Monday, October 29, 2018

Don't Ever Be Scared of Running Out of Writing Ideas Again

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!

Take your future inspiration for today's post and turn to the calendar when ideas are running low. Whether you're looking for a unique article idea to pitch to a magazine, a blog post or a social media update that gets everyone's attention you can find a wealth of ideas in the calendar. Today's list of November holidays isn't just fun to read, they’re also a great way to jumpstart creativity and a fun writing prompt idea. 

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 Deep Fried Clams 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
National Ohio Day
All Soul’s Day

National Jersey Friday (1stFriday in November)
National Men Make Dinner Day – Must Cook. No BBQ Allowed! (1stThursday in November)
Look for Circles Day
Traffic Directors Day (if it falls on a weekend, it’s the following Monday)
National Deviled Egg Day

November 3
National Housewife’s Day
National Bison Day (1stSaturday in November)
National Sandwich Day
World Numbat Day (1stSaturday in November)
Jellyfish Day
Cliché Day

November 4
National Candy Day
Daylight Saving Time Ends (1stSunday in November)
National Chicken Lady Day
Orphan Sunday (1stSunday in November)
Zero Tasking Day (1stSunday in November)
King Tut Day
National Candy Day
Use Your Common Sense Day

November 5
National Doughnut Day
Color the World Orange Day (1stMonday in November)
Guy Fawkes Day
Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day (1stMonday in November)
National Love Your Red Hair Day
Gunpowder Day

November 6
Marooned Without a Compass Day
Job Action Day
National Nachos Day
Saxophone Day

November 7
National Stress Awareness Day (1stWednesday in November)
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
Wobbly Wednesday (1stWednesday in November)
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Hug a Bear Day

November 8
National Parents as Teachers Day
X-ray Day
National Parents as Teachers Day
International Tongue Twister Contest Day
Dunce Day
National Harvey Wallbanger Day
National STEM/STEAM Day
National Cappuccino Day
Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day

November 9
National Louisiana Day
Fountain Pen Day (1stFriday in November)
World Freedom Day
Microtia Awareness Day
Love Your Lawyer Day (1stFriday in November)
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
International Tongue Twister Day (2ndSunday in November)

November 12
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
World Quality Day
World Orphans Day (2ndMonday in November)
Happy Hour Day
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Symphonic Metal Day
Young Readers Day (2ndTuesday in November)
World Kindness Day
Sadie Hawkins Day

November 14
National Pickle Day
National Educational Support Professionals Day (Wednesday of American Education Week)
Operating Room Nurse Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
Loose Up, Lighten Up Day
World Diabetes Day

November 15
I Love to Write Day
Great American Smokeout (Thursday Before Thanksgiving)
Use Less Stuff Day (3rdThursday in November)
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
Social Enterprise Day (3rdThursday in November)
Beaujolais Nouveau Day (3rdThursday in November)
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
America Recycles Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day

November 16
National Indiana Day
International Day for Tolerance
Have a Party with Your Bear Day
National Button Day
National Fast Food Day

November 17
National Take a Hike Day
National Baklava Day
Unfriend Day
World Prematurity Day
National Adoption Day (Saturday Before Thanksgiving)
Petroleum Day
National Homemade Bread Day

November 18
Mickey Mouse Birthday
National Vichyssoise Day
Guinness World Record Day (3rdSunday in November)
National Princess Day
Occult Day
Housing Day

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

November 20
National Absurdity Day
Entrepreneurs’ Day (3rdTuesday in November)
Name Your PC Day
African Industrialization Day
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Universal Childrens Day

November 21
National Stuffing Day
National Gingerbread Cookie Day
National Red Mitten Day
World Hello Day
National Jukebox Day (Day Before Thanksgiving)
World Television Day
False Confession Day

November 22
Thanksgiving (4thThursday in November)
National Cranberry Relish Day
National Day of Mourning (4thThursday in November)
Turkey-free Thanksgiving (4th  Thursday in November)
Go for a Ride Day

November 23
Fibonacci Day
Buy Nothing Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
Black Friday (Day After Thanksgiving)
Flossing Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
National Espresso Day
National Native American Heritage Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
National Eat a Cranberry Day
Sinkie Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
National Cashew Day
Maize Day (Day After Thanksgiving)
National Day of Listening (Day After Thanksgiving)
Your Welcomegiving Day (Day After Thanksgiving)

November 24
All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
National Sardines Day
Small Business Saturday (Saturday After Thanksgiving)

November 25
National Parfait Day
Blasé Day
Shopping Reminder Day

November 26
Advent begins
National Cake Day
Cyber Monday (Monday After Thanksgiving)

November 27
National Day of Giving #GivingTuesday (Tuesday After Thanksgiving)
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
National Craft Jerky Day
Pins and Needles Day

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

November 29
Electronic Greetings Day
Chocolates Day
Lemon Cream Pie Day
Throw Out Your Leftovers Day
National Package Protection Day
Square Dancing Day

November 30
National Mississippi Day 
National Mousse Day
Computer Security Day
National Mason Jar Day
Systems Engineer Day (Last Friday in November)
National Meth Awareness Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Don't ever be scared of running out of #writing ideas again - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Looking for #writing idea inspiration? Look no further than the calendar - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. What a great "thought generation" tool Ms. Edie. Thank you for this great, prompting post. God's blessings ma'am.

  2. Edie,

    I LOVED your post! I'd like to add one for November 6. National Basenji Mischief Day. :-)

  3. Oh, my goodness! What a compilation of ideas from the holidays. I'm keeping this in my idea "stash" pile.