Nine ideas for inspiring writing

Mum and I are both authors – she writes fiction and I write non-fiction.

In deciding what to contribute for a guest post, I asked mum what subject she would find most useful. She answered that her greatest challenge was coming up with new ideas.

I can certainly relate. I often struggle with generating ideas for my blog. In today’s world, where we self-publish online in blogs and social media, producing fresh content on a regular basis can be quite challenging.

So, mum gave me the idea of writing about… well, ideas and how to get them. Here’s nine to start the conversation, I’d love to hear your ideas too.

1. Ask your audience.

It may be helpful to ask your target audience – for me, that’s other writers – what they would like to read. If an audience member suggests a subject (like my mum did) other readers will probably relate too.

2. Tell the story again.

American journalist Barbara Grizzuti Harrison said: “There are no original ideas. There are only original people.” Even if a subject has been covered a thousand times, you have a unique voice and perspective. As a writer, your voice is your greatest asset. So, be yourself, feel the fear and do it anyway.

3. Start tweeting.

If you’re a writer, you have to be on twitter. Twitter is like Disneyland for us. There are so many wonderful people and so much great content, it’s a virtual treasure chest of ideas.

4. Share a secret.

In her autobiography, Australian publishing icon Ita Buttrose disclosed she was once so angry with a former boss that she wrote his name on a piece of paper and stuck pins in it. This confession not only surprises the reader but shows Ita’s humanity. Readers empathise with human frailty. The truth is very powerful.

5. Think like a journalist.

If you generally write opinion in your blog – and most of us do – get inspired by journalism. You could produce a feature about a local event or interview a person relevant to your readers and write a Q&A piece.

6. Explore a new genre or medium.

Writers are artists, we use words like a sculptor uses clay. Experimenting with a different genre or medium can be fun and produce some interesting content too. If you usually write non-fiction, why not try fiction? How about photography or producing a video? You may even discover a hidden talent or passion.

7. Voice your views.

Share your thoughts about news and current affairs. Even if everyone is talking about the Royal Wedding, for example, you bring a distinctive voice to the conversation.

8. Find inspiration in the everyday.

French author Anais Nin said: “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” A poem on a fridge, a conversation with a friend, a sentence in a book – all have inspired ideas for my blog.

9. Don’t Google it.

The first thing writers tend to do is research. But if you Google your idea, you’ll find it has already been written about. So, just write from the heart. Even if the idea is unoriginal, you are an original person. Your writing will be original if you write first and Google later.

This post was originally written for American publishing house Our Little Books. Our Little Books is dedicated to producing educational, inspirational and fun little books with a big message. You can follow @ourlittlebooks on twitter or like Our Little Books on Facebook. Here is the orginal post: Nine ideas for original writing

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosaline says:

    First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you
    don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.

    I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting
    my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like
    the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

    Many thanks!

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  2. Fran says:

    Excellent web site you have got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours these days.
    I honestly appreciate individuals like you!
    Take care!!

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  3. Sofia says:

    I found your tips really helpful, especially the last one, it is spot on. There is nothing more disappointing than thinking you’ve just come up with the most creative idea only to find that there are a million hits on the same idea on google.

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    1. Hi Sofia,
      Thanks so much for your comment and I’m glad you found the post useful. I agree, I’ve had that disheartening experience all too often. One last tip for you… just keep writing! It’s like anything – the more you write, the more confident and proficient you become. Best wishes 🙂

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  4. Mark Ragan says:

    Thanks for recommending my Twitter feed. I love your post and agree with all of your suggestions. I also find Twitter to be an amazing resource for ideas and inspiration.

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    1. Hi Mark, really glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for taking the time to comment and thanks too for following me back 🙂 Very happy to recommend your twitter feed, I find your links really informative and useful. You’ve inspired me to start writing more about public relations. In fact, I’m working on a post right now… stay tuned 🙂

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  5. Paul Welch says:

    Really enjoyed the post! Thanks for a good read.

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    1. Thanks Paul, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  6. skylah1053 says:

    Ive started a twitter but I must be missing the field day for writers…any recommendations?

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    1. Yes, I do have some recommendations! Here are my favourite tweeps for writers – a mix of fiction writers, journalists, PR pros and bloggers… @miafreedman @mamamia @bronwynclee @trevoryoung @MarkRaganCEO @petecashmore @mashable @lanahirschowitz @JustJack72 and @ourlittlebooks 🙂

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      1. skylah1053 says:

        Thanks! Added. Here’s to inspiration and the sharing of art.

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