Doesn't it? Since this blog is ostensibly about its freelance writing tag, let's talk about some ways out of it and into article ideas in a pinch. My usual desperate measures include writing prompts. Here are some that I have checked out and determined to be not as corny and mind-numbing as most 1. An example, "Set yourself the task of writing in a way you've never written before, no matter who you are." This is one of the easier prompts from a very challenging group of prompts called "Creative Writing Exercise Prompts: Writing Prompts". 2. Here's one, "In 300 words write about a day, week, life of an old wedding dress..." Check out the other 328 prompts at 3. The granddaddy genie in the bottle at Writer's Digest. Example is the proverbial "You've been hired as a writer for "Late Show with David Letterman." Your first assignment is to come up with a witty, nonpolitical Top Ten list for him to read on air. Challenge, from Ms.Refusenik, do it in less than 15 minutes and use the word "cheese". Okay, enough of that. Other article mental church-keys, as we used to call them in greaser-town where I grew up: Google Trends, Google Zeitgeist 2007 (soon 2008), AOL trends and AOL trends blog, Digg, I'd write Delicious but I don't have the patience for all that upper and lower case nonsense. You get the idea. Twitter. All those social networking places including Gather. You can forget MyLot where the IQ seems to be "Big Butts or Not?" questions. Sign up for more Reader RSS subscriptions. Read obituaries. I thank the wonderful writer at Escape Grace blog for turning me on to the obit that will join many other fine obits in my files. Read it here if you didn't read it there. She challenges readers to find a better obit. I've got better ones believe it or not, but I've got ADD and the challenge is to find the goddamn file. I just looked. It's sorta hopeless given my brain.

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