Have you ever run out of things to say?
One day your ideas are overflowing like honey and the next day you run out of things to say. Perhaps when you are relax the most and when you’re not in front of your computer is when the light clicks in your mind. For me, the light hits when I’m in the middle of cooking dinner or maybe I’m in the shower or perhaps I just woke up in the morning.
And so it’s always a good idea to have your iPhone or Smartphone on hand. If you have the device that can be activated by voice, it’s even better. Because you don’t have to text it. Only speak to it. But I normally just jot down what’s on my mind on my yellow notepad on my iPhone.
How do you brainstorm what to write next?
Some people get their ideas from reading their Twitter. It’s like a newspaper headline. You scanned through it pretty quickly. However, for me, the best place for me to brainstorm an idea is when I participate in a community discussion. For instance, in Linkedin or Google Plus. I sometime go through my headlines in Google+. And if something interest me, I will follow the link. Or I will join in the conversation. But I don’t do this very often. I have only so much hours in a day. And so oftentimes, the best place for me to hangout for a discussion is Linkedin.
In Linkedin, I joined several communities that is related wth my business and niche. And Linkedin is pretty good in sending you the latest topic or discussion on that day. I glanced through all my emails and if something interest me, I will mark my email with either a yellow star or a red star. That means the email needs attention and I need to read what’s in there.
So many people are asking questions.
Not just a boring question. But something that is very intriguing. Sometimes I will comment once or twice and the rest I will read their comments and get my ideas from there.
Other places where you can get ideas to write next is by simply gazing the Ask.com or the Forum of some sort. WarriorForum I heard is one of the best place to get ideas what to write next. But I’ve only been there a couple of times and the forum is really not my favorite place to hangout. But it works to some people. So, pick the best social media you want to hangout. Either Google Plus, Linkedin, or a forum…there are plenty of ideas around.
Sometimes when I read my eBooks is when ideas starts to come in. You can write about what you’ve learned from that eBook. You can say your opinion or do you agree or disagree with the author. When you disagree, that’s the best time to do your research.
Write whatever goes in your mind.
Don’t worry about the context or words in your writing. Even if it didn’t make any sense, just keep on writing. If you have WordPress, you can create several drafts and it’ll be sitting in your folder until you are ready to finish it all the way.
If you are planning on updating your blog every 4-5 days and say you schedule it every Monday and Thursday, make sure you have about 6-8 drafts sitting in your folder. Create as much drafts as you like. The more the better. You can always change the title.
With me, I have several drafts unfinish. Sometimes I’d be writing one topic and then I ran out of things to say. So I leave it for awhile and come back to it later when I have more things to say. Many times when I re-read my draft from beginning to end, more ideas pop out and so it’s always nice to leave it sometimes for a day or two and so this way, you are not stressing yourself too much on what to write next. Keeping your blog on a consistent basis is important. And so you better make sure you have several drafts in your folder.
So what do you do when you ran out things to say?
Can you give us a few pointers based from your experience? I’m anxious to hear from you. What you do during brainstorming what to write next. Share with me more and make a comment below.