We all experience writer’s block at some time. Whether we have a blog post to write, an article to create, or a book to plan we eventually reach a point where we can’t think of anything more to say. Here are ten tips for coming up with new ideas.
- Use the News tab in the Google Search Engine to discover the latest news in your niche. You can also search for “niche name blog” to find the latest topics mentioned on blogs in your niche.
- Read the comments below blog posts and articles in your niche. They often include further thoughts, opinions and point out any errors in the article which can inspire new content.
- Take a look on Twitter to see what topics are currently trending.
- Look for complaints and problems appearing on social networking sites and forums. If you can provide a solution you have a topic you can write about.
- Use mindmapping to connect topics in your niche. You may find connections that inspire ideas or you may find that as you dig deeper into a topic you’ll get more topic ideas.
- Find magazines in your niche (virtual or hard copy) and look at the titles on the front pages. This will show you topics that are currently trending. If that doesn’t give you enough inspiration put the titles into Google and see if the results are more helpful.
- Do you have any previously drafted or unfinished articles? Search through your hard drive, notebooks, or wherever you would create drafts and see if you can uncover something that you could now finish. Perhaps reading this type of material will give you ideas for improvements, alternative angles or perhaps an opportunity to write an updated piece of writing.
- If you have been an expert in your niche for some time it may help to step back and regard your niche as if you were a newbie. Are there basics or terms commonly used in your niche that you could explain?
- Visit a forum or Facebook Group related to your niche and see if there are any topics that are receiving a lot of comments. Particularly look for topics that are generating a lot of debate.
- Is there an anecdote from your experience or from someone else’s that you could use to illustrate a point? Stories involving people in your niche are more likely to hold the attention of your readers than a dry, factual article.
This is a list of just ten possible ways to identify topics. Are there any ways of coming up with topics that have worked for you?