Writing Ideas for Your Business are Everywhere

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Composition, Content, Featured, Small Business | 0 comments

When I say things like that, I can hear the crowd behind me murmuring with exasperation at such a comment. When faced with a blank page, many people just freeze. Well, let me tell you, so do writers. The difference is that writers are resourceful and know where to look for inspiration. You don’t need a muse per se, but you do need something to tip over the bucket so the words pour forth.

So, let’s get kicking some buckets. And I am going to share one little secret with you today.

First, a little tidbit. When you write a blog post or create posts to publish on social media, it helps to include a nice image with it. It could be funny or beautiful, but an image draws the eye – and the readers.

With that in mind, you will discover that this secret makes PERFECT SENSE.

Writing Inspiration Secret Tip: START WITH THE IMAGE

Images bring to mind all sorts of things – feelings, information, cautions, experiences, inspiration – and those are the things you write about and share with your fans, followers and readers.

Take this photo from superfamous.com for instance:


Now, at first glance it’s just a rock – a beautiful piece of nature – but, rocks.

To me, though, I see that tiny little patch of sunlight near the bottom with blue skies behind it. It makes me think about the fact that humans so often are overwhelmed and see the big, black ominous weight and let that overshadow what is one the other side – blue skies.

There is always a glimmer of hope and a patch of sunshine – we just have to find it and hold on to it. That’s what being an entrepreneur is like sometimes – and we have to find that patch of sunshine and push through to the blue skies – even when the weight of boulders is what we face.

Here’s another one from startupstockphotos.com:


Learning. It’s what we do at ABC Business. We make sure that our technicians learn everything they need to know to provide you with the best, cutting edge service you deserve. We want them to have the knowledge, skills and experience about our industry.



One more just so you see where I’m going with this. This one is from stocksnap.io:


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Do you see what I mean? Start with the image – any image that sparks a thought for your business – and you have the inspiration for the writing AND the image to include with the post.

Watch out for Copyright!

A word of caution, though. A VERY SERIOUS word:

You can’t just use any image you find on the Internet. You knew that, right? In fact, the majority (I use that loosely because it’s like an ominous toad) of images on line belong to large conglomerates and if you use their image without permission, you will get a nasty letter from their attorneys requesting payment. If you ignore them, THEY WILL SUE YOU. No doubt about it. You have to know where the images you use originate.

Luckily for you, me and everyone else, there are many free images on the Internet. Some require attribution – often under the Creative Commons Attribution. That means you have to give credit to the source, a link to the site and note if changes were made. You can do that as I did in the text, or create a comment line beneath it with the information and link.

The three sites I provided all have great galleries full of photo images. Just be sure if you use them to provide attribution. Even if they say you don’t have to, it’s a nice thing to do. After all, they are in the business of being creative and we are all in this together. Expand their business while they give you resources to expand yours.

Happy writing!




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