In previous articles, I’ve covered specific processes I use for being productive and fully fleshing out creative content. Today, the last piece of writing an article is uncovered – coming up with ideas.
Ideas were at the basis of anything ever created, and despite struggling at times, I’ve been able to consistently create new articles in a relatively short period of time. Pressure is at the root of writer’s block and force alone rarely leads to desired results.
Without practice, writing isn’t so easy. It only becomes effortless through repetition and by discovering your own, personal workflow. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s not a challenge at times. It certainly is – more often that I’d like.
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Questions are the cornerstone of creativity and by asking specific questions, a particular kind of thinking can be stimulated. This is crucially important because if I focus on what I HAVE to write, I never get anywhere and every single sentence becomes a never-ending task.
Words don’t flow and in case efforts result in an article, I usually can’t relate to it.
Asking the right questions, on the other hand, it’s easier to have ideas, or a starting point. That, and ideas I enjoy writing about.
- Where is my focus at today, this week, or month?
- What am I currently pondering about, what’s bothering or annoying me?
- What is going through my mind that I could capture in a blog post in order to help structure my thoughts?
- If I could write about anything – what would I enjoy writing about today?
- What am I happy or grateful about? Could this potentially be converted in an article?
These are all very general questions, but usually good enough to come across valuable ideas. My brain is super-active, there’s always something I’m processing, or want to resolve. Really, if that’s not the case with you, it probably means you’re dead already.
Going a step further, here’s how I dig deeper. That’s also where many of the in-depth articles originated from.
- Which problems/issues have I overcome (recently)?
- What do I want to do in the future and why?
- What are my friends currently dealing with? What are their problems?
- Where have I succeeded, what were the specific mechanics?
- How have I changed over the years? What has changed in life that I haven’t noticed up until now?
No idea is too small, it could be something like having achieved consistency in dieting for a couple of weeks and then looking at HOW that came about, the behavioral changes implemented and lessons learned. The same could be done with a failure – it offers the chance to further analyze the experience.
As soon as I lay hands on an idea, I am ready to rock. Again, the tiniest, most insignificant thing can offer a starting point, something to expand on and explore further.
Additional ideas for writing could include reviews of books read, food consumed, places visited, or services used. Looking at the vast range of options, it seems more difficult NOT to come up with new ideas.