What to do when you don’t know what to write about

Writing in a piece requires a lot of creativity, and it’s best to have a solid plan.

But it also requires a sense of direction.

That’s where the writing process steps come in.

In a new column for The Washington Times, editor Rebecca Traister outlines the steps to get you started.


Create a “story” Write a short paragraph, about two to three sentences, with a title.

For this post, we’re going to call it “A story about food.”

Let’s get a few ideas out of the way first: Your story should be about something important, something fun, and something that’s worth sharing.

The article should have an important subject and a fun twist.

We’re going with food, so we’ll call it the “Food and a Fork.”

In the next few steps, Traister offers a few suggestions for writing your story.

Here’s the list: Find out about the subject You should be able to write your story in three to four sentences.

(This is a little more work than you think.)

Be clear about the story’s topic and purpose The article’s primary purpose should be to help you understand the topic you’re writing about.

Don’t be afraid to use the word “is” or “isn’t.”

“A” is the primary verb in your story, and you should use it as the primary word.

You should also use a descriptive word, like “this food.”

You can use a few different nouns, like, “food” or, “a fork.”

For instance, you might write, “A fork and a plate.”

You should never use an adjective, which is a synonym for “food.”

You’ll need to add some personal touches like, for instance, “I love food.”

If you use an expletive, it should be in quotation marks, and in most cases, you should put a dash between the words.

(If you use too many exclamation marks, the reader can easily guess what you’re talking about.)

Don’t go too far into the story, unless you have to.

“A few more sentences,” Traister says, “and you’ll have something that will be useful to you, and maybe it’ll get you to write that piece that you’re about to write.”


Prepare a script, outline, and grammar Once you’ve drafted your story and a short piece of text, Traisters suggests the steps for writing the rest of the article.

In the process of writing, Trais points out that writing is not the same as writing.

It’s all about structure.

You’re going through a process of “building up,” or creating an outline of what your story is about.

“It’s the process that leads to your writing,” she says.

Here are some general rules: Don’t just start with the story.

Use your first sentence to outline what the article is about, but also what the story will be about.

In particular, Traits says, write down the topic of your story so that you can go into the next section and add context.

Traits also suggests a few tips for writing about food, like avoiding “inappropriate food terms” and not saying, “It tastes good.”

This is because you don,t want your readers to think, “Oh, my God, I just got to get the best piece of food ever!”

You can also write in a similar vein to how you would describe a restaurant, or the person who owns a restaurant.

Instead of, “The restaurant is the best place to get an entrĂ©e,” write, instead, “This restaurant is where the best entrees are served.”


Prepare the story and script to write the story In Trais’s piece, she describes the steps you can take to write a story.

“Write your story with a story idea in mind,” she writes.

“Once you’ve written your story idea, it’s time to craft a script.”

This means you need to write down all the words and phrases that you want to say.

You can then add sentences, and Trais suggests you write these sentences in a single paragraph.

She also says you should start with a main subject.

For instance: “I went to the restaurant to get a fork and to make myself some good food.”

“The first step was to learn that fork and fork makes me feel good.”

“I felt that I had to go somewhere else and eat food.”

She suggests you should write down each word, but then add the last few words in a sentence.

“When I got home, I was disappointed that I hadn’t gotten a good meal.”

Trais also suggests adding some “in-jokes” that you think the reader might find funny, such as, “You’re a fork.”

The final piece of writing is the final draft, or outline.

Trais writes that a good outline “helps you visualize how

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