Writing Strategy: On Getting Ideas Out of Thin Air

One challenge a writer needs to face whenever he/she has made the time to write is getting ideas down on paper or lappie. Yes, as if, they are hiding from your mental grasp. Well, this is just a matter of disciplining one’s mind about writing. There are common ways to getting ideas flow, sans making […]

Writing Strategy: On Getting Ideas Out of Thin Air

One challenge a writer needs to face whenever he/she has made the time to write is getting ideas down on paper or lappie. Yes, as if, they are hiding from your mental grasp. Well, this is just a matter of disciplining one’s mind about writing. There are common ways to getting ideas flow, sans making it hard for you getting a chapter filled with necessary word count.

1. Physical environment

Sitting down and writing in front of your lappie means getting yourself busy with composing a paragraph or two. Then, when you are motivated enough, the smooth flow of ideas, as if a faucet has been opened, would be easier a task toward completing your scheduled chapter for the day, week or month.

Comfortable writing nook is vital toward getting your writing done, in no time and then proceed toward more words being spilled on the page of your writing task, sans making yourself feeling the backache, or the like, later.

2. An object of art or memento

Flower vase, wall decor, and other objects around could be springboards to your writing. Associating such to a person, event, date or whatever ideas you can think of would be great starter. Yes, there are always connections between two objects; provided, there is a creative, or critical mind willing to go beyond the mundane things, thinking outside the box, and so on.

3. Recalling experiences

Our mind is repository of events happened to us, or vicariously learned from the experiences of other people around through films, books, actual scenarios, and myriad memories. Good or bad experiences are great sources of ideas for fleshing out our writing.

4. Overheard conversations

Liken to a voice recorder, our mind has the capacity to replay the conversations heard, and words, especially those which had caught our attention due to their relatability to our prior knowledge or newness of such could evoke a feeling or wisdom which could be a springboard to writing.

5. Beyond the window

As we look out the window — and see trees, flowers, clouds, birds, among other things outside — we could have more ideas to get and integrate or develop into our writing. Just a gusp of air could be a great de-stressing technique for writers who love being surrounded with nature, and liken to carrying away negative vibes which hinder one from writing productively.

6. Old books, magazines, photos

Any of these materials could be a springboard for a story through the emotion you are having upon reading, browsing, or seeing those. Yes, connecting the thoughts you are having at the moment to a person, event and so on could be a great way toward getting ideas for your writing task at hand.

There you go. With those mentioned idea generating objects around, we, writers are blessed enough to have springboards for writing. What we need is an open mind and appreciative heart so as to create something out of varied connections gotten from above mentioned objects toward writing our magnum opus, for the world to partake– the fun and wisdom.

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