Issue #19: Developing Ideas

How do writers come up with all their ideas? Well, the process can vary widely. I use a number of tactics that mostly center around brain storming in some way.

If I am completely burnt out and am unable to think clearly enough to think of what to write about, I will take some time off from everything. During this time, I will either lay around watching movies and television shows, or I will unplug from everything and take the camera out for a nice long walk. I am talking hours here. These methods aid me in clearing out the mess in my head, and often lead to a whole slew of ideas.

I might also try reading. If I concentrate on that rather than trying to force writing, for a few days to a week, ideas will usually come to me in such force that it takes me a day to write them all down and make notes.

Other times I will get creative. I am a very creative person by nature, so sometimes I will work on a scrapbook or make a holiday gift for someone when my writing muse takes a vacation.

Sometimes I will look on Google, FaceBook, or read the headlines in the local paper to see what is trending. This method does not work the best for me, but once in a while I can pull it off.

Read these for more information.

  1. Autumn Writing Ideas for the Nonfiction Writer
  2. Keep Track of Your Writing Ideas
  3. Mind Maps for Brainstorming
  4. Take the Time to Brainstorm


Click on Keep a Journal for Writing Ideas and read about this topic. Then create your own journal. Start adding ideas now, and add more when they come to you.

Quick Writing Tip

No idea is too small. Write it down and let it sit. Whenever something comes to you that can be added to the idea, write it down. Soon you will get an entire blog post or article out of it.

Writing Prompts

365 Writing Prompts for Articles, Short Stories and More

52 Writing Prompts for the Freelance Writer, Plus a Bonus: Prompts for the Fiction Writer


“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
~ Jack London


51P6nkg9E-L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects t

hat will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

103 Pages. eBook. $9.99 on Kindle.

Copyright 2015 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life 

(Photo by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2013)

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