I’ve previously written about Places to Get Article Ideas. The following list suggests more ways to dream up and research articles.
1. Write about something that pisses you off.
2. Write an anti-article. For example, six ways to gain weight fast. The idea is that readers will use the tips in reverse.
3. Review your article ideas list for ideas you keep passing up and consider the opposite bias. Can’t get going on an article about how to proofread? Write one on when you shouldn’t.
4. Look for ideas when you are nowhere near your keyboard. While driving, shopping, working, or out with friends.
5. Keep a citation journal of ideas from articles and books. Don’t limit it to ideas for articles. Save everything worth remembering. You never know what ideas it will inspire later.
6. Reread your old articles. What do you know now that you didn’t know then? Is it enough for a new article? What knowledge level is the old article geared toward? Can you write something either more basic or more advanced?
7. Look for analogous ideas from unrelated fields. Tips on improving at football could be used to improve at darts. A story on mountain climbing could represent the struggle to achieve your goals (“Goal Achievement as Mountain Climbing”).
8. Write about current events related to your subject. Research has found that social media shares about current events are 80% likely to be re-shared.
9. Use analogy for current events and trending topics. The story of a boy rescued from a well could be an analogy for a common setback in your field and how to overcome it. A news article about a family living like it’s the 1980s could be a jump-off for an article about how your topic was done in the old days.
10. Write about benefits of your subject that go beyond the subject. A fast article writer becomes fast at all their writing. Training for track meets increases stamina for work. Effort leads to the ability to put in more effort.
11. Promote your research sources. While researching anxiety for a motivational psychology blog, you may find a site specializing in anxiety prevention and cure. You could find out all it offers and write an article critiquing the site.
12. Write stories on noted successes and successful people related to your topic.
13. Write a back-to-basics article. When you’ve been writing about the same subject for a long time, you become an expert. Are you assuming your readers have some basic knowledge that you never talk about? For example, let’s say it’s something called the Free Form Method. Write an article about the method. After that, when you mention the method, the name can link to that article.
14. Write an overview article that brings together ideas from several articles you’ve written on the same sub-topic. Link to all the articles you mention.
15. Write an article on free resources. This one can take some time. Keep notes on where to get free ebooks and software related to your subject. When you have a good list, write an article.
16. Read a book on your subject, take notes, and write a review article. Seminars and special events can also be noteworthy and make interesting articles.
17. Write some articles based on questions. Write a list of questions about your subject area that you haven’t answered in previous articles. Each answer is a potential article. If there is an area of your subject you’re a little thick on, write your own questions and expand your knowledge as you work on the articles.
18. Write an article about a yearly event in your field. For writing, there’s poetry April and Nanowrimo November.
19. Steal article ideas. No. Don’t plagiarize. Look for the ideas behind articles you read and figure out a new slant for your own topic.
20. Read blogs related to your subject and learn how to comment. When you write a long comment, turn it into a comment post. Be working on what you would comment when reading short articles in magazines too and turn those into articles when they’re long enough.
21. When you finish writing an article, consider whether it gives you an idea for another article. Did you get side-tracked partway through and cut that bit? Does the article lead to more questions? Did you find anything interesting while researching the article and didn’t use it yet?
22. Review the headlines in the archives of blogs on your topic. A good headline can be as inspirational as reading the article.
23. Visit forums on your topic. What questions are being asked that you can answer in article form?
If you’re always looking for more article ideas, you’ll never have a shortage.
Article by Ivan Izo.