Thursday Thoughts: Coming up With Ideas

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?

Type it Out Tuesday: June 4

Everyone needs a bit of creative inspiration now and then. There’s no shame in admitting it.

Maybe you want to write a romance book. Those are always popular. Boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets alien life form she believed to be human. Love knows no bounds

Well I’ve got 5 solid romantic writing prompts for you, some a bit bizarre, some probably a bit cliche.

Hope you enjoy!

Write a story about a road trip between two old friends that turns into something more.

A duo of very inept wingmen.

You’re at a party when you spot a ex. Quick, you urgently have to pretend to be dating the nearest person, who happens to be very attractive.

In biblical times, men had many wives and most marriages were arranged. Use time travel to develop a story that depicts how love, romance, and marriage have changed throughout the centuries.

They say love is blind, and it makes people do strange things. Write about a character who is blinded by love or who does strange or dangerous things for the object of his or her desire.

Type it Out Tuesday: March 19

I’ve got another two writing prompts to spark that creative gene deep inside you!

Hope you enjoy them, and as always, if you make something of them, or have any cool ideas of how the story could go let me know in the comments!

“Due to a loophole in the system, people can escape hell and get to heaven after death.

You go to hell and all you see is Satan, just sitting there playing the violin.

Everyone has left him and now he’s all alone

 

Drunkenly, you accidentally pour vodka into your pet’s water bowl.

As a result, your pet breaks the number one rule: do not speak to your owner…

Ever.

Type it Out Tuesday: March 12

Today you’re going to get an extra special treat. I’ve got two different writing prompts for you.

“All humans beings have absolute control over what they do and do not remember.

When combing through some historical documents, you realise that, ten years ago, there were three days of history which every single human beiong in the world chose to forget.”

I really like the idea of the first one. With all the potential for conspiracy theories I think people can do a lot with it.

“You’re a local healer, a good one, and your people love you. But you do not truly heal wounds, merely transfer them… 

The people of the valley below know you under a different name. 

I like the idea of this one too. I think it could be a good start to a fantasy short story or short novel.

As always, I would love to hear any ideas you have with these ones. I’d love to read anything you make of them or talk with you about any ideas of how you’d make these stories go.

Let me know in the comments!

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, except Friday’s because something happened and I got sidetracked and didnt post one, here they are all in one place:

Monday

Book Review: Where We Feel Human by Sam Cortes

Tuesday

Type it Out Tuesday: Six Word Stories

Wednesday

Wednesday News: March 6

Thursday

Having a Book Travel the World

Weekly Recap

In case you’ve missed one of my posts, you can find them all here.

Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon

Type it Out Tuesday: February 26

Wednesday News: February 27th

10 Book Related Podcasts You Need to Listen To

Quote of the Day: March 1

Type it Out Tuesdays: February 19

From what I could find, there really isn’t anything special about today, but since it is Reading Week for a lot of college and university students, I thought I’d make this week’s writing prompt related to that…

Here it is:

You’ve booked a last minute vacation with your best friend. You saw how cheap the flights were and couldn’t pass up an oppportunity to spend a week on a beach in Mexico.

After a lenghty flight sitting next to a crying baby and the grandma who fell asleep on your shoulder, you finally check in to your hotel and are ready to hit the beach.

You find some open chairs and you lay down to soak up that hot sun, when you spot the most perfect specimen (gender is your choice) coming from the water.

What happens next?

Hope you all enjoy this one. As always, if you get a chance to write anything using one of my writing prompts I’d love to hear about it.