5 Ideas on How to Come Up with a Writing Idea

5 Ideas on How to Come Up with a Writing Idea

As writers, we want not only the best words, but also the best ideas!
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Writing is a complicated process. You come up with an idea featuring story-telling or informing potential, draft, sit down and let the words flow out, edit, revise, and eventually have it good enough to get it published…

…except, somewhere, when thinking about what to write about, a blank comes through your mind. Or life is going on a rush so that everything blurs together, therefore no new ideas come up in the process. Or you’re running out of time and want a good, show stopping idea to come to you.

No matter what work is it, whether it is a grand novel or a simple research paper, whether a poem or a song, a great idea is a necessity in order to write something. It can give some idea of social commentary, especially with today’s political climate; or take advantage of a current trend. It can be humorous, or be serious. It can feature clichés, or try to queer them at every avenue. But most importantly, it has to be unique.

Lacking some ideas? Try these out next time for any assignment or creative project:

Listening to music

On the one hand, this looks like a way to get distracted from something, as you could get absorbed into the lyrics and the melody. On the other hand, especially with creative work, it’s a good way to get inspiration. Ask yourself, how could this relate to me, or to anyone else? Can it be incorporated into my working draft? And is it commentary? One warning about this approach, it can be distracting.

Listening/watching/reading the news

Especially with what’s going on in the news during this past year, it would be interesting to see how a certain event can change one’s life. It may not be apparent immediately; however, one can go out on the streets and comment about it. It’s also a double-edged sword when you think about it: on one hand, writing about a major news event is enough to get clicks or to have people talk about it; but if somebody sees it as derivative, then it will immediately turn away people from your work. It is also a good way to write a social satire; combined with a good protest song from #1, and then you’ve got an interesting plot to start with! Yet once again, expand your sources so you can decide on not only what to write about, but also to make it unique.

Do some research

This step may not seem interesting if you are already in your major; however, doing more of this can make a way more creative article or story. Or strengthen your persuasive pieces.

Daydreaming

Because we do want our dreams to come true, and can also take our minds away from the phone at times. Honestly, when I do so, it can be very messy; sometimes it can disappear when you have to focus on the real world.But, do you know those people who suggest that you should keep a notebook for dreams? This is not only for psychology or just to interpret your life going ahead; instead, what could it lead to “thinking” at night? Or maybe, what if your story took place in a dream?All of this, combined, can create a surreal story. But in writing an application paper? Not so much.

Live out life a little

There’s a famous saying that goes, “bad decisions make good stories”. And none more true than when you’re trying out to come up with an idea than doing something worthwhile.Some of it comes in the form of reading. Other times, it goes through classes or cooking food. Or there’s an actual chance of doing something random or out of the ordinary one day and telling about it.Even if it’s for non-fiction, it could be a good time to let the ideas buzzing through your head calm down for a moment; once you come back to your project, it will be refreshed.

On the other end of tactics...

Write everything out.

While this is a tactic not meant for well-developed research papers or things which involve accurate calculations, this is something which at least gets something down on paper. What you need to consider though, unless you’re planning to go completely “stream of consciousness”, in which you can write out what’s going on in your mind, it’s important to have a general idea where it is going, either during the process, or afterward.

With this, good luck on your works! And don’t worry if they end up like this…

Cover Image Credit: http://araugustyn.com/overcoming-writers-block/

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.

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I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

This year is puts so much stress on friendships and the way that people interact with one another. Everyone is so on edge due to a lack of sleep and understanding that we all can tend to lash out at each other even though we wouldn't if we weren't in that state of consistent tiredness and sadness. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep really makes it difficult to understand any conflict that may occur. For example, on the day of the hardest Chemistry test of the year, I saw two of my friends lash out at each other in a moment of pure emotion. But almost as fast as the argument began, it was over and they had overcome the conflict between them. It really is a testament to your connection with the other person if you can make it through the whole year without running into any problems. In terms of personal experiences, each day was a challenge due to the little brain function I had, but I managed to not give into my issues. I was able to work around them and keep myself going.

Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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