When I initially started blogging, I had a very different approach compared to now.
Every time I would start writing a post, it would start precisely there. I’d do everything at once. Come up with the topic, do the research, set an outline and then finally get down to the writing part.
As the blog has progressed, this little ritual of mine has changed drastically.
My phone, iPod, Evernote, notebooks and god knows what else are FULL of ideas for future articles. This is something I think every single blogger should do.
Not only does it make the writing process itself a lot easier, but it helps against “writer’s block” extremely efficiently.
It’s hard to claim you have “writer’s block” when you have 76 different article topics in front of your, on your cellphone.
How I Do It (Most of the time)
This has turned into a ritual on its own by now.
One example would be when I was staying in Budva, Montenegro and on a Friday night promised a friend in Romania that I would go clubbing that night. I’m not much of a club-guy so that’s why he kept pushing me.
I walked around the clubbing area for at least two hours, pointing out faults to myself about every single place.
Eventually I got sick of wandering and said screw it, I’m going to be productive on a Friday night, in the middle of ridiculously loud clubs with horrible music, at 11:32 PM.
I went to a beach bar that was just closing, ordered a beer and just sat down there.
I sat there for two beers, about 46 minutes and in that time I managed to write down over 50 article ideas, right then and there. I’ve only scrapped a few of those, as “bad ideas” so far.
In fact, this very post was created in my mind, in that very beach bar.
Apply This Everywhere
You can apply this concept almost anywhere.
I’ve done it in a random bar in Podgorica, I’ve done it at 3 AM at night when I couldn’t get sleep, I did it when flying from Istanbul to Montenegro and I’d be doing it right now, if I wasn’t writing this blog post.
Whenever you’re feeling useless, and can’t think of anything else to do… Just pull up your phones notes, a waiters pad or notebook and start scribbling down random ideas that come to your mind.
Not Just Article Topics
I’m using these as an example, because that’s what I’ve been doing seriously for the past few months.
But this isn’t the only thing you can apply this to.
You could do:
- Business ideas
- Niche sites
- Marketing strategies
- Travel plans
Train Your Idea-muscle
In James Altucher’s book “Choose Yourself” he kind of covers the same thing.
He calls it the “idea-muscle” and like every other muscle, you have to train it, otherwise it will atrophy.
This can be done by writing down 10 different ideas, every single day. I think he also mentioned “first thing in the morning” but that didn’t fit into my plans, haha.
That’s how this brainstorming thing works as well.
The more you do it, the better you get at it. You can see your creative powers going 10x in just a matter of a few days, no joke.
It’s a powerful ritual.
Try it out!