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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.