On the lookout for ideas

June 19, 2014

The last nine posts (including this one) were all written in a single afternoon. I was only able to do this because I had all the subjects ready to go.

To me, idea generation is best done all the time. It should be a constant process, a part of your brain that is always on the lookout for good ideas. Whether for a book or a blog or anything else, you should always been on the lookout for things you can use, because if you sit down and try to force yourself to come up with something, it’s hard. Very hard. Some of my most frustrating evenings have come about because I tried to do exactly that.

But once you already have the ideas, it’s wonderful. You’re no longer creating things whole cloth, you’re merely stitching together the ideas you already have. When the act of creation is separated from the heavy lifting of ideation, you can give your full attention to stitching the patterns together rather than constantly having to stop and decide what the patterns you should use.

If you’re writing a book, this means you can write by outline. If you’re writing a blog, it means you’ll always have a post to write, or you can schedule out nine posts and not have to worry about your deadlines for a while.

Always be on the lookout for ideas, so when you go to put pen to the page, you’re not clamoring for your most basic of tools. You’ll have them all laid out in front of you, ready to get to work.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.

1 Comment

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    Zen

    I often get ideas for my own endeavors from the darndest things. Constant, literally 24/7 idea generation comes naturally to me. Random “Aha!” moments all day long while I’m doing something completely unrelated, usually by novel analogy to my current activity- which (If at all possible) I put aside in order to take a brief moment to write down the idea for the fear of forgetting it. I do think that there is a place for dedicated idea generation sessions though because random idea generation is…well…random. I can tell you through experience that you aren’t always going to simply stumble upon that perfect solution to the problem at hand even if you’re a natural at constant random idea generation. So it’s important to be good at sitting back and brainstorming as well because frequently the reality is that you simply will be forced to do it…

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