August is traditionally known as the ‘silly’ season because of the more light-hearted and off-beat news stories which often appear in the press during this time (August is typically a quiet time for news). Even though you may not be a journalist looking for something more frivolous to write about, there are, however, great opportunities for researching and writing about some of the bizarre and unusual ‘special’ days which happen throughout the year. Great for those of you who lack inspiration and just don’t know what to write about.
Some special days
You may not know, for instance that in August there is an International Left Handers Day and in September there is an International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
As I write this I should have been celebrating Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day but given that it is now a bit late to take my houseplants for a walk (they don’t like going out after dark) I think I will get out my Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee or my Stoessel-laute in preparation for Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day on Sunday 31st July (if you don’t believe me look them up).
I am already looking forward to Walking On Your Wild Side Day in April and Lumpy Rug Day in May. I have a couple of rugs with irritating kinks and so I can’t wait to smooth them out or perhaps even celebrate with a new rug (that is if I can last until then). And, to get your mouth watering, how about Sachertorte Day in December. This delicious and world-famous cake was created by an apprentice chef called Franz Sacher for the guests of the Austrian Chancellor Klemens von Metternich in 1832.
Now you may think this is all a bit silly but if you do a quick search on the internet you will find an abundance of light hearted and more serious ‘special’ days which will provide some great writing material.
If you want to get in some writing practice but don’t know what to write about you will never be short of ideas. For example, Pretend To Be a Time Traveller Day in December, could be a great source of ideas for an article or story. The idea is to pretend to be a time traveller (from the past or from the future) and imagine you are seeing everything in the present day for the first time (definitely some potential for articles or stories here).
Have some fun
There are a surprising number of websites about special and unusual days but take a look at daysoftheyear for starters (my main source for this blog). If you decide to take any of them seriously (and why not) you will not only have some fun but you will also never be short of ideas for articles and stories. So no more need for the excuse I don’t know what to write about.