Writers can sometimes run out of new material. There’s no shame in admitting it. Creativity is not a bottomless well. All writers at some point, struggle to find the next headline. You may feel your writing has gone stale.
Maybe you’re simply struggling to breathe life into your writing.
It’s no wonder, when blogging requires you to post content three times a week or more. Not forgetting that the content has to be of superb quality and extremely helpful for its readers.
Which begs the question – how can writers, and bloggers specifically, continue to create top-notch content, and avoid rehashing old topics?
And where on earth do really successful bloggers find their material?
Your online imagination
Much of the advice concerning how to generate ideas for new posts involves where to search on the Internet. Common suggestions include checking out other blogs, participating in forums, and joining Facebook groups in your niche.
All of these methods work well.
Despite being insanely useful, however, the Internet doesn’t always provide the inspiration a writer needs.
It is, after all, merely a fabricated version of reality. We use the Internet to document our real-life experiences, populating its virtual space with our interpretation of events.
Living through the Internet
Writers, by their nature, are obsessed with the romantic image of sitting alone in a room, trying to solve life’s riddles. The Internet allows this perception to become a reality, connecting writers in some form to what’s going on in the real world, while never providing an exact replica.
It’s so easy now to experience life from your living room. To remain plugged into events from the comfort of your armchair. There’s almost no need to go outside.
If all we’re doing is living through the Internet, racking our brains for new things to write about, we’re ignoring the biggest source of material we have.
Real life, and the world right outside the door.
Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs knew that (even if they didn’t have the internet!). The ‘Beat’ generation of authors knew that to write from the sidelines wasn’t good enough.
They needed to be the protagonist of their prose, the flawed heroes in their remarkable stories. They needed to live the kind of lives that would ultimately breathe reality into their work.
As a writer, there’s no substitute for first-hand experience. It creates the kind of writing that’s otherwise so hard to fictionalize.
Go out and get inspired!
The best way to fuel your writing ideas is to get out and do something completely different. I’m planning to go on a Jack the Ripper walking tour in London. Maybe that will spark a darker side of my writing imagination!
If you’re struggling for new writing material, I recommend getting away from the computer and experiencing real life. Say yes to some of those opportunities that you’ve missed because of work.
Take friends up on their offer of a drink. Attend a writing group and talk to other writers in person. It can provide excellent material for a new post.
Merely take a walk, and observe the ebb of flow of life. It’s a wonderful way of stimulating your creativity.
Writers who are struggling for inspiration must stop looking within themselves and start absorbing the world around them. Say yes to the opportunities that could make a brilliant post!
Are you ready to breathe new life into your writing? Share in the comments.