Let’s have a look at the best ways to generate ideas for a writing project.
Yes, I know that is one the question in the High School English. But I think many are struggling with their writing. So it seemed like a good idea to make a post on what are the three best ways to generate ideas for a writing project?
If you just came here for the answer to that question. It is “Using your own experience, using others’ experiences and doing research”
In case you are here for something more than just to solve a quiz, let’s get into the details on how to generate writing ideas using the question from the high school English test.
What are the three best ways to generate ideas for a writing project?
1. Using your own experience
Dig deep into yourself. Did something happen in the past that might trigger a writing idea?
Maybe you watched a movie, listened to a podcast, read an article – that would spark your writing flame?
The resources from which you can draw and nearly endless. All the books, games and music that you listen to might be an inspiration.
If you are still stuck, check the news. See what is happening in the world.
You have to get some inputs to make some outputs.
2. Using others’ experiences
When you completely depleted your personal knowledge and experience, you may go to others for theirs.
It is staggering to imagine that each and every person has a life of the same complexity as you.
There is even a term for it, it is called sonder.
Imagine all the knowledge and experience that you may get from them. Or maybe combine with yours.
No wonder that interviews are always so popular. It is just so fascinating to know what others went through.
You can write your project around the experiences of others for instance related to a particular event or time.
Others can also trigger new ideas in you that you can work on and develop.
3. Doing research
When the idea sparked inside your head – start researching.
See what was written before, what similar topics are there. Maybe you decide to develop the idea that somebody else had.
Most importantly, you need some fast to build on. You can get those just through research, nothing else.
While it may seem difficult and boring at first, you will be surprised about what happens.
The more you dig deep into your topic of choice, the more branches of your potential project will start to develop.
The main suggestion of them all – start writing.
The topic will never be perfect, the time will never be as you need it.
You just have to start.
Many times I caught myself delaying the start of the project. Worrying that it will be too difficult. Thinking that I have nothing to write about.
That all changes when you start typing/writing. Pieces fall into place.
- Markdown any ideat that you may have, immediately. It may seem that you will remember it, you won’t. Write it in your phone or a dedicated idea notebook that will be with you at all times.
- Don’t throw out unfinished work. Store it somewhere. Never know when you will need it.
- Liked a page / post / article? Bookmark it or copy a link somewhere.
- If the time allows, save your work and re-read it in a day or two. You will be able to improve it significantly.
- Never leave the project at the last minute.
So, this should be enough to answer what are the three best ways to generate ideas for a writing project.
I hope it helps!