There will be times when you struggle to come up with ideas for your articles. Where can you get new ideas that inspire you? The age-old advice, “Write what you know,” still holds true, and when you look at your life from a fresh perspective, ideas are everywhere.
Tell others about the work that you do everyday. Whether you work in retail, drive a taxi, or care for the elderly, you have special knowledge, or unique stories, based on your work experience. What questions do you hear everyday from customers, or acquaintances? If one person asks, then you can be certain that many others would be interested in the answer. Those stories, and the answers to those questions could be the starting point for great articles.
Does your job require special training or ongoing education? If you attend meetings or conferences, there are probably topics that you could report on, that others would be interesting in learning about. After you read your company’s newsletter, scan it with the eyes of a writer. Maybe you could explain your company’s new product, or discuss how a new industry regulation will affect the average consumer.
What activities are you passionate about? Do you spend your hard-earned money or lose yourself for hours during your free time? You may think that your stamp collection is boring, but someone is probably searching the internet to find out more about stamps. The article ideas are endless: How do you get started? What are the minimum supplies you’ll need? Can you provide tips or tricks for those who are interested in this hobby? If you researched and learned how to build your own garden pond, you now have advice to offer about building and maintaining such a pond.
Your Own Questions
Chances are, you’ve turned to an internet search engine lately, for answers to your own questions. Did you find the answers you were looking for? If so, someone wrote for the web pages where you found the answers. That means there is a market for you to summarize your own findings. If you didn’t find the answers you sought, why not be the author who provides them to others? When you are planning a major purchase, do you research to find just the right model for you? Publish your findings to help others make similar purchasing decisions.
Ideas From Daily Life
Great article ideas are all around you everyday, if you are adept at recognizing them. You attend a meeting of your local government, and your neighbor asks you about the decisions made at the meeting. Put that information into an article. Had a great time at the local street festival? Others in your area may be wondering if they should go. You hire a contractor to perform work around your house, and you wish you could tell everyone what a great job they did. Maybe they told you about a new product that you love. Put it all in writing. Do you run, meditate, or bargain-shop everyday? Share your experience. Do your friends see you as the “Go-to person” for decorating ideas or car repair? Summarize your best tips. If your best friend deserves to be recognized for their achievements or humanitarian efforts, tell all about it.
Fresh writing ideas are abundant in daily life. When you are at a loss for ideas, or you want to take your writing in a new direction, start with these suggestions. With just a little focus, you will soon have more ideas than ever, and perhaps, your own list of suggestions to aid your fellow writers.