Everyone experiences a little writer's block from time to time. Let this list of 16 food related writing prompts give you a little kick of inspiration to get back to writing great content!
When I was in my victory-lap year of high school, I took a class called The Writer’s Craft. It was the only class that I actually enjoyed that year, despite the fact that it was my first class of the day.
My teacher for The Writer’s Craft seemed to understand that most teens are not morning people, so she planned her lessons around that. Every morning we would shuffle into the classroom, sit down, and silently open our journals. We had the option of writing about whatever we wanted, or we could use the daily writing prompt that she gave us.
Finding Inspiration in Writing Prompts
I loved using the writing prompts, because they helped me write some amazing stories. I still have my journal from that class, a black hardcover notebook with silver wheels and planets, and I enjoy flipping through it from time to time.
Writing prompts can be a great way to kickstart your inspiration and help you create stories for your site too.
I know that recipes are great for driving traffic to your blog, but do you ever feel like you want to write about something else? If you’re at that stage (I know I am), but you’re not sure what to write about, try using these writing prompts to get you started.
I want to point out that you don’t have to create blog posts for all of these. Write your story in a word document or even your journal first and don't worry about SEO or whether it fits your blog. Write for the joy of writing to get the words flowing back on the page.
Once you get the story out, put it away for a few days and then reread it. Ask yourself if you can edit it to fit your blog's niche and if you can make it SEO friendly. If you can, then rewrite it specifically for your blog and publish it! If you can't make it work for SEO but you love the story this could be a perfect piece for your newsletter! (here's 25 email newsletter content ideas).
If not, just save it for later. You might be able to re-work it another day. It's always great to have a file or notebook full of ideas that can be reworked for those days where you need another jump start!
16 Food Related Writing Prompts:
- What’s your favourite cooking/food show right now? What draws you to that show?
- If you could eat dinner anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- Write down 10 of your favourite food words, and then make a sentence for each word. Turn each sentence into a blog post idea.
- What’s the most important tool/appliance/gadget in your kitchen?
- What food trend do you absolutely hate?
- What’s one ingredient that you’ve seen in the grocery store, but have been too scared to purchase?
- What is your most memorable meal?
- What’s the first dish that you cooked on your own? Was it good?
- Are there any ingredients or products that you refuse to spend money on?
- How do you feel about the word “foodie”?
- Write down any vegetables or fruits that you absolutely hate. Then try to come up with ways to cook those ingredients that might encourage you to eat them.
- If the Internet disappeared tomorrow, how would you continue to share your love of food?
- Write about your food philosophy. Do you follow a certain diet? Do you limit any foods in your diet?
- Write about your favourite/strongest food memory.
- If you could only keep one cookbook, which one would it be?
- Cupcakes. Yay or nay?
Hopefully, these ideas will help you beat writer's block and inspire some new posts.
Don't Forget Seasonal Food Writing Prompts
Another way to come up with inspiration for new content for your food blog is to think about seasonal content ideas. Divide your editorial plan for the year into quarters or seasons and think about what's in season, what people do in each season (i.e. are they entertaining, getting ready for school to start, or figuring out where to go on vacation?) and how you can help them!
We have some great seasonal writing prompts and tips for you:
- 9 Spring Content Ideas for Food Bloggers
- 65+ Summer Content Ideas for Food Bloggers
- The Ultimate Guide to Prep Your Food Blog For Fall and Winter
If you're looking for more thoughts on what food bloggers should write about, I definitely recommend that you read this article by Pinch of Yum. That blog is really successful for a reason, and there's a lot that you can learn from this article.
If you’re looking for writing prompts that aren’t just about food, you should check out this article from The Sits Girls. It’s full of great topic ideas!
Can you add to this list? If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below!
16 Writing Prompts for Food Bloggers was written by Shareba Abdul. Shareba is a food blogger and freelance writer from Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies, a Diploma in Journalism, and has a passion for writing, photography, and blogging. You can check out her yummy discoveries at InSearchOfYummyness.com or connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.