5 ways to get writing ideas
It's great when you finally get a great writing idea
I have writer's block, how am I going to get some writing ideas? Writer's block happens to everyone once in a while (I think). Maybe it happens to me more than most? Sometimes I will sit there staring at my computer screen looking at my blog; I will notice that the time since my last post is increasing to about a week. I know that I should write something, but I do not have any writing ideas. What am I going to do? Where can I get inspired? Everything that comes to mind has already been done. Nothing seems to peak my interest. I wonder where do all of these other people get all of their writing ideas and how do they post so many blog entries so quickly. These thought ran through my head frequently when I first started blogging, and they still do on occasion. Once I figured out these 5 simple ways to develop writing ideas, the occurrences of writer's block occurred far less frequently.
Commenting sparks ideas
1. Writing comments on articles
Writing comments on articles is the best way for me to develop writing ideas. I don't know how many times I started writing a comment on someone's hub then deleted it because I could just write my own hub instead. Ok, so it is a little selfish, but sometimes great ideas belong on your hubs, not lost in someone else's comments. This is different than just reading an article. If you just read an article you will have some thoughts, but many times you will be thinking about what the writer of the article wrote. If you comment on the article, you begin to develop your own thoughts that may agree or disagree with the original article.
Reading sparks ideas
2. Reading other people's work
If you need some writing ideas then what is a better place to look that to someone with a similar blog. Now we aren't talking about rewriting someone's work here, that takes all of the fun out of writing. We are talking about seeing how someone writes. Maybe they wrote an article about 5 things to do in New York, and you think that you can write 5 better things to do in New York. Or maybe you want to do 5 things in San Francisco. It might even get you to think about doing a list on a completely different topic.
Go Jump off a cliff
3. Do something!
If you don't want to read articles, the go out and do something. You aren't going to get ideas by sitting around staring at the walls. Get outside and see what the world has to offer. This is something that all writers need to do. Let's face it we sit around on the computer an awful lot. We are constantly typing away, reading, commenting, and formatting our blogs and websites. The best writing ideas come from experience, and the only way to get new experience is to live your life off of the computer. So get out and experience the world. Do something that interests you and give your mind a little time to refresh. Maybe you don't want to go cliff jumping, but I am sure that you can find something more appealing that staring at your computer screen.
A good conversation to spark an idea
4. Talk with People
I get plenty of writing ideas from talking with people. Let's assume that you have a blog about politics. You can talk to someone that is not interested in politics their ideas about certain things. You don't have to talk to experts to get ideas, you can talk to regular people and ask them their views on certain things. You will be surprised how hearing a different perspective on a topic can spark writing ideas in your head. If you want to write about traveling, you could ask someone what their dream vacation would be. There is plenty of help out there. You could even ask someone if they have any ideas that you could write about. That question may be a little blunt, but it can work!
Don't let your writing ideas escape
5. Keep a writing ideas notepad
If you want writing ideas, then another great way to get them is to look at the writing ideas that you have already thought of. When I am writing, I spend some time researching my topics. The writing process itself exposes me to a lot of information that usually sparks other writing ideas for my future articles. The problem is that if I don't write these ideas down, I will forget about them in no time. Even if it is a great topic! Since I have started keeping a writing ideas page my occurrences of writer's block have diminished significantly. Now my biggest problem is actually writing articles on the ideas that I currently have sitting on my ideas page.
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I hope that my 5 ways to get a writing ideas have helped you to think of a few of your own. Please feel free to share them in the comments for any writers out there that are struggling through a bad case of writer's block.