Do you still hear your mother’s “Choo-Choo” echoing in your head? Do you vividly remember her as “The Little Engine That Could”, chugging along playfully, trying to nonchalantly drive a forkful of spinach into your tunnel mouth?
I do. I also remember that it worked… well, most of the time.
Why? Because pretending is fun and playing games is much more enjoyable than work (or spinach).
What’s the lesson here? When you’re stuck and don’t know what to write, or you feel like you work way too much, then maybe it’s time to let loose and have some fun! So let’s PLAY!
- …you are a rock star and can only deliver your niche message in lyrics. Record yourself singing your impromptu song(s) and write down the lyrics later. Even though it’s silly, this exercise will open your imagination and give you a fresh perspective on things.
- …that your spouse is away on business and needs to explain to coworkers what it is you do. Since your job rocks, you want to share your story and wallow in your success. Write an email that explains what you do and how you got there. Afterward, break this up into tips and strategies. You may pull 4-5 articles out of just one idea.
- …you are your own personal secretary. Call yourself and leave notes about what you would need to discuss in the next 24 hours. Go home later and listen to it. Then start writing!
- …you are writing a executive summary explaining one aspect of your niche for the President of United States. It’s due in an hour and you don’t have any IDEA what to write. Go!
- …you’re an Olympic speed writer who wants to stay ahead of the competition. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you PUSH every once in awhile to break your own records.
- …you’re an advice columnist for a magazine in your area of expertise. Have a friend generate a variety of questions a novice would ask and then answer these questions in your “column”.
- …you are the world’s expert in your niche and will be appearing at a HUGE seminar as the Keynote Speaker. What will you say?
Often our creativity is dampened by the mere fact that we’re adults. Tap into your inner child and let your imagination run wild. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you discover!
Do you have other ideas for article-generating pretend? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear them!