5 writing prompts to gather support for any project - Kristen Kalp

5 writing prompts to gather support for any project

Once you’ve decided to tackle a project using Change the World, Dammit! as your pinpointer/planner/helper/ass kicker, you’ll want to keep your momentum going by blogging, or by microblogging through a platform like Instagram.

Today, I’m sharing 5 amazeballs writing prompts to get your wheels turning and your (micro)blogging mayhem unleashed.

Amazeballs writing prompt #1

Back story: why this cause speaks to your heart

This is the “why” of your whole project. Don’t be afraid to say it loud, say it proud, and let your peeps know what touches you.

Craft this post to be deeply personal, tugging at heart strings and sharing any pertinent facts that will help your readers associate you with the project you’ve chosen. If your mother — the painter — died when you were six, and you’re going to pick up a paint brush for the first time in thirty years in her honor, we need to know that. If you are a product of the foster system you’re taking six months off to change via the legal system, we need to know that. If you were a victim of sexual abuse and you’re volunteering to help other women going through the same thing — then yes, we need to know that.

This post is your chance to connect deeply with the reader. They aren’t clients, at this point; they’re confidantes. Treat them as a lovely, listening ear, and then give them all the details they’ll need to rally behind you.

If you get long-winded or feel that this topic garners extra attention, make this blog post into a series. Take as much time as you need to explain your reasons for taking on the project at hand, as well as the impact you hope to make as a result of the project.

Amazeballs writing prompt #2

Behind-the-scenes photos of your preparation for the project.

This post can be as simple as an open suitcase covered in your stuff right in the middle of packing for your trip. It can be a recap of donations you’ve picked up, photos of events you’ve held as fundraisers, or a self-portrait of your smiling face when your fundraising goal was met.

Take photos throughout this journey — yes, iPhone counts — and then share them as your adventure approaches. You’ll naturally have less time to blog as your prep work ramps up, but your readers will want more details as your start date looms. Keep them happy with images of your smiling face!

Amazeballs writing prompt #3

Have someone interview YOU about your project.

When we’re in charge of a project, we can lose sight of the questions other people have for us. They might want to know why we’re doing what we’re doing, how they can help, how long we’ll be gone, what prompted this whole journey — and which organization are we working with, again?

Having a trusted friend or colleague ask questions for this interview means you’ll be answering the burning queries of your audience. Don’t forget to include a few photos to highlight your involvement. Bonus points for finding a way to use childhood photos!

Amazeballs writing prompt #4

Sponsor spotlight: if a local business is sponsoring your adventure, feature ’em!

If you’ve convinced a local business to supply a few outfits for your African adventure, photograph yourself in the outfits and feature their business on your blog. Include pertinent store details like location, phone, website, and hours of operation with a thank you for their involvement.

Should the store have donated cash or something less-than-photo-worthy, strike up a conversation with the store owner and feature the highlights of your conversation on the blog. They’re a local business offering their support, so you’ll want to do everything in your power to repay their kindness. (Don’t worry, we’ll talk more about getting sponsors in the coming pages.)

Amazeballs writing prompt #5

Give a fundraising update.

As you near the end of your fundraising campaign, you might be convinced your project isn’t going to happen. It could be 30, 40, 50, or even 60% away from full funding. This isn’t the time to give up, even though your brain will be telling you that you’re going to fail miserably.

This is when urgency is kicking in, and your friends and family members and audience members will come out of the woodwork to support you.

This procrastination phenomenon threw me for a loop during the launch of one of my now-retired programs, Sales Without Shame. Even though I had done a lot of work promoting, even though peeps wanted to buy, and even though they would EVENTUALLY buy, 54% of sales happened in the last 48 hours of the promotional pricing offer. Read the full article here.

It’s time to get those procrastinators to open their wallets and give, dammit! Create a blog post telling people exactly how much money still has to be raised, and emphasize the deadline that’s coming SOON! Link to the other posts about your project and then use social media to say it loud, say it proud. Now is the time to ditch your fears of being a nag and bring on full-force RED ALERT campaigning.

This is your dream, and you’re so close to bringing it to life. You’ve got this.

Psst! This is an excerpt of Change the World, Dammit! which is designed to help entrepreneurs pinpoint, plan, and profit from world-changing adventures.

P.S.  What to do when your family think you’re insane.