Are You Stumped About What to Write About?

Captain Marvel - Stumped

This article is aimed at the article writer.  -From me to you.  Peer to peer, so to speak.  All writers experience 'writer's block' to some degree, nobody escapes it.  Even artists, musicians, pretty much anyone who creates, sometime has experienced some form of famine in their well of creativity.

Think About What You're Thinking About

"Wait, what?  You want me to analyze what I'm thinking about?"  Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying, and it's how I came up with the idea to write this article.  That's right, I've had a bit of writer's block myself lately, and I was sitting here thinking about what would be interesting to write about.  Nothing I thought of seemed to appeal to me, and then it hit me that everything I was thinking about was all for the purpose of writing an article.  So, I simply made that my topic.  I have plenty of experience in life not knowing 'what' to write about, so that tells me I have an ample supply of content with which to write about something.  Make sense?  When you are thinking about something, you are basically generating content.  You just need to get that out of your head and into a document, and work it into something that others are going to want to read about.

Think About the Last 24 Hours in Your Life

What happened to you in the last 24 hours that if somebody asked you "what have you been up to lately?” you might want to share with them?  Odds are you will share something that interests you, and chances are you probably know a fair amount about topics related to it.  Capitalize on that.  Share what you know.  There's a strong probability that if you enjoyed doing whatever it was, others might enjoy it too.

Review Your Existing Content

Nobody said you couldn't write another article about something you have written about once before.  I mean, it's not like you are going to write all there ever is to know about something.  I don't mean that as a negative critique, but if you think about it, nobody could really ever write everything possible on any given topic.  Leverage that fact to your benefit.  Take a look at you past articles, see which ones have had the most reads, and write another article that addresses a different aspect of one of your previous topics.  If people liked it once before, they'll likely read more about it again. 

Last Resort: Google Trends

The best content is amazing content.  And amazing content is something that the reader can't stop reading, and will most likely share with their friends.  If you are truly against the wall with what to write about, you can always fire up Google trends and see what Google says the world is currently interested in reading about.  You can also type in things that interest you, and see what Google thinks about how popular a topic it is, or was.

I say this is a 'last resort', because if your goal is (and should be) to create amazing content, then the very act of going to Google Trends is in my mind a way to see what's already been talked about.  I could be wrong about that.  But consider anything viral:  it typically is fresh, new, has some quality to it that makes it very catchy, and makes you want to share it.