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Brainstorming Blog & Article Posts - When you just can't think of another idea!

Updated on March 10, 2012
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Susannah is a Journalist and Blogger with a total social following of over 25,000 people & whose content receives over 15,000 visits/day.

Brainclouds but no Brainstorm

You've all had that feeling - as if there's just no more topics you can possibly think of to write about.

You're washed out, tired, your brain just won't throw up any of those awesome subjects that it once did.

Well it's time for some serious action - you need to get in there and brainstorm up some fabulous ideas - the more the better. Read on for some inspiration.

Around and Around - Items

Look around your house, or somewhere you spend a lot of time. Concentrate on parts of it and start thinking... here's some examples:

  • Looking through your clothes might help you remember a time you had to repair or clean them... a place you've been...good or bad times.
  • Looking at your roof, walls & housefittings might remind you of home handyman jobs, renovations or other houses you've lived in.
  • Looking at electronics may remind you of how hard they are to assemble, how much trouble they've been or why you'd recommend them to a friend.
  • Looking at your old books might inspire you to write a review or even start your own piece of creative writing.

Work and Play - Places

Think about the places you go each day. There's probably plenty of places you see without even giving them a second glance. Here's some ideas:

  • Your workplace - what can you do that other people might want to learn?
  • Local park - inspiration on how to set out a garden?
  • Places you travel - would you go there again, quickest way to get there and driving?

You're Inspiring! - People

We all spend time with people - sometimes many different ones, depending on our jobs. But have you thought about how they can influence your articles? Try asking someone about themselves. Not only will they think you're a great listener, but if you throw in a word about your favourite topic they may think of an area of it you haven't covered yet....

Would You Like Fries With That? - Food

Everyone eats but how often do you think about it? Food opens up a whole new area to write on:

  • Worst and best foods you've had.
  • Restaurant reviews.
  • Local and traditional foods.
  • Favourite recipes.
  • Family recipes.

The Write Way to Go

You're surrounded by inspiration for posts - you just may not be able to see it. Start repeating to yourself, as you go through your day or browse the internet "Will other people want to know about this" or "How can I make money from this."

Eventually it will become like a mantra - you'll get used to thinking about how things you never realized may be of great importance to other people - from sending an email to cleaning dust off easily.

The Challenge - Pen & Paper!

So here's the challenge - a great way to get a list of ideas.

  1. DO not go on your writing site or blog for a minimum of 12 hours (sleep not included!)
  2. Find a quiet spot and have pen and paper ready.
  3. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  4. Write down ten or more different post ideas - on anything you can think of.
  5. Write one post immediately based on one of the ideas.

The goal of this challenge is to start new posts/articles - and if you only start posts from 2 of those topics... that's still two more posts, isn't it?

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very helpful! I sometimes get ideas from listening to talk radio! This was a good topic to write.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      It's been about two weeks since I have written a Hub. I just can't get inspired! You could say I've lost my self confidence about writing here. You have given some good tips here to make me think!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Fantastic article here..different perspectives can sure change things up and create lots of ideas..great job voted up etc & shared..cheers

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      Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I sometimes swear off using the computer for a day or two to unlock the creative juices. Where I live now, inspiration even comes in the mail each month in the form of a free 20-page magazine about upcoming events in our town and interesting residents.

      Great tips! Voted up and awesome! ;D

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      hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Thank you for sharing this awesome Hub about brainstorming.:) I will be trying the challenge that you recommended tomorrow.:) Thank you for sharing all the awesome informative information.

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      bluesoul 5 years ago from India

      I was in need of this indeed! Thank you so much for this great post.

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      puddingicecream 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing these. Great suggestions to get the ball rolling.

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      Monto 5 years ago from Bangalore

      oh god..i was in the same situation....Now i know what to do....i have plenty of ideas to start a hub now...thanks very much..

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      Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I love talking about thinking. Super. I agree that ideas are all around us. Next week my mom and I are going to a nearby Mennonite bakery. I'm going to take my camera and make a wizzley page on it!

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Get ideas to get us all thinking - thank you!

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      Where is the 30 day challenge so I can join?

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      gcarpanetti 6 years ago from Panama

      Thank you!

      This is just what I was looking for .. I've been in Hubpages for 2 days and was wondering if I was supposed to blog or what..

      Gracias!

      Giovanni

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      eurekabud 6 years ago from Sanford, NC

      Now why didn't I think of this? What incredible ideas! Thanks for the help.

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      YU_First 1 6 years ago from Uganda

      Simple. Inexpensive. Awesome.

      Thank you!

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      From time to time it happens to all writers. That is, the mind simply voids all ability to get anything down onto paper...or in this case onto the screen. It's a painful experience. It actually does hurt. These are some great ideas to at least work to get some of the old fires burning again.

      Of course, there is the perusing of HubPages itself of course. Something you read or something that gets said in the comments on another's hub can certainly cause a moment of inspiration and get you writing a comment back that's actually a new hub.

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      SognoPiccolo 6 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      Very awesome. I definitely needed this! thank you!

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      Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

      I am so glad you wrote this! I love the names you gave all the ideas. A hubstorm, indeed! I am in need of one here soon.

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      Dorothee-Gy 6 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      Great advice, thanks!

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      This is great advice , so many hubs are empty , i like this.

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      brettb 6 years ago from London

      Hubtacular advice!

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      masaa 6 years ago from Kenya

      i have to save this and read it online but am certain its use full

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      Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I have begun writing down ideas for the fall and winter. As I am now understanding the maturation process it seems pertinent to write future hubs now that will be established and popular at the time people are thinking about the subjects and seeking information on the internet. Thanks for offering more tips on hub subjects.

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      thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

      great hub reading well detailed thanks

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      SunSeven 6 years ago from Singapore / India

      A real good hub. I am impressed.

      Best Regards :)

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