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Friday, July 04, 2014

The 3 Step Process For Turning Writer's Block Into Idea Overload

Today I have a syndicated guest article for you from Ruth Barringham.

Ruth was my co-author on The Wealthy Writer, a guide to making money writing for online markets published by my blog sponsors The WCCL Network.

In her eye-opening post, Ruth suggests some simple but effective techniques for generating ideas for new writing projects...

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Wanting to write but not knowing what to write about causes instant writer's block.

It's so hard when you want to write but you have no ideas at all.

So when this happens, how do you find ideas, and, once you have them, where do you go from there?
If you want to find an abundance of ideas to write about and be able to get more any time you want, then here is an easy 3 step process for not only finding ideas but how to use them. And this process works for writing fiction and non-fiction.

Step 1. Before you can begin to find an idea for your writing, you need to know where to look. This is the easy part because all your research can be done online.

Just go online and do a Google search in places that can spark your creativity. You can start by looking through all the articles on This will give you ideas about subjects you can write about.

Another great place for research is You can not only search the book titles and back page blurbs, but also use the 'search inside' option to get even more ideas.

To help with an idea for writing fiction, you can also do a search online for art galleries and see if any of the paintings or sculptures sparks an idea.

Step 2. Keep an 'Ideas' notebook. This is a place where you record all your ideas as you get them, with the emphasis on 'when you get them.' Don't make the mistake of thinking that you'll remember an idea. You won't. So write it down. Also write down a summary of what your idea is about and everything that occurs to you at the time, because, as I've already said, you'll soon forget it all.

Step 3. Choose which idea you want to work on and flesh it out into a detailed outline of your next best seller. Just work on it bit by bit until you have a full story or enough information for a non-fiction book. Once you start writing an outline or drawing up a mind map of characters and scenes you'll have it finished faster than you think.

And then all that's left to do is write your book, which will be easy if you have a full outline to follow. You can relax into your writing knowing that the planning is done, the idea is written down and all you have to do is write it up.

It's not difficult to find ideas for writing. All you have to do is start to look.

Once you have your ideas book, you can browse through it anytime you feel stuck and need some inspiration.

Just remember to write down every idea you have and don't let any get away.

An idea is a gift. You didn't ask for it. You didn't pay for it. It was simply given to you. So treat it like a gift and use it straight away. Write it down so that you can keep it.

And if you follow this simple 3 step process, you'll turn writer's block into idea overload.

Your only problem then (if you can call it a problem), is which idea to use first?

About the Author: This article was written by Ruth Barringham, author of "Goodbye Writer's Block: How to Be a Creative Genius and Have an Abundance of Ideas Plus the Inspiration and Motivation to Write". You can find this ebook and other books for writers at the Cheriton House Publishing website as well as free audio downloads and free ebooks for writers.
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Thank you to Ruth for an interesting article.

I agree absolutely with her about the need for every writer to carry a notebook. Personally I have a number scattered around the house, anywhere (and I mean anywhere!) I think inspiration might strike.

It's sad but true that if you don't make a note of an idea when and where it occurs to you, in many cases you will have completely forgotten about it later.

If you have any comments about this article please do post them below, although as I am on holiday this week I may not be able to approve them immediately.

Photo by Urbanworkbench on Flickr, reproduced under a Creative Commons license.

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