Stuck with your writing? Here’s how to find new ideas

by Adedotun Adejoorin

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There are times when you land a fantastic idea and you are excited to write. This idea may come to you in the weirdest places and when it happens there is a certain joy you have. It’s like you hit jackpot and you just want to express what was impressed in your heart. You know this is going to be a good story.

But what happens after that? Will you wait for another idea to come while your deadline is screaming at you? Absolutely NOT.

This is what you have to do:

  1. You go out and SEARCH for a story: We do not literally mean go outside your house or office except of course you need to do that to get ideas. But you can’t sit at your desk and waiting for ideas to come. You have to be proactive about it.
  1. Learn to observe your environment keenly: Don’t live or stay in a place in isolation. Keep your ears to the ground. Be sensitive to your environment, events, people and conversations around you. You can always get what to write about from things like this. Be alert.  
  1. Have a note pad: Ideas may come to you at the weirdest of times and if you don’t have somewhere to jot them you just may lose them. Don’t think too highly of your ability to remember everything. Let your note pad be your friend and jot down every idea that comes up whether or not it makes much sense to you. You do not have to use all at once but you can be sure of something to fall back to when you are dry of ideas. This is what Aristotle Onassis, a legendary Greek shipping tycoon, said about note pads.

 “Always carry a notebook. Write everything down. When you have an idea, write it down. When you meet someone new, write down everything you know about them. That way you will know how much time they are worth. When you hear something interesting, write it down. Writing it down will make you act upon it. If you don’t write it down you will forget it.”

  1. Read wide: Reading broadens your mind and keeps you informed on the latest trend in your niche. When you read up a story on popular magazine or websites in your niche, localize the story and relate it to your direct readers. This way you bring a new angle and keep the story fresh. For example if you are a finance expert you can localize the story on the depleting national income and explain how it affects small and medium scale business owners.

With these tips, you should never be stuck again.

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