8 Ways to Find Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas 21


Go beyond the usual “romantic gift ideas” and “how we met” articles. These Valentine’s Day article ideas and blog post prompts will fire your creativity and help you highlight February 14 in a fresh new way. The icing on the cake? You’ll boost your online traffic and readership!


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Ideas for Blog Posts or Online Articles on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

“One of the hallmarks of genius is an ability to spot connections between seemingly disparate things,” says Susan Reynolds, author of Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer. “And then use your discovery to create something original.”

That’s the first, most important, and most creative way to find article ideas to write about on Valentine’s Day: marry two subjects that wouldn’t normally go together – much less get engaged. And only you can find the magic combination of ideas because only you have your personality, talents, education, and past experiences with Valentine’s Day (for better or worse!). You’re a blogger, a writer, an author of exciting articles…and the biggest part of your writing and blogging job is to come up with ideas that reflect who you are. But we all need a little boost sometimes, don’t we? So let’s dive into these eight creative Valentine’s Day article ideas…





Are you waiting for the writing muse or the right mood? “I don’t wait for moods,” said Pearl S. Buck. “You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

Fellow scribes, don’t wait for the muse or Cupid to shoot an arrow to fire up your passion for writing on February 14. Whether you’re searching for Valentine’s Day article ideas for your blog, online magazine, or company newsletter – you need to actively search for good story ideas to write about.

8 Ways to Find Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

These tips apply to print magazine articles, too – but you have to pitch query letters at least four months in advance. If you want to write a Valentine’s Day article for the print edition of Reader’s Digest, Simple Living, or Woman’s Day, then you need to search for story ideas by September or October. 

You could pitch Valentine’s Day article ideas to online magazines or blogs a month or so in advance (but remember: the earlier you pitch your story or article idea, the better!). If you’re writing for an ezine, remember that it often takes months or even years before your online articles see serious traffic…so writing for Valentine’s Day this year might mean you’ll see traffic to your own blog next year.

Anyway, here are a few ideas for blog posts and article ideas in honor of the “most romantic day of the year”…

1. Share your best (or – better yet – your worst) Valentine’s Day experience

But don’t just write about your past – ask your Twitter or Facebook friends for their best and worst experiences on February 14. Rounding up and writing about several of the best or worst Valentine’s Days is a fun, easy way to write a blog post…and it may even strengthen your social media connections and friendships. Plus, your contributors may Tweet and link to your post or online article, which can boost blog traffic.

Here’s a brainy tip for being a more creative writer:

“When working on a particular story, find an image (or better yet create one) that evokes something crucial to the story,” writes Susan Reynolds in How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain on the Psychology Today website. “Meditate on the image prior to writing. This kind of ‘stimulation prepping’ will fire up your writing brain, particularly the neurons focused on the work at hand. Once global ignition occurs—whether it’s focused on characterization, plots, setting, and so on—firing up the particular neurons connected to the story you are crafting fuels your imagination.”

Before you write your blog post or article – even when you’re still searching for Valentine’s Day article ideas – take time to meditate on a Cupid, sweetheart, or heart-related image that resonates with you. Your brain will come up with its own creative ideas, and you’ll find the writing process easier. Why? Because your brain’s cognitive functions will be activated by the heart-shaped chocolates, red Cupid, or other February 14 image. Cognitive scientists have also found that viewing visual art activates the brain’s reward circuit, which will provide positive reinforcement for your writing or blogging…and this reward system may keep your passion for writing alive forever.

2. Write a “Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas” article (ho hum, but popular)

Top 10 articles and blog posts are tried-and-true ideas for blog posts or magazine articles, for any season or topic.

8 Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas for Writers

8 Creative and Fresh Valentine’s Day Article Ideas for Writers

But don’t fall into the boring old “Top 10 Valentine’s Day Article Ideas for Writers” trap. Here are the most boring blog post ideas for Valentine’s Day: Top 10 Most Romantic Weekend Retreats, the 10 Best Chocolate Gifts for Women, or the Top 10 Valentine’s Day Stuffies. Yawn!

You need to get more creative than that! But how? By pairing topics or ideas that don’t normally go together. A million years ago, I sold an article to Reader’s Digest called “Go Green on Valentine’s Day: Ten Eco-Friendly Ways to Say ‘I Love You.'” Back then (caveman times), an eco-friendly February 14 was actually a new concept, so it was a good Valentine’s Day article idea. If you want to see how I pitched and sold that story, read Sample of a Successful Query Letter to Reader’s Digest.

3. Give your single readers ideas for surviving Valentine’s Day

Who is your audience? Knowing who you’re writing for is a crucial way to find article ideas. If you’re writing for Popular Mechanics, your story will have a different slant than if you’re writing for Better Homes and Gardens.

