Writing Is Consuming. To Write More, Consume More.
How do I write more articles? How do I find writing ideas?
Many writers seek answers to these questions.
When I started my writing journey, I used to have the same problem. I ran out of ideas and got stuck — days went by without me writing a single word.
You can find many tips on how to write more and improve your craft. Some of them are:
- Make a list of ideas every day.
- Read more books.
- Carry a notebook with you so that you can write down your ideas.
- Share your life experiences.
These are all great pieces of advice. I have applied them all, and they have proven to be worthy.
As my writing improved, I understood one thing that helped me the most to find ideas. It is;
Writing is consuming.
Consume more to write more.
Here's something you must remember: There are no new ideas. You can't find an original writing topic because people have already written about all of them.
Content creators — writers, filmmakers, or artists — find inspiration in others' work and create something of their own.
“Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.” — Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist
Don't try to find original ideas because you won't find many. It might take a long time to develop something truly original. Instead, consume the work of other people. You will find inspiration that will lead to something you can write about.
Here are some examples of how you can consume:
- Read books
- Watch videos online
- Watch movies and documentaries
- Follow other writers and creators on social media
- Read articles, stories, newsletters, etc.
- Take a course
- Be a part of different events and training programs