Seven Steps to Losing Your Mind

“The greatest danger, that of losing one’s own self, may pass off quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, that of an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed.”
Soren Kierkegaard

OK I don’t have seven steps to losing your mind but it caught your attention didn’t it? And I could start a quick list. 1. Work for yourself 2. Go back to college late in life 3. Work with your spouse….you get the idea.

The way bloggers get attention on the Internet is to write titles that people are drawn to and that’s why 10 Ways to Get Fit Fast, 7 Steps to Buying a House and from the cover of my Women’s Health magazine 18 Flat-Belly Foods and Get Back in Shape in 7 Days sell their product. That’s also why the most popular self-help books use this “Change Your Life in 30 Days” approach. We want results fast in everything we do.

Inspired by The Writer’s Idea Book today’s prompt is to write a short story or poem using this method. Brainstorm on your title first, it might be interesting if you looked at the titles of popular women’s magazines. They seem to use this technique the most or do a search for 10 ways and see what you come up with. Then using the title write your poem or short story. It worked for Paul Simon. Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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2 Replies to “Seven Steps to Losing Your Mind”

  1. Ha! You totallt reeled me with that one. It's crazy when you think about it. Why should anyone want to read a "How-to post" on losing your mind? But I bet I wasn't the first person intrigued.

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