6 Tips for Writing Content Regularly
Okay, you need three to five new ideas for articles, all on the same general topic. Go… Now here’s where we separate the people who have to come up with regular content all the time from the people who don’t. The people who have things they want to write about but can never get around to it can probably start listing ideas off the top of their head. The people who have to do this for a living, or at least as a part of their job, just groaned in mock agony. Generating new ideas regularly can be rough, whether you’re doing it for blog posts, social media posts, videos, memes, newsletters, art, or anything else you can imagine. Waiting for inspiration to strike is, for the most part, a sucker’s game. If you want that lightning, you’re going to have to make like a scientist and shoot off a few rockets, metaphorically speaking. 1. Make it Your Livelihood Okay, this is the nuclear option. You probably shouldn’t start here. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about just how fast your brain can work when you don’t have a choice. When your rent is on the line, you’ve got a special kind of motivation to pump out ideas. You start to consider ideas you might have passed up as “too weird”, or “too boring” before. Then you find a way to make those articles work. And you find new ways to come up with ideas. You find yourself doing some of your best—and sometimes worst—work in the middle of the night, because that’s when things finally clicked. 2. Dedicate Some Time to Idea Generation Looking for new ideas is a mindset, not just something you do. Some people are in this state of mind at all times, every day. For those of us who aren’t Elon Musk, it takes a bit more scheduling. Set aside some time to look for new ideas: Search the Internet; see what other people have been writing about; stop and ask yourself questions like, “What most interests me about my chosen theme, these days?”. Put yourself in an inquisitive, creative mindset. Now, you may or may not come up with all of the ideas you need in one sitting. However, dedicating some time to getting your brain in gear can help you come up with new ideas throughout the next day or so. Then you just come back and write them down as soon as you can. Having a note taking app on your phone can help with this. 3. Write From the Heart As a writer, as a reader, and occasionally as an editor, I prefer articles with passion in them. It’s far more entertaining to read articles by people who clearly feel strongly about their chosen topic. Sure, those strong feelings can lead to biased opinions, but I like it better when they actually have opinions. Writing, or vlogging, meme-ing, or whatever, about topics that get your brain moving at full speed is a good way to make great content. That’s not to say that you can’t write about things that are less interesting to you, or that you don’t have a lot of experience with. If it’s your job, you might have to. This is where thorough research will save your rear end. But ideally, write what you know and love. 4. Follow the Trends From a Distance Okay, trends can always give you something to write about. However, don’t just repeat what other people have said. Try to add something new to the conversation. Reference…
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