Since starting the blog over a year ago, there is one thing that I have never had an issue with…and that’s coming up with ideas.
I’m not trying to brag about how I am some creative genius and I constantly have ideas flowing through my head…because that is far from true.
I’ve just learned a trick or two that has helped me come up with different ideas for what to write about.
There are three simple things that I do to make sure I don’t run out of ideas.
1.) Plan Ahead
It sounds pretty simple, but this is probably the most important of my three tips. if you’re rushing last minute to come up with ideas, you are going to enjoy it a lot less.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
I’ve rushed last minute to come up with ideas and by the end of the post, I am disappointed. Both with myself and with what I had written.
I’m not saying you have to plan out the entire post before hand, but at least knowing the topic you will be writing about puts your head into the proper space, and the information comes a lot easier.
I have heard of some people that prepare their posts days or weeks in advance. I personally don’t find the time to do that, but it is rather impressive when I hear of people that do it.
I find that writing ideas for the month on a calendar lets me see what’s coming up, and helps me prepare for what to write each day.
2.) Steal Ideas…Creatively
Don’t copy someone’s hard work by reposting their content as your own. That’s stealing and also is a quick way to be disliked by a lot of people.
What I mean by stealing creatively, is using others’ ideas in your own way. Change them up a bit, add your own flare, and your own content.
If you see someone with a good idea for a blog post, use the same idea, but give it your own flare. By now, it is probably impossible to come up with a 100% original idea, but you can come up with an idea that you have made your own, and that fits your blog, or website, or whatever it is, better than any others.
For example, you see a blogger posting a character analysis of Harry Potter characters, or different female protagonists.
It’s a great idea to write about, and maybe you like the idea. Don’t take the exact idea, but maybe you want to take a look at different characters that have similar features, or you want to look at different villains.
Similar ideas, but you’ve made it your own instead of just copying someone else.
3.) Write Things Down
This one isn’t always easy to remember, but I try to do it as often as I can.
When I see a quote, or an idea from a movie, or even an idea from a book, I try to write it down in a journal that I always carry with me.
They don’t always pan out to be something amazing right away, but in the future you might have an idea that works with something you wrote down months ago.
I’ve come up with plenty of ideas for creative writing pieces, blog posts, or even ideas I want in my future book just by writing them down when I come across them.
In the end, everyone has their own ways of coming up with ideas for what to create. You may do some of the things I mentioned, you might do things completely different. Either way, let me know your process in the comments. How do you come up with new ideas for posts?