If you have written nonfiction for quite some time, specifically if you have written in a particular niche, chances are you have already felt that ran out of fresh and authentic ideas at any point of your life. If you have tried writing almost all ideas that you can think of and you just don’t know what to publish anymore, probably you have reached to a point of what the industry call as a “dry spell”. However, if you are really experiencing such, more often it seems like you have crash-landed in a desert now knowing what to do. However, you can possibly turn this sandy experience into an oasis.
Reframing what you think great story sources are and how you deal with topics that you cover often can add dynamic and passion to your writing. It can also increase the readers and editor’s interest.
The following are places to search for authentic and new ideas:
- The trash.
In your niche, you have to be mindful of what is labeled with “a problem” or “waste” and what aspects does the majority tries to avoid.
- The old watering hole.
You must never stop at solely interviewing your sources. You can go out to where your sources assemble, spend some of you rime at coffee shops or restaurant where everyone frequently visits during important conferences. Think about what are the hot projects as of the moment.
- Talk to everyone and get to know them more.
On the other end of the spectrum from your usual visitors, you have to talk to them. Do you want to write for consumer-facing publications or trademarks? Then, talk to your clients, suppliers and vendors of the industry.
- Your personal pick.
Begin with having a list and jot down what you think is absurd and must not happen. Take note of the ideas that you will not dare to do. Next is to scale this option and turn the list into what is possible.
Moreover, dry spells embark since the editors and writers eager to assign or write similar kinds of stories all over again. It is possible to acquire a new and fresh topic and provide it a new life through experimenting with some of these methods below:
- Practice ‘serving journalism’
If you have not already done this, begin to pack article data in such a way that the readers can respond to it instantly. Consider bulleted list, tip sheets or resource boxes.
- Go far from the usual.
Utilize reportage and photos for your to deconstruct desk drawers, lunches, briefcases, calendar systems and such, and take a look at the impact of large-scale trends on every vendors, clients or employees.
- Habit contrasting.
Editors are into contrasting for a few reasons and one of them is because it sells. Make an old technique on its head and notice if the concept will fly.
Make those ideas come through.
Maybe to proactively cultivate story ideas is the simplest way to prevent dry spells. To make some ideas, utilize the activities below:
- Constantly expose yourself to new experiences.
- Keep a notebook of a writer and bring it with you all the time to get random research leads or random data.
- Constantly expose yourself to current experiences.
- Purchase at least 5 magazines that you thing are way different from your niche and jot down some insights from this step in your writer’s notebook.
- Have some burning questions in your writer’s notebook as well—such as what angers you? Amazes you? Or provokes you. These kinds of ideas can provoke and elicit strong responses, which can assist you in keeping motivated as you write on your topic and research more about it.