How to Never Run Out of Writing Ideas
Here’s how to turn your mind into an idea-generating machine
One of the first challenges almost any writer faces is some sort of writer’s block. We start a blog or even writing a book full of enthusiasm but soon face the fear of not knowing what to write.
I’ve been there as well, and I know how much it sucks. The (digital) blank page and not knowing what to write about are the scariest things for any content creator. But good news: There are some quite easy ways to generate tons of writing ideas.
I’ve been using these strategies since I first started writing around two years ago. In the meantime, I published a book of more than 400 pages and more than 300 blog posts on various platforms, so they definitely work well for me, and I’m convinced they can help any writer to get rid of the virtual blank paper and find joy in creating great stuff.
What Do You Talk About on a Saturday Night?
Or: what could you literally talk about forever?
If you can talk about something for a long time, you can also write about it. And more importantly: If you’re often talking about something, the odds are big that you actually have something to say about that topic.
Simon Sinek once said the following:
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
And I sincerely believe this quote particularly applies to writing. I hate writing about topics I’m not passionate about.
Sometimes, I have an idea that I think is great, and I start writing a post, but soon I realize that I actually don’t like the topic I’m writing about. In that case, you have two options: keep fighting through the post or ignoring the sunk cost and writing a new post that you’re more passionate about. In my experience, the latter is more effective and leads to better results.