Some days, the blog posts just keep coming and coming. Others, it feels like a mountain needs to be moved for each word. There are always topics to be discussed, but sometimes it takes your brain a bit of coaxing to free them. If you’re stuck, here are some brainstorming techniques to get you writing again.
1. 101 Thoughts: Place your hands on the keyboard with an open Notepad window and start writing down ideas. The ideas don’t have to be good ideas or bad ideas, just ideas. It will become difficult, but keep striving until you reach 101.
2. Free Writing: Free writing or stream of consciousness writing is another great exercise to get your brain focused on getting some good blog posts. If you’re in front of a keyboard, open a notepad window and just start typing whatever comes to your mind. Don’t be concerned about typos or spelling, just let the thoughts come out.
3. Mind Map: Place your topic in the middle of a sheet of copy paper. From there, start writing things that are related to the center. Keep writing about the topic until you have filled multiple sheets of paper or twenty minutes has passed.
4. Create Unusual Combinations: Think about the topic of your blog and combine it with something that appears to be completely unrelated to that topic. Try to combine motivation with chocolate icing, business cards with hot sauce, dog training with Tarot cards and see where your brain travels.
5. Outlining: If you like organization, this brainstorming technique works well. Take the overall subject of your blog and break it down into its component parts. This is similar to the mind mapping technique, but it is completed in a much more orderly fashion.
6. Be Journalistic: Take your blog’s subject and approach it from a journalistic angle. You want to answer the six questions in journalism (who, what, when, where, why and how) with your topic. Find out who the experts are within your field and write a report about them.
7. Problem Solving: Are your readers repeatedly facing specific problems? Pick one of the problems that your readers might have and start writing down some of the solutions. Create unusual solutions and feel free to combine the solutions from multiple problems to see if something exciting happens.
8. Wordplay: Write silly poetry about your blog’s topic. Start with words that rhyme. Here’s an example: we’re gaining with the raining on dog training. Look at the patterns that emerge after several snippets have been written. Be as outlandish as possible.
9. Questions: Look around the room for twenty common objects. Ask yourself questions about those objects. What is the history of paper? What types of bowls did kings and queens use? What materials are involved in the creation of our household objects? If your topic is a concept, ask why that concept is good or bad.
10. Be prompted: Journal prompts get your brain to solve problems. Look at the questions or situations that are being prompted and see if you can associate it with your chosen topic. Take the unlikely associations and nurture them into blog posts.
Those great blog posts might be eluding you right now, but that doesn’t mean that they are gone forever. Your brain sometimes needs a kick start to get motivated again. Brainstorming adds that extra push to your writing.
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