For those of us in the Northeast, it has been a long, cold winter. Lately it seems that my writing inspiration is frozen in my yard under the layer of snow that won’t seem to go away. At times like this, I have a go-to list of ways to get some fresh ideas.
Read the News
Breaking away from reading news feeds that are focused solely on communication topics and reading a general news source can really help reset my thinking. My favorites are the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and NPR. This also allows me to step away from the computer to read something in print or listen to the radio, which also helps to rejuvenate my thinking.
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator
One of many free tools offered by Hubspot, is a blog topic generator. Enter a few nouns that you like to write about and the tool comes up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles. Of these, I generally find that one or two inspire a great post.
Interview an Expert
I meet interesting people all the time but rarely take the time to explore their expertise. When I am stumped for content, I reach out and ask for an interview. The conversation is always inspirational and most often something emerges that makes a great post.
Invite Guest Posts
Guest bloggers add a fresh perspective and – no small thing – do the writing for you. Sometimes a break from the writing routine is the best way to get out of a rut. I also find that guest bloggers trigger new ideas for my own posts. Win-win, for sure.
As a WordPress blogger, I can reblog posts from other WP blogs literally with the click of a button. I used to see that as cheating, but now I see it as a way to help other bloggers reach more readers. The down side is that re-blogs are immediate and I tend to try to schedule my posts over the course of a week.
How do you get fresh ideas for your writing? I’d appreciate it if you would share a tip or two here.