Monday, October 31, 2016

The Scariest Thing for a Writer is Running Out of Ideas

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For me, one of the scariest things of being a writer is when I’m out of ideas. Today’s post should take care of that—at least for November!

Are you looking for a unique article idea to pitch to a magazine? What about a different blog post or a social media update that gets everyone's attention? Today may be just what you're looking for—it’s time again for Calendar Days. These aren't just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity and a fun writing prompt idea. 

In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date or if you can personalize them to someone you know. Here are some that stood out to me this month: 
  • November 8 is Dunce Day and our National Election Day…just sayin’.
  • November 17 is Unfriend Day and Take a Hike Day.
  • November 20 is National Absurdity Day and Guinness World Record Day (have you read some of the world records people set?).
  • November 25 is Black Friday, Shopping Reminder Day, and Buy Nothing Day.
There are also quite a few writing & reading holidays:
November is:
  • NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
  • National Life Writing Month
  • Family Stories Month
  • National Family Literacy Month
  • Week 2, Dear Santa Letter Week
  • Week 2, National Young Readers Week
  • Week 3, National Book Awareness Week
  • Week 4, National Bible Week
  • November 1, National Authors Day
  • November 1, National Family Literacy Day
  • November 4, Fountain Pen Day
  • November 8, Young Readers Day
  • November 12, National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • November 15, I Love to Write Day
November Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

November is:
National Novel Writing Month
National Life Writing Month
Family Stories Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Inspirational Role Models Month
Military Family Appreciation Month
Aviation History Month
National Diabetes Month
International Drum (Percussion) Month
Child Safety Protection Month
National Railroad Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Cancer Awareness Month
National Native American Heritage Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
World Vegan Month
National Gratitude Month
National Home Care & Hospice Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
National Pepper Month
National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month
National Pomegranate Month
National Adoption Month
National COPD Month
Manatee Awareness Month
National Fun with Fondue Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Sherlock Holmes Weekend (Nov. 1-3)
Chemistry Week
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
National Patient Accessibility Week
Health Information & Technology Week
National Fig Week

Week 2:
Dear Santa Letter Week
National Young Readers Week
World Kindness Week
Geography Awareness Week
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
Pursuit of Happiness Week

Week 3:
American Education Week
National Farm-City Week
Better Conversation Week
National Book Awareness Week

Week 4:
National Bible Week
National Family Week
National Game & Puzzle Week

Daily Celebrations
November 1
All Saint’s Day
National Authors’ Day
National Vinegar Day
National Brush Day
National Family Literacy Day
National Go Cook for Your Pets Day
National Calzone Day
Extra Mile Day
World Vegan Day

November 2
All Soul’s Day
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Look for Circles Day
Traffic Directors Day
National Deviled Egg Day

November 3
National Men Make Dinner Day
National Housewife’s Day
National Sandwich Day
Jellyfish Day
Cliché Day
International Project Management Day

November 4
National Chicken Lady Day
Fountain Pen Day
King Tut Day
National Stress Awareness Day
National Candy Day
Use Your Common Sense Day
Love Your Lawyer Day

November 5
National Doughnut Day
Guy Fawkes Day
National Love Your Red Hair Day
Gunpowder Day

November 6
Marooned Without a Compass Day
National Nachos Day
Saxophone Day
Orphan Sunday
Zero Tasking Day

November 7
Job Action Day
Color the World Orange Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Hug a Bear Day

November 8
X-ray Day
National Parents as Teachers Day
Dunce Day
US General Election Day
National STEM/STEAM Day
National Cappuccino Day
Young Readers Day
Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day

November 9
World Freedom Day
National Scrapple Day
Chaos Never Dies Day

November 10
Marine Corps Birthday
National Vanilla Cupcake Day
Sesame Street Day
National Forget-Me-Not Day
Area Code Day

November 11
Veterans Day
Origami Day
National Sundae Day
Pocky Day

November 12
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
World Quality Day
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Caregiver Appreciation Day
World Kindness Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
International Tongue Twister Day

