Idea Drought? We Can Fix That

Ideas are work, not magic

Those writers you know who always have a story at the ready? There’s a reason for that, and it’s not because they’ve been blessed with a brain that effortlessly churns out ideas as if it were an act innate as respiration.

Ideas are merely the front end of a vast system of research, strategic reading and active curiosity that you must consistently engage with. As with so many things in life, you have to do the work to get the payoff. In our most recent Journalism Advice column, we looked at the habits and practices of three experienced writers that ensure their ideas keep coming.

One thing we learned is that reading widely is as important as reading works specific to your beat:

“When you immerse yourself in what’s going on in the world, you find not only new perspectives for yourself, but you see what and why things are resonating with society as a whole — all of which better informs you as a writer,” [Alicia] Lutes said. “You cannot write in a vacuum on the Internet.”

For more, including how to sort through all the information you’re taking in, read: How to Generate Story Ideas as a Freelancer

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