Are you one of those writers who struggles to find topics to write about? I hear that a lot: “I just don’t have any ideas!”
So I decided to take a few minutes and find some article ideas for you. (You’re welcome.)
Seriously, I did not spend hours gathering the ideas for this post. I collected press releases for a week that come in my inbox due to my long history as a business reporter, and then took perhaps 5 minutes apiece to think on them.
Then I used them as jumping-off points for story ideas. That’s it.
This post breaks down my process of developing a little tidbit of news into a pitchable idea, honed from 12 years as a staff writer at two business publications.
But you could do the same with overheard gossip, with scanning through publications and reslanting articles, with info you get in interviews…you name it.
Why collect story ideas? If you hope to be a working freelance writer, seeing your byline in publications, you need a big stack of story ideas.
If you fantasize that you can earn well as a writer, and editors will hand you ready-made ideas…sorry, that era ended with the rise of the internet and the decline of print.
Today’s reality: When you know how to develop salable story ideas, you get more assignments, get in the door at bigger publications… and you earn more money.
Think of those story ideas as keys to the publication kingdom. The more keys you have, the more doors you can open.
Ready to turn on the idea-generating part of your brain and learn how to create an article-idea gold mine? Then let’s go!