What if you approached writing the reverse way? Writing whatever you want, in a totally random freestyle way. And from that little text bit, get content ideas.
The idea germed from the Smartass Prorastinator post. The What? read it, come back. Done? Awesome.
So of course, you’re going to tell me “I still need to have an idea to write that first text bit”. Well, yes, but that seed idea can just be random thought.
I started writing what I had in my head. At this time it was just the opening sentence:
Being a poor executioner doesn’t make you a rich procrastinator.
I thought it was true, and quite funny. And decided to just develop that idea. So I wrote what the initial thought triggered at that time. Certainly for someone else it would have been something else. But that what came and I took it as an exercise and it is what it is now.
What do you have in mind now? Write it down!
It may not look worthy of developing content NOW, but what about one minute after now? Maybe in the next 2 paragraphs following that you’ll have 3 new ideas.
The post ends with a list of ideas I got just by writing that random post, and one of those was Writing Randomly to Get Content Ideas. For future content in my case, but maybe it could have been for other projects as well.
You never know what your brain is cooking in real time, and what meal it’s going to serve you. Oh yeah more food for thoughts.
So I guess, the most straightforward way to start with this concept is to simply start to write something. Anything.
Well I might add that it’s certainly beneficial if it’s somewhat related to your business or preferred topic. But that would be another limit. Just write that random thought you have there, and let your mind show you the way.
Whatever content you need to populate your site, or your email newsletter, ideas will pop. It doesn’t even have to land on your blog as I did.
Because, this is the seed.
Just one sentence, one idea. Not necessary “proverb-like” stuff. And then develop it, write everything without limit, don’t edit, don’t hit backspace. Still, write as if it was a normal article, just so you get some flow.
Note: Here you should REALLY have a total random writing, thought following. Be funny and write as if nobody would read it. As I mentioned, it doesn’t have to land on your blog if you don’t want to.
It’s not “brainstorming ideas” where you’d make a list. Nope. It’s freestyle writing.
You can make a list when you’re done. It will sum up your text bit, you just need to scan the few paragraphs you’ve just written and rephrase into potential titles.
Okay, maybe you already found your seed. Maybe not. Well, you can just go and seek a headline somewhere and try to develop your own content around it. So you don’t read the original post or article, but just develop from there.
Now remember, the seed is there to help you write “something”. This something is where ideas for future content will emerge. At least this is how I see it when reviewing what I did with my post. If you read it you saw how not serious at all it starts.
But of course, maybe your something will develop into a great post itself.
That’s it for the post. Let’s all exercise a bit and see how things turn out. With this article what I wanted to do was to help people to:
- stop struggling to get content ideas (you have plenty, they’re hiding and cooking somewhere in your brain)
- get things done the opposite way (write anything first, get your future blog post ideas next)
So first point tells me: I already wrote about content creation, but this is an idea in itself. Doing something even if it’s already been done by others before. Even if others are better, does that mean that you should not even give it a shot?
And the second post reminds me the concepts of starting with the end in mind, reverse engineering, Zig when they Zag…
So you can expect some of my future posts being about those topics 😉
Done for today! This concept demands practice, but if you’re willing to try it you will see that it removes some resistance in the content creation process.
Please share your thought, or process, in the comments box below so that we may develop more ideas for all of us 😉