Here are a few brainstorming techniques I use when I'm stuck in a rut.
Whip out a piece of paper and write a word (preferably one that's related to your blog's niche). What does that word make you think of? Write that down. What does the next word make you think of? Write that down. And so on and so forth. No matter what, don't stop. Keep going until you find a word/topic you'd like to write about. :)
Here's my list:
I'm a very visual person who happens to own several social media accounts that have photos with the potential to inspire me. I use them. And you should too. Scroll through your Pinterest, Tumblr, We Heart It, or even Instagram feed to gather ideas. I find this especially helpful when I want to write something very visual for a book scene I'm working on, but don't feel like I have the right details in mind. :)
Take a look at my photographic inspiration board on Pinterest if you're in search of inspiration.
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Look at the world around you and ask questions. Change your perspective. Hang upside down. Close your eyes and breathe. Leave the house, take a walk. Use a new approach.
"Why is the sky blue?"
"Where do the birds go when it's cold?"
"Is our earth really round?"
"How is glitter made?"
Et cetera, et cetera.
Write down your questions and discoveries to get yourself thinking as you search for answers.
Create a word map. Start with a central idea (for example we'll use blogging) then have several related topics branching off from it. From each of those topics, add a few sub specific sub topics. Here's a graphic presentation:
And there you have it. Four unique brainstorming techniques. Comment below which one is your favorite.
If you need more help finding your muse, check out my post, 7 Ways To Seek & Find Your Inspiration. :)
What has your brain stormed today?
Thanks for reading!
xx Nicole Rose