I got this response one day to may daily “Who can I help” post on twitter:
@AnneWayman you could help me by telling me how to come up with ideas when I’ve already written 20 articles about the same thing…
Melanie Jones who blogs at It’s all a bit Pony and Trap
Melanie assured me she’s getting paid well enough for these articles, but not surprisingly, was feeling a bit stuck to write more and keep them fresh.
I didn’t record my answers, but here’s the sort of idea generators I may have suggested:
- Make a bulleted list or several of them. I find it’s fairly easy to build on each item. I could go into more detail here as an example, but I won’t.
- Take a walk. Almost anything that gets me moving helps freshen my mind which usually results in new ideas.
- Let the project rest overnight, or even longer. Not always possible, but always helps spark fresher writing for me.
- Work on a totally different writing project for an hour. I keep severeal assignments going at once so when I slow down on one, I have something to switch to. Writing on a different topic or taking a break with something like CreativeCopyChallenge truly helps.
- Read the first piece I’ve written in the series to see what else I might write about. I can’t think of an idea that doesn’t have many more ideas within it to write about.
Ideas are everywhere. I’d forgotten, but I wrote 33 Ways to Find Blog Ideas To Write About awhile back year ago. I’m tickled that they all seem valid today.