If you are a blogger or freelance writer, you need to write. If you are a blogger, your audience wants you to write new content. And if you are a freelance writer, your clients expect you to write – and so does your bank balance. In short, there is a lot of demand for you to write, but it’s not always that easy.
In my experience, one of the biggest problems is creative slumps when you don’t know how else to approach a subject. Writing on the same subject happens a lot.
For instance, I have a client who constantly requests self-improvement articles based around the very tight niche of Law of Attraction. After almost a year of daily requests, it’s hard to think up original angles to take in an article.
I also run a few full-time blogs – one focused on attraction tips for men and one focused on happiness, and it can be hard to come up with unique angles for those blogs too, even though they are focused on a little broader of a topic.
And, even when I come up with new angles, my creative side still needs to be present in order to write the article, add unique stories or thoughts to it, and make it somewhat interesting.
To try to overcome this, I’ve tried to do a number of different things:
- Watching TV to get new ideas and thoughts and relate them to my niche.
- Going to forums and listening to people talk about the topic I need to write about.
- Getting out of the house and observing people.
- Using tarot cards (yes, I’m into those) to create new stories.
- Using interesting images to create new stories.
And most recently, I’ve bought a little book called 642 Tiny Things To Write About. And I do mean little. I thought it was going to be much bigger, but it’s smaller than the full length of my hand.
This little book is full of little writing prompts to help you think outside the box and turn on your creativity mind.
The first thing in the book is about fortune cookies, and without any trouble at all, it helped me write a few posts for my blogs based around the idea of fortune cookies. So, right there, it paid for itself!
Following is a blank page that I haven’t gotten to yet. I can think of about 10 different endings to the first writing prompt. How about you? I can also think of a few stories that could apply to my niche blogs.
And the last story is just a great way to get creative and start coming up with new ideas and thinking outside of the box. For me, creating fictional stories is a great way to get more creative and come up with ideas. Probably because I pull on a lot of nonfiction experiences, which brings back memories and ideas.
As of now, I have quite a few writing exercises to go through with this little book, so I don’t think I’ll be stumped for ideas for a while. I highly recommend it! It’s one of the easiest and most dependable sources for turning on my creative mind that I’ve found so far.
How about you? Share in the comments below how you get creative and come up new ideas for your writing.
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