I want to write a blog but it seems like I don't have any ideas to put down. The main problem seems to lie in me not being able to choose a topic, and not having the skills to research or organize information. I don't think I can write about too many topics without doing research because I don't have a lot of knowledge. Although I am now in college, I didn't receive a normal high school education, and I didn't do well in earlier grades. The other problem I have, trying to make my words sound poetic, is easily eliminated, because I can choose not to worry about giving them a poetic sound, aim for a plain prosaic style, and worry about that later when I have mastered clarity, as people on this forum have suggested. But how do I deal with the problem of not having enough thoughts? I was hoping to make at least a little money as a writer one day. Originally I wanted to write a novel. I never got anywhere near that. But since I can blame that on my preoccupation with rhythm, maybe I should try it again. What should I work on now if I want to make money writing short stories and novels? Should I work on making up the plots, writing clearly, mastering mechanics, being more descriptive, or doing all these things at once? Can anyone recommend me some good books, particularly one I can read for free? I know that actually writing is better than reading about writing because that's the only way to learn how to apply what I read, but the problem is, I usually don't apply what I read, and then I wind up forgetting it. So I need to go over the basics of story telling.