used very effectively. If you find yourself repeating a phrase from a song or movie over and over throughout a particular day, use that as inspiration.
Example of A Parody Post
That’s it – my ten ways to ignite your writing. Which have you not tried yet in your own writing? Do you have others that are effective? Come back tomorrow. I’ll be talking about ways to come up with ideas for blog post topics when your tank seems empty!