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How to use Morning Pages to Brainstorm Content Ideas

I love to use my Morning Pages to brainstorm ideas. Any ideas, really. But I’ve been using it lately to come up with blog topics.

Instead of sitting at my computer, willing the cursor to move, I can start off something like this:

“What the heck should I write about? I’m drawing a blank. It’s all been said. I have nothing to add. What’s the point?

(Morning Pages can go dark quickly. Stay with it.)

“Why not write about using Morning Pages to come up with blog ideas? BRILLIANT!”

Okay, that was probably too easy. It’s not always that immediate. Here is a screenshot of my morning pages a couple weeks ago:

Maybe I can brainstorm an idea for my next blog topic here. 
How to Stop Writing What You THINK Your Audience Wants to Hear 
How to Write to Your Audience About What they REALLY Want to Hear. 
Gosh. So boring. 
Stop Boring your Audience and Give them What they Want (without staring at 
your cursor for hours trying to come up with something to write) 
That's better.

So far, every time I use Morning Pages to argue with myself about what topic I should write about, I come up with a great idea that more or less slips out onto the page.

But sit me down to stare at the cursor and come up with an idea? Forget it. That just doesn’t work for me.

If you haven’t started a Morning Pages practice yet, Google it, and try it. It’s a fantastic way to “get the cobwebs out.” It’s technically done first thing in the morning, but if you have kids, that may not be possible. *raises hand* Just do it whenever. I do it first thing when I sit down to work.

(Oh, I just had another blog topic idea: Morning Routines for Parents, in which I write about the fact that there really is no such thing. See how brainstorming works? It’s a snowball effect.)

Morning Pages works so well because there is zero expectation about what comes out of it. The mindset you have during Morning Pages is very low-bar, which is a GOOD thing in this case.

Try it out. See for yourself.

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