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One Surefire Way to Find New Writing Ideas


Are you struggling to come up with new writing ideas?

Try thinking of how your usual writing topic could relate to anything you watch or read.

You can try this while watching TV news reports or while reading a magazine article. You can also consider how your topic might fit in with a scene from a TV show or movie.

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Connect Ideas

The key to finding new ideas to write about is to be more open-minded. There’s always the possibility two topics that seem unrelated to each other might have a common link.

When you’re open to this possibility, you start to look for such connections.

Suddenly, it becomes easier for you to find new ideas. And possible ideas for new blog posts and articles seem to pop up during random times or in random places. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a Notes app on your mobile phone or a pen and a small notepad readily available.

Connect With New Readers

Connecting your topic with a seemingly different topic can also expand your audience. This may look like more people subscribing to your blog, more writing clients and/or more people buying your books.

Curiosity is Your Friend: An Example

Let’s say you write about parenting. Many parenting articles focus on daily routines and common problems that come up while trying to love, teach and support your kids.

Now let’s say you’re watching the latest viral YouTube video. Or maybe you’re watching popular TV footage or YouTube videos from the past year or so.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the parent of a viral video star? Some parents have filmed their kids, and created videos that end up going viral.

But what is it like to be minding your own business and to wake up one day and find out that your kid is now known as “Damn Daniel” or “Alex From Target”?

You could write a magazine article or a parenting blog post about the good and bad things that happen when your kid has his or her 15 minutes of fame.

So, the next time you’re watching or reading something, ask yourself: “What does this have to do with my writing topic?” Finding a common link could lead you to more readers and clients.

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