“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” -Orson Scott Card
I want to write an article a day (at least a draft). Some writers I’ve read have written 3–6 articles a day.
Where did they get their ideas from so fast? How did I get to that level?
Not too long ago, I discovered James Altucher’s article: “The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine.” In this article, Altucher teaches readers how writing merely 10 ideas a day can change their lives. I quickly purchased a fresh new notebook and jotted down ideas myself.
Some days, I didn’t write 10 ideas. They were days I missed, days I wrote only two, and others I wrote over 30. Not every idea was an awesome one. The point was to get my creative thinking running.
The more ideas I wrote, the more my idea notebook became a convenient guide for choosing the next article to write in less than a minute.
600 Ideas?! Say What?
From late March 2018 to early May 2018, I wrote over 600 ideas. How in the world did I manage this feat?
3. Google News
4. People: For example, my little sister was suffering from horrible spring allergies. I researched and wrote a small (unpublished) article about strengthening the immune system.
5. Playing video games like Overwatch, Minecraft, and Skyrim.
6. Questionnaires: Google (How to), Quora, online forums.
7. Social media sites (Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.)
8. TV and movies
9. While showering
I realized most of my ideas were under the following interests:
2. Cursed Objects
3. General weird news
4. Haunted Places
5. New Age topics (chakras, astral travel, multi-dimensions, etc.)
8. Urban legends
9. Video Games
Ideas are infinite! Grab one, go with it, and see where it takes you.