A dear friend and I happened to tweet back and forth about all the blog posts sitting in our drafts and I got to thinking the Drafts Folder is an elephant graveyard of good, but incomplete thoughts. She said she thought I'd have the most creative list of post ideas and I was flattered. Then I realized, I have a lot of posts sitting around wishing for completion that just aren't making the cut, but that would be beautiful from the minds of others. So, here's 22 food (it's ironic how many actually reference food) for thought prompts for you:
- What does your Instagram feed say about you?
- Use a bowl of spaghetti (and whatever toppings you fancy) as a metaphor for your life.
- Turn a song into a blog post: like this.
- Detail and celebrate comfort food for your soul.
(Think like Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul)
- Personalize and rewrite a poem to you and your life.
(I did this with this poem at my mom's recommendation and adored it.)
- Address a hot button topic with which you have personal experience.
- If you're marriage (or relationship) were a pizza or soup or calzone or sandwich, what would it look like? (more metaphor for you)
- Pick your favorite piece of furniture in your home and draw a lesson from it.
- How do you take your froyo? And how does this mirror your life? Or doesn't mirror your life?
- What hymn best celebrates your faith? And why? (Go deep here.)
- If you packed your favorite school lunch right now, what would it have in it? Realize the choices you make are memory laden and specific to you, share the importance of them.
- Write a letter to your high school boyfriend or best friend.
- Document your dinner from your dog or cat or tortoise's perspective.
- What are your fingerprint words or phrases? This one will take a bit of thought, but just wait until you realize what they are!
- Our relationships with our bodies are complex. Reflect on the things that make you feel powerful, strong, and appreciative of the way you are built.
- How do you take your eggs? And how do those connect to your life right now?
- Reflect on a time where circumstances were unfavorable, but so trasnformative for you.
- Step back and think about your life as it is right now. Write about your feelings in regards to your job, your relationships, your home, your body, your hopes, your disappointments.
- Pay tribute to your childhood by remembering a prominent figure in your life. What was their catch phrase? What was their smell? Where did you see them? What did you do together?
- Thank your most influential teacher in a letter.
- Write about your faith. What does your God look like? Is it a He or a She? Do you lean on mercy or love or grace the most? Or is it all equal? Where do you struggle? What are your strengths?
- Reflect on the group or stereotype you filled in the lunchroom at school and the way you loved the safety of that place OR desired to break out OR felt a whole different way.
Mostly these prompts hinge on the fact that you're writing in a moment and only a moment. That means that tomorrow the answer could look entirely different. It's our temporality that makes writing so beautiful. We're on a never ending journey rather than a definitive quest meaning everything will change.
Also I encourage you to get really obsessed with one thing. Writing about hope over the last (almost) month -yes I even wrote a bit on vacation- has really done some amazing things in my heart and my mind. Sometimes we need to ruminate on one thing for an extended period of time just for the practice of it. I know, it gets old and sort of tired, but just beyond that point is this lush beautiful set of ideas waiting for you to arrive. I hope you get to experience that one day.