Back when I started a blog called Quips & Tips for Spiritual Seekers, I wrote an article called 6 Spiritual Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day. And, before I got married I was single for 35 Valentine’s Days, so I was itching to write “Are You Single and Lonely on Valentine’s Day?” for an online magazine I was working for at the time (that title! ouch). I haven’t written about losing someone you love right before February 14, but that could be a helpful, popular Valentine’s Day blog post or article.






4. Write about how movie stars celebrate Valentine’s Day

A story about what famous rich people do on February 14 could be very interesting to readers who keep up with the celebrities. Learning how movie stars, athletes, and Presidents spend Valentine’s Day is irresistible to readers who are enchanted by fame and fortune. You could research a famous couple’s romantic plans, or find out what parties are like at the most wealthy people’s places. Or, you could use your imagination and write something like “The Valentine’s Day Dinner That Cost $55,000” and get crazy with the details.

Here’s a better Valentine’s Day article idea: combine your lifestyle, hobbies, or interests with something related to love and romance. This way, you’re writing about something you’re passionate about and have solid knowledge of (as opposed to digging through celebrities’ lives). For example, I love writing about introverted personality traits, so I wrote Valentine’s Day for Introverts in Love With Extroverts a hundred years ago.

5. Research what famous people in your niche do on Valentine’s Day

Again, back to your audience: what is your niche, and who would your readers be interested in learning more about? If was a blogger whose audience was writers, then I might find ideas about famous writers on Valentine’s Day.

Wait a minute….I AM a blogger, and my audience IS writers! Awesome. So, what did the famous couple Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning do on February 14 (challenging to figure out!) or in your imagination (fun and interesting to create)? What about Anne Lamatt or Elizabeth Gilbert – they’re not a couple (as far as I know) – but what do they think about February 14? I’d be interested in reading a blog post that explores either of these ideas…and if I’m interested, you can bet other people will be too.

6. Answer questions on relationship, marriage, or singles forums

Ah yes, the good old tried-and-true “find article ideas on Quora” tip. It may not be exactly fresh or creative, but it works.

How to Find Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

How to Find Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

Reading forums about love and marriage can be a gold mine for ideas to write about on Valentine’s Day – especially if your audience is oriented towards romantic relationships. Look at the questions asked and the conversations on the forum, and then share your thoughts or relationship advice on your blog.

For instance, if a wife wants more romance in her life but can’t afford to spend a few hundred dollars on a romantic weekend retreat, write something like how to celebrate Valentine’s Day without spending money.

7. Rewrite old blog posts and revive past article ideas

This is one of the best ways to find article ideas for Valentine’s Day because you’ve already done most of the legwork! And in many cases you can get more mileage out of the same idea by tweaking it for a different audience or topic. For instance, if you’ve already written an online article about “romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas for couples”, then you might rewrite it for a different audience (eg, GLBT couples, or blogging couples, or couples who love to read).

Here’s another brain-related tip for being a more creative writer on February 14 and beyond:

“Writing in cursive engages highly complex cognitive processes and helps achieve mastery of precise motor coordination,” says Reynolds in Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer. “Writing in cursive also increases a sense of harmony and balance, and writing on paper provides creative options: to manipulate the medium in multidimensional, innovative, or expressive ways (such as cutting, folding, pasting, ripping, or coloring the paper). Also, when you write in longhand on paper and then edit, there’ll be a visual and tactile record of your creative process for you and others to study. Learning to write (and writing) in cursive, on paper, fosters creativity and should not be surrendered.”

Alas, you may not have past article ideas to rewrite or old blog posts to rework and republish. I get it. Read How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish.

8. Invite guest bloggers for Valentine’s Day

If you’re plum out of article ideas for February 14, you might consider asking someone to do the dirty deed for you. You could find a popular relationship website, and invite their guest bloggers to write a guest post for you. This is a great way to increase blog traffic, you’ll (hopefully) find a different article idea than you would’ve thought of on your own. Relationship writers and bloggers have tons of tricks and treats up their sleeves, and some may be willing to write for you.

Related to this idea, you might consider interviewing the author of a book about Valentine’s Day, love, romance, or being single. You could do a “Q and A” interview-style article, or delve into something specific about relationships or marriage.

Beyond Valentine’s Day: How to Be a More Creative Writer

Valentine’s Day Article Ideas for WritersRead Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer by Susan Reynolds – it’s a fantastic source of ideas for writers and bloggers. You’ll learn how to develop your brain to its fullest potential so you can spend less time searching the internet for article ideas, and more time exploring your own creativity.

Reynolds’ book is based on proven, easy-to-understand neuroscience – and I love how she shares ways to stimulate, nurture, and hone a brain into the ultimate writing tool.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the type of writer you are: Do you think or feel your way through writing a book? Are you a pantser or a plotter?
  • Develop writing models that accelerate your learning curve.
  • Hardwire your brain for endurance and increased productivity as a writer.
  • Brainstorm better character concepts and plot points.
  • Learn to edit your manuscript on both a macro and micro level.
  • Recharge a lagging brain to gain an extra burst of creativity.

