If you are a creative person or a writer, you already know how finding ideas for your writing goal can be challenging sometimes.
Ideas are very important to creative works. ideas are the backbone of creative works, they are the core messages you wish to pass across to your audience, it determines the wordings, lyrics, colours or images you will use in your creative works.
If you are a content creator like me, that struggle sometimes to come up with ideas of what to write about, below are some places I explore when I’m in short of what next to write about you can find great ideas to write about.
1. Post or book
One of the best places to find ideas for your creative works is in posts or books. You may be asking, am I supposed to copy other people’s ideas or works?
It’s legal to copy other people’s ideas, knowledge and insights. Copy as much as you can from post or books you read, bring the whole idea into your world and redefine it, this is one piece of advice that changed how I deal with the act of creative works.
Many people struggle to deal with this, some creative people still believe that once someone has written about a subject there’s no need for them to write about it, this is one of the reasons why most people don’t do some of the things they are passionate about, they don’t act simply because they already see people doing what they wish to do, they think doing the same thing won’t make a difference in the world.
The thing is, every subject that hasn’t been written by you is worth writing by you and should be written by you, there are great chances that your perception of an idea or subject can reveal a new or thoughtful meaning about that subject.
It doesn’t matter who has written about a subject, no one can brag about having the last wisdom on any topic.
With our differences in culture, beliefs, environment and other factors, there is always a unique perception we can bring to the table on any subject.
Every great writer out there, even those that have written a best seller, understands this fact, that copying other people’s work is acceptable. Copying is part of creativity, it’s also the act of promoting good thoughts and ideas.
2. Your Imaginations
You can imagine great things that do not exist and make them look like they do, you can do that with your imagination.
If you have ever read fiction writings before, you will understand what I mean, fictions are people’s imagination of possibilities and impossibilities.
Everybody can imagine things, we all have imagination, and there are lots of thoughtful things you can imagine and share with the world.
3. Conversations With Friends
Conversations are one place to find great ideas for writing.
It can be a conversation with friends, colleagues, or a stranger, the conversation can reveal to you a perception about a subject the way you would have never thought of looking at the subject.
I don’t know how your conversations with your friends go, maybe you guys enjoy talking about technology, or Business, or politics, or even s*x, whatever it is that you talk about most, if you observe, you will discover that there are lots of things you can share with your audience, from every deep or casual conversation you have with someone.
4. Past experiences
Being an adult is proof that you have travelled 18 times around the sun. For really, you have gathered experiences as you sojourned around the sun.
You have lived an active life for years now, you have made mistakes, faced challenges, overcame difficulties, learnt lessons and achieved victories in so many aspects.
What if you share these stories to inspire people that are finding it difficult to feel a sense of belonging in this life? what if you share your experience to help guide the younger generations? Your experience in the past is one place to find some great inspiring stories and ideas to share with the world.
Think of how you have acted at a certain point in your life, and think of what you did wrong and what you did right, these are great ideas you can share with your audience that can help them make better decisions in their journey through life.
5. Movies or Youtube videos
Movies are powerful methods of communicating ideas, it paints ideas in images.
Here is how you can go about finding ideas for the next movie you watch, when you watch an informative, educative or inspiring movie, take notes of the ideas as they come to you and write about them
You need to be conscious of getting these ideas, but trust me there are lots of ideas that can be picked from most of these movies we watch.
When you gather up all these ideas, you can review them, redefine them, spice them up with your knowledge and experiences and put them out to the world.
6. Audio Recording or Podcast
Like I said earlier, we all have a unique perception to bring to any subject we jump into, you can bring a new perception to whatever you have listened to.
When you listen to a good podcast or radio show, take notes and translate all the ideas into written content.
Some people still prefer reading to listening if you feel that what you just listened to will benefit people, convert the ideas into writing and help the ideas spread.
There is a limit to how many people a radio station or podcast can reach, but by expanding the ideas in it, through your writings you are also helping the ideas spread more.
You can give credit where necessary or better still, give yourself credit for being creative.
What I have shared here are some of the ways I find ideas to write about daily.
They might look common to you, but the thing is, great things in life are made of common things and are found in common places.
If you give attention to some common things you do daily, you will find common ideas that can make up thoughtful and uncommon writings.
What are the ways you find ideas for writing? Share in the comment below.