by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Writing content piece after content piece all day can have some writers running out of ideas in no time flat. But it doesn't have to be that way. Forming ideas can be frustrating, but it's actually easier than you think.
Stop over-thinking it! I mean it. Just stop. Some of the frustration in idea-forming comes from analyzing and breaking down every single idea until there is nothing left to work with. Every idea does not have to be "the next big thing" in your head before you write about it. If you thought about it, someone else probably did too -- and they may need your info on it. Just write as the ideas come. There is a such thing as editing, which brings us to the next point.
Just write. You can edit later once the ideas have been placed on paper. If the writing looks like crap, don't worry about that until you are done getting the ideas down. Write what comes to mind, even if it is a huge, unorganized mess. The bad parts can be edited out. If there are too many ideas going on in one piece of writing, they can be split up into more than one piece of writing. just write and don't worry about all of that until it is time for editing and rewriting.
Stop the pressure. Michael Jackson said it best in his song, Scream: "Stop pressurin' me. Just stop pressurin' me. Stop pressurin' me. Make me wanna scream". Stop beating yourself up over forming ideas. Many times, writer's block comes from forcing things too hard. You can't force what isn't there. Just write what is there, even if it isn't related to your current project. You'll soon find when the pressure is gone, the right words will flow.
Go have fun! This may seem counter-productive. But if you are just sitting there banging your head on your desk or laptop, you aren't getting anything done anyway. Sometimes getting out and doing something different can relieve some stress and reveal ideas you hadn't thought of. For me, it never fails. As soon as I get into having fun and doing something else, the words come "interrupting" me and I can concentrate on my work once again.
Look around you. What have you done lately? Recent trips, events, and neighborhood happenings can be good fodder for your writing. have you taught your dog an amazing trick? Were you at your wit's end with a parental issue, only to find an amazing solution? Do you know how to get a particularly tough stain out of anything? Maybe you invented a fabulous meal that your family is raving about. Share those things with the world. Your ideas do not have to be extremely elaborate. People often search for normal, everyday things on the web. we are all different and what may seem a simple solution could be a lifesaver for someone else.
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