Okay, fellow scribes, may your brain cells be firing on all pistons as you’re sifting through your Valentine’s Day article ideas. May you find stories that are uplifting and engaging, interesting and solid. And may you enjoy every second of the writing process on February 14 – and beyond!

xo


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21 thoughts on “8 Ways to Find Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

  • Brittany

    I’m not a writer, but I want to be a journalist one day! And I’ll write about Valentine’s Day because it really is the most romantic day of the year and I’m sure I’ll find many ideas for articles. History, more than gift or date ideas.

  • Mike Danpe

    Hey! Throwing a gift idea out there for Valentine’s day, and it could be an article to write about. One thing that is overlooked every year as a gift of value is a cleaning service or gift certificate for a service. I’d LOVE if someone paid to have my house cleaned! In the past I have purchased from Dynamic Duo Cleaning and ever since then I give them to people every year 🙂

  • Madeline

    Thanks for sharing these tips for writing Valentine’s Day articles. My blog is about flowers, gardening, and writing about flowers and gardening! So it should be easy for me to find posts that are focused on February 14…but all I can think of is the same old ideas.

    I really like your tip for updating and rewriting old articles for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been blogging for 3 years and I do have 2 posts I can update and rewrite. Heart-shaped flower arrangements and love notes, here I come 🙂

  • William

    Creative Valentine’s Day article ideas, thank you! My blog is called William’s World, and I write for guys who collect sports stuff. I’m trying to find a Valentine’s Day idea, but haven’t come up with anything yet…

  • Laurie Post author

    I originally wrote this article 7 years ago, and used my own idea #7 to revive it! I rewrote this Valentine’s Day article and republished it, and hope it helps writers and bloggers find ideas for stories and features on February 14 🙂

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Eileen,

    That’s great that you invited a blogger to do a guest post — it’s a wonderful way to build your blog!

    It’s not copyright infringement if she gives you permission to post her article on your blog, and if it wasn’t published elsewhere that has copyright rules (which it probably wasn’t, else she wouldn’t have given you the post!). At the end of her post, you could mention that it was originally published on such-and-such blog, but that’s not even necessary.

    Good luck with your blog — and I hope to see you ’round these parts again soon 🙂

    Laurie
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..7 People Skills That Help You Achieve Your Career Goals =-.

  • Eileen

    Hi Laurie,
    Have a question for you. I invited a local food blogger to guest post for me. She agreed and send me this posting, which was posted on her blog days earlier. Is it kosher to repost the same thing on mine? I didn’t, eventhough I had her permission. I was wondering if that would be considered as plagiarism?
    .-= Eileen´s last blog post ..Manatees dying from the cold in Florida =-.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks, Michelle — it’s great to hear from you…and I’m glad you’re not in favor of “wating around for the writing muse” 🙂
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..6 Ways to Keep Your Blog High in Google’s Search Engine Results =-.

  • Michelle Salater

    Laurie, great post! Not only did you give me some Valentine’s Day writing inspiration, but you also touched upon an issue that I frequently see in young writers who are stuck waiting for “the right mood or inspiration” before they write an article. As a writer, you have to–in the words of Nike–just do it!
    .-= Michelle Salater´s last blog post ..FlickTruck Creates New Ways to Advertise to Consumers on the Road =-.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Sam, thanks for your comment.

    Sandy, if you write a Valentine’s Day blog post, I’d love to read it. Paste the link here, okay?

    Cheers,
    Laurie
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..6 Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Writers and Bloggers =-.

  • Sam

    Hey. I don’t normally leave comments, but I just wanted to say thanks for the great information. I have a blog too, though I don’t write as good as you do. Thanks again and have a great day!

  • Sandy Naidu

    Good ideas – I was not planning to write a post on Valentine’s day – I might now…
    .-= Sandy Naidu´s last blog post ..Summer Months =-.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comments…I’ve never really liked Valentine’s Day as a human being, but I like writing about it as a blogger! 🙂
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..6 Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Writers and Bloggers =-.

  • George Angus

    Hi Laurie,

    Like Lindsay, I’ve never done any VD posts, but maybe this year will be different. Thanks for leading the charge.

    George
    .-= George Angus´s last blog post ..Lookin’ Like a Fool With Your Writing On The Ground =-.

  • mvmaithai

    What excellent ideas! I think I will try to get a food blogger to guest post on my travel blog.
    .-= mvmaithai´s last blog post ..Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Florida =-.

  • Lindsay

    I’ve never done Valentine’s Day posts, but I did a Squidoo lens that exploited Halloween, and snagged some easy traffic. 🙂
    .-= Lindsay´s last blog post ..3 Ways to Make Money Writing Ebooks =-.