NBI: Where do you come up with all of those wonderful ideas?

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Since my blog beginnings in 2008, one question seems to keep coming around: Where do you get your ideas?  I mean, there’s only so much you can write about games, yes?  It’s all been said?

You’d think so, but… no.  I haven’t found that to be the case.  Once I started writing, I haven’t really been able to stop — and I haven’t found myself experiencing many “dry spells” where the well of topical ideas is empty.

So from my perspective, there are a few ways that I keep ideas coming so that I’m not stuck with my fingers poised expectantly over the keyboard with nothing to power them.  Here’s a quick list of where I get my ideas:

  • I talk about what I played yesterday, sharing a unique experience or a funny observation so that it’s not just a dry journal entry
  • Someone on another blog broaches an intriguing topic that I can bounce off of or add to the discussion
  • I get worked up over something — good or bad — and vent on the blog about it
  • I pepper in a lot of “quickies” — polls, pictures, quotes — to keep the pattern of blog posting going
  • I look at games coming down the pike and find something captivating about them to discuss
  • I make sure to keep a list going of ideas when they come to me for times when I’m at a loss for something to write that day — it helps to have that list to fall back on
  • I keep in mind how stand-up comedians entertain by zeroing in on an observation and exploiting the heck out of it
  • I look at the news of the past day (I recommend Massively, but you can pick your own poison) and see if any of that inspires a post
  • I ask a question
  • I answer someone else’s question
  • I make a quick list, because writing lists is fun and everyone seems to love reading them
  • I pay attention to what my guildies or even general chat is discussing, and see if there’s post fodder in that
  • I give myself a new experience and write about that

So it’s nothing special, really, just a hundred different points of inspiration for posts.  The most important thing is to get something — anything — out on a regular basis.  Get in the habit of writing, even if it’s just a quick three-sentence post for the day, because that makes future posts a lot easier to formulate.

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3 thoughts on “NBI: Where do you come up with all of those wonderful ideas?

  1. (WARNING: SCARY THOUGHT COMING UP) Keep a jotter pad to write stuff down while travelling around …NOT connected to computer playing games!( …SHOCK HORROR!)
    Fill it up, write in the margins and upside down and eventually use maybe 5%…

  2. Usually the problem is too many ideas and not enough time to do them justice, but on the odd occasion when I’m stuck for a topic I find flicking through the vast quantity of screenshots I’ve taken will usually remind me of something I meant to write about but never got round to.

    And even if it doesn’t, the odd post that’s nothing but screenshots never goes amiss.

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