I didn’t make any resolutions for 2010, but I’ve set a goal of writing and submitting at least one story or article each month this year. That sounds attainable, and it’s a lot more than I submitted last year. I’ve already started thinking of ideas and decided I’d share some of the thought-provoking sites I found so that those of you who struggle for new topics to write about can benefit, too.
I’m fascinated by the variety of celebrations and observances there are to choose from every month. While I haven’t intentionally participated, according to one site I’ve been supporting National Oatmeal Month, Hot Tea Month, Fiber Focus Month, Soup Month, Get Organized Month, Eye Care Month, and Family Fit Lifestyle Month already this year. I’m looking forward to January 20, which is Penguin Awareness Day, and I may try to write a story with penguins for this month’s writing goal.
Though I’ll probably change my mind, I’m considering using the following observances for story ideas to meet my monthly goals:
January: Penguin Awareness Day, or Squirrel Appreciation Day
February: Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, or Wave Your Fingers Day
March: National Noodle Month
April: National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
May: Hug Your Cat Day, or Return of the Slugs Day (it’s on my birthday!)
June: National Older Americans Month, or Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
July: Dad and Daughter Take a Walk Day
August: National Lighthouse Day
September: Be Late for Something Day
October: Roller Skating Month
November: Native American Heritage Month, or Sandwich Day
December: National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
Here are some of the sites that generated story or article ideas for me:
http://www.emotionscards.com/locations.html Dates, Info, and Trivia
http://www.sldirectory.com/cal.html a guide to locating events
http://www.tipton-county.com/Health/National%20Observances.htm National Observances
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/equalopportunity/Training/DiversityObservances.htm Diversity observances
http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp Health related observances by month
Where do you look for new ideas to include in your writing? Do you actually participate in some of the less-known celebrations? If so, which ones do you think are worthy of recognizing?
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