Some people have a lot of problems with finding ideas to write about, I never seem to have that problem, I have ideas for writing all the time, sometimes at the most oddest moments. I’ve never really thought about where my ideas come from, they just seem to appear to me from nowhere. Perhaps it is a process that I have internalized into my subconscious mind, so I haven’t really given it much thought.
Ideas are everywhere, you just have to look around you, there are hundreds of ideas that you can draw on to write about. It’s about becoming aware of yourself and the interaction of yourself with the world. When you really start becoming aware of your feelings and of the world around you, you will then begin to start noticing ideas for writing.
Since this process of find writing ideas comes so easily for me, I decided to examine myself and bring to the surface some of the thinking processes that allow me to come up with writing ideas. They are as follows:
I’ve always had the tendency to be curious about things and wonder why things are the way they are. Curiosity helps to aid in understanding, and when you don’t understand something it becomes an idea for writing. Curiosity can also lead to things that you may potentially be interested in and want to know more about, which in turn leads to writing ideas.
Have a questioning attitude
I rarely take things for granted and question my assumptions about things and people. By having a questioning attitude you generate a lot of questions that can become ideas for your writing. You can start by questioning yourself about your assumptions and views that you have. For example I am a Muslim and one of the ideas that came up to write about was “Why I am a Muslim”.
Look at your own life for ideas
One of the best ways to find ideas to write about is to look at your own life experiences that you have had. This is a great way of getting writing ideas, because they come from your own life and they are the easiest topics to write about since you don’t need to do any research on them, because all the information you need is in your head. For me personally this is the type of writing I enjoy most because it has personal significance to me and I can write from the heart. Here is a list of things to give you a hint:
Have you ever experienced divorce
Have you ever lost someone close to you
Do you have any hobbies or interests
What was your childhood like
Did you ever look up to someone when you was younger
Was you ever in a gang
Have you ever been addicted to drugs
Have you ever immigrated
Did you ever experience racism in your life
What dreams did you have as a child
What kind of things interest you
What do you love doing
You have a lot of experiences that you can draw from.
Look around you and observe people
You can get great ideas to write about by being a people watcher, just observing them and wondering about their lives can create a source of ideas that you can tap into.
Think about their history
Think about what kind of interests they might have
Why are they dressed the way they are
Have they experienced any tragedies in their life
What kind of relationships have they had
Talk to different people to get ideas
You can also get ideas just by talking to people, maybe someone you are talking to triggers an insight that can turn into a writing idea. Talking through ideas with other people can help, because conversations can lead to other ideas. With every interaction you have, there is an exchange of ideas, some of the ideas you may not have even considered prior to your conversation.
Ask people what they want to read about
I ask the people around me if there is anything specific they would like me to write about, one of my articles called “How to be sincere” was based on a request from a friend of mine and they wanted to know what my thoughts were about the subject. I’ve always been interested in the subject of sincerity, since it’s a part of my integrity, I decided it was a good article to write about and would give me the chance to explore my own ideas of what sincerity means.
Reading articles and books
I get a lot of ideas from reading articles and books. I recently wrote an article called “Are you damaging your imagination and creativity”. This idea was triggered from an article I read about how children playing computer games didn’t use their imagination. From that single idea lead to a culmination of other ideas that went into the article.
Brainstorming ideas to write about
If you really stuck for ideas you can sit down and start brainstorming ideas to write about. You can brainstorm anything, there is no right or wrong way to brainstorm and you can even brainstorm with a friend. Keep going until you have about 30-50 ideas that you can write about. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think they are good ideas, the whole point of the brainstorming sessions is just to come up with the ideas. Write whatever comes into your mind without being critical in anyway, and then before you know it you will have a list of ideas from which you can write about.
Keep a notepad with you
I always have the habit of keeping a notepad with me everywhere I go, it can be something really small that fits into your pocket. So that anytime I get an idea I can jot it down. I then come back to it and review what I have written down, and if it’s a promising idea I’ll write about it. Some of the ideas in your notepad you may never write about. Other ideas, with too small of a scope might not warrant an article and become consolidated together with other ideas.
Always keep a notepad with you wherever you go, because you never know when an idea might pop into your head. By jotting it down there and then, you have captured the idea for later review. There were many times when I had an idea and made a mental note to remember later. Unfortunately later on I could never recall the idea. I’ve lost some really great ideas that have never come back to me.
Some of the ideas you may have may not pan out to be proper articles. I’ve started writing articles based on an initial idea, only to find, that I don’t have much to say about the idea or that I don’t find the idea interesting enough to write about.
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