I think the first thing to realize about coming up with great writing ideas is that the final idea is part of a process that is different for each writer.
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Each writer goes through a process to produce an idea for a piece of non-fiction or fiction. This comes as no surprise. What may come as a surprise is that many writers do not know what their process is. I mean the writer is not conscious of his or her process to come up with an idea.
Why does it matter if a writer is conscious or not conscious of his or her process for coming up with ideas? It’s important because what is not known cannot be guided. Why would a writer want to guide this part of the creative process? To become more productive. To be more productive is a good thing. Most writers want to be as productive as possible. To do this, the writer must become more conscious of the process of coming up with ideas.
Each writer has a different process for producing ideas. Since the writer I know best is myself, let’s use me as an example of how the process of coming up with a writing idea works. First off I try to be conscious of the process. After I finish an article or a flash fiction story there is a period of not thinking about writing. This can last from one hour to several days. I’m okay with it. I know it’s part of the process.
Then there is a period when I am actively thinking about new ideas. This can be the most frustrating period if it last too long. Too long can be several days. If it last, say, a week I know I’m in the writer’s block stage. But that’s okay. I am conscious of the fact that writer’s block happens and it does not last.
Many times there is a period when I come up with several ideas. Some don’t work out, either in my head or on paper, and some just simply stink.
Then of course, finally, the good idea that may be a great idea pops up. During this entire period of searching for a new writing idea there is no panic or depression because I can’t come up with a good idea. I’m conscious of my creative process so I know that an idea will eventually present itself.
Do you know your creative process for coming up with writing ideas? If you don’t you should find out. Write the process down on paper if you have to. After you publish an article or a short story on Triond sit down and go over in your mind how you came up with your idea. You may find you have several different ways to come up with ideas. Just be conscious of the process. It will help you to be a more productive writer.
Here is an article of mine on Triond you may like: Money and the Writing of Sexy Short Stories on Triond www.writinghood.com/online-writing/money-and-the-writing-of-sexy-short-stories-on-triond/