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Where Do You Get Your Ideas for Writing?1579

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Writing ideas are not always where you think they are.

How about thinking outside of the box, er, cage sometimes.


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Mscott2097 private msg quote post Address this user
Consuming content that my potential customer would consume helps out alot. The social media, news articles and blogs they read pertaining about their industry or job function has a lot of ideas.
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@Mscott2097

Where do you find that content?

How do you know what it is your customer wants to know/is reading?
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Rev private msg quote post Address this user
One of my favorite sources for general writing ideas is spam email. It is sometimes amazing the gems you find lurking there!
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I read the stuff that makes it thru my spam filter. Get an idea. Then mark it spam and hope I don't hear from them again.
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Damn straight @Rev- Nigeria produces some e-mail copy gold! I find it humorous and cautionary, but not very inspirational.

I get inspiration all the time but I am not the most organized writer. Inspiration tends to hit either at night or early in the morning- when the chaos can be moderated a bit. Sometimes its music, sometimes its the news, sometimes it visual ques... it can come from anywhere and often comes unexpectedly. Its hard for me to approach one topic without wandering a bit in a lot of other areas.
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Lol - just wrote about that this morning (day 18 of #My500Words challenge)..

How Do I Get an Endless Source of Ideas
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Rev private msg quote post Address this user
@jycmba

Awesome post. Thank you for sharing it. I'm going to post the link in a writer's group I frequent.

"Lately, I’ve been sharing Liz Gilbert’s approach of suggesting that the typical “follow your passion” is not only dangerous but may do more harm than good."

I think this concept is overlooked by many who look for, and follow, the easy quips and platitudes so glibly shared by wannabe coaches and self-styled gurus who talk the line but haven't lived it.

I wrote a post a few days ago that, in many ways, dealt with this very issue.

What Should You Really Give Up?

Could there be some kind of confluence going on here now that Nibiru (Planet X) may have actually been (re)discovered?
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I have never bought in to the follow your passion. It sounds like fun but really?
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There are 4 reasons why people read:

To be taught
To be inspired
To be motivated
To be led.

The more you touch on these for your readership the more you will be read.
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When you write to fuel your fire you the writer are at the center.

When you write for your readers, they become the reason.

When your passion is equipping and lifting up your readers then you are on to something.
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KitK private msg quote post Address this user
I have all my major competitor's rss feed showing up on my wordpress dashboard.
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Rev private msg quote post Address this user
@Belew

To be entertained.
To relax.
To escape.

There's probably more. Your four are, of course, the ones of likely first interest to those who write as a "product".
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@KitK

Why? And why not on the public facing side of your site?
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KitK private msg quote post Address this user
Hey @Rev! Because their blog is relevant only to me. I have their RSS there so I can generate ideas from their ideas. My process of generating ideas for posts are none of my visitor's concern.
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