November 14
National Pickle Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
World Orphans Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
Loose Up, Lighten Up Day
World Diabetes Day

November 15
I Love to Write Day
Entrepreneurs Day
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
America Recycles Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day

November 16
National Educational Support Professionals Day
Have a Party with Your Bear Day
National Button Day
National Fast Food Day

November 17
Social Enterprise Day
National Baklava Day
Unfriend Day
Use Less Stuff Day
Great American Smokeout
National Take a Hike Day
World Prematurity Day
Petroleum Day
Homemade Bread Day

November 18
Mickey Mouse Day
Housing Day

November 19
International Mens Day
National Adoption Day
National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
National Play Monopoly Day
Have a Bad Day, Day
World Toilet Day

November 20
National Absurdity Day
Beautiful Day
Guinness World Record Day
Name Your PC Day
African Industrialization Day
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Universal Childrens Day

November 21
National Stuffing Day
World Hello Day
World Television Day
False Confession Day

November 22
National Cranberry Relish Day
Go for a Ride Day

November 23
Fibonacci Day
National Jukebox Day
National Espresso Day
National Eat a Cranberry Day
National Cashew Day

November 24
Thanksgiving Day
Turkey-free Thanksgiving
All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
National Day of Mourning
National Sardines Day

November 25
National Native American Heritage Day
Your Welcomegiving Day
Systems Engineer Day
Black Friday
National Day of Listening
Blasé Day
Flossing Day
Buy Nothing Day
Maize Day
National Parfait Day
Shopping Reminder Day

November 26
Small Business Saturday (US)
National Cake Day

November 27
Advent begins
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
National Craft Jerky Day
Pins and Needles Day

November 28
Make Your Own Head Day
Cyber Monday
Red Planet Day
National French Toast Day

November 29
Square Dancing Day
Electronic Greetings Day
National Day of Giving – also called, Giving Tuesday

November 30
National Mousse Day
Computer Security Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for next month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Don't forget to join the conversation!


Need a unique article or #blog post? Calendar Days is the answer - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet) 


  1. There is a lot going on the whole of Novemeber which is amazing, I can pic which one's I can participate in. I wanted to ask is there a poetry writing month? Something like the National Novel Writing Month.

    1. Shuko, a poetry writing month would be a great idea! There is a month designated as National Poetry month (April) but there's been no push for people to celebrate it like NaNoWriMo. Blessings, E

  2. Edie, Thank you for your diligence in posting these monthly. I love them.

    1. what Cherrilynn ^^^ said!!! This is a great list and resource every month!

    2. Cherrilynn and Robin, thank you both. I sometimes worry that it becomes boring. It's good to know it's helpful! Blessings, E

  3. Some of them were unfamiliar. Yes, I know I live in the South, but National Scrapple Day???

    1. Hi Angie! I'm a recent transplant to PA from the Midwest and we were introduced to scrapple 4 years ago. Take all the remnants from butchering the hog, add cornmeal and seasoning then boil it for a while. Let it set in a loaf pan, slice it and fry it up in a pan. Add your favorite topping(many use syrup) and there you have it! I can't stand the stuff but my hubby likes it. Go figure!

    2. Angie and Vicki, I'm with both of you, Scrapple isn't something I'll ever try! When I first saw the holiday, I thought someone had misspelled Scrabble! LOL! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

  4. I look forward to this list every month! Thanks!

  5. Edie, thanks once again for sending these out each month. Happy anniversary! Our First Draft Society began using them last November and our productivity has measurably increased. This month we published our 4th 200-page book of poems, songs, and stories since January! I have just finished designing a "First Responder" coffee mug for the writer who shares the most pieces based on each day's prompts during November. Some of us may need a little nudge (or a new coffee mug) to get the ink flowing. Bless you.

    1. Jay, that's awesome! Thank you for the encouragement! Blessings, E