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5 ways to get writing ideas

Updated on June 19, 2013

It's great when you finally get a great writing idea

Writer's block if finally over!
Writer's block if finally over!

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

You will force yourself to think deeply about a topic in order to comment to an article
You will force yourself to think deeply about a topic in order to comment to an article

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

There is plenty of inspiration flowing around this table of young readers
There is plenty of inspiration flowing around this table of young readers

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

Ok, so you don't have to go and jump off a cliff, but get off of that computer and live a little
Ok, so you don't have to go and jump off a cliff, but get off of that computer and live a little

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

Sometimes talking to someone with a different viewpoint will give you writing ideas
Sometimes talking to someone with a different viewpoint will give you writing ideas

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

keep a note pad for your writing ideas so that you can jot them down when you have them.
keep a note pad for your writing ideas so that you can jot them down when you have them.

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.

Leave a comment

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.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. I'm glad that you liked it Mecheshier

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great ideas here. I think the best idea is carry a notepad. It seems that when the best ideas come to mind one has nothing to write them on and then we forget about our "light bulb". Thank you for sharing. Votewd up for awesome and useful.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for commenting Prea. Welcome to hubpages. It looks like you are going to pass me up pretty quickly when it comes to the number of hubs. Maybe I should be getting ideas from you! Keep up the good work

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      prea 5 years ago from Philippines

      I like the do something part. Ive been quite busy these past few days to keep up with writing on line but it did give me ideas. :D Now, I only need a handy notepad to write those ideas into hubs. Voted up!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment tillsontitan. There are plenty of other methods, and you listed some good ones.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Five good ideas michiganman. We all need to stop and think from time to time...what's next? Sources of information are always good to have whether they're friends, family, books, movies, TV, etc.

      You've done a nice job with your ideas and explanations!

      Voted up and useful.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Awww, now, michigan, that is nice of you to say, but you are not with me all of the time when I am frantically searching my memories, keepsakes and other sources for subjects that my followers will like. But thank you for being so nice.

      Kenneth

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      You write some great stuff Kenneth. I think that you can manage without any help from me. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Mich,

      great read and one that I needed to read. I battle dry stretches in the road from time to time, but your hub has given me some fresh ideas on how to get subjects for my stories. Voted up and away.

      Kenneth////keep up the fine work!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the compliment Teaches. I hope that it helps you a little.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great suggestions for when we get writer's block on occasion. I like your idea of keeping a journal handy to write notes down. Excellent hub topic and well done.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you OLY

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      OLYHOOCH 5 years ago from Thompson Falls, Montana

      This is really a Great Post, Hub, whatever.

      Good Job, michinganman567.

      OLY

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for commenting Suckerfish. I hope that it helps and welcome to Hubpages

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      Suckerfish 5 years ago

      Nice article here. It has a lot of good points, especially "do not let your ideas escape." I have done that way too many times before!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment and compliments katyzzz!

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wonderful hub mich, and really well put together, I do hope inspiration overtakes you soon

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      thanks for the read Nichole. I will come and check out your profile

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      Nichole Thomas 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great ideas!! i love the don't let your ideas escape part!! You have no idea how many times that I have done that! I will for sure use this as a reference post to get my wheels turning!! Thanks for sharing Voted up! I would love to see what you think of some of my post

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      No, not really, but is seemed like the thing to say.

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      OLYHOOCH 5 years ago from Thompson Falls, Montana

      Are you sure?????? LOL.

      OLY

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Take your time OLY, you're getting close!

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      OLYHOOCH 5 years ago from Thompson Falls, Montana

      Might have to think about some of these. LOL

      OLY

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