How Great Writers Come up with Brilliant Ideas?

How Great Writers Come up with Brilliant Ideas


As a writer, I’m sure you struggle from time to time with a great idea for a story. You aren’t alone, it happens to all of us. Some writers will assume that since they aren’t coming up with a good idea they have writer’s block.


This isn’t always the case because writer’s block usually has more to do with discounting the quality of your work rather than thinking up what to write about.


Thinking up an idea might seem like a random process. However, there are a few simple ways to increase your chances of creating great ideas for your writing. Every writer wants to come up with a great idea every time they start to write, but many writers don’t take into consideration what an idea really is.


An idea is a connection, even the simplest idea is a combination of ideas you already have. We are constantly forming these connections spontaneously and unconsciously.


It should also be noted that an idea will form when two different thoughts combine in an unexpected or unusual manner.


Here are a few tips that will help you develop a reserve of ideas to draw from.


Be confident

Stop thinking you’re not a creative person, or that only a chosen few brilliant minds can create brilliant ideas. You are a writer, no matter what you write you have and can create more ideas.


Investigate all ideas, even the ones you think aren’t good enough

Never focus on only coming up with “great” ideas. At first, focus on quantity rather than quality. Most people have trouble coming up with ideas because they’re worried their idea will be isn’t good enough.

Be open minded

The more exposure you have to different situations, people and places the more options you give your mind to form connections. Try new things, travel, read different books, don’t be afraid to explore what is common to yourself and attempt to make changes.


Immediately save all of your ideas

Get into the habit of recording all of your ideas, when they come up. Write them down in a notebook, type them into your phone or add them to a voice recorder. The way you record them isn’t important, just make sure you always have the ability available.


If you don’t record your ideas the minute you they come up, you may forget them. Having an idea and then forgetting it is worse than not having an idea at all.


Never assume you don’t need to record an idea, because you don’t think you’ll forget it. Many ideas will come to you while you’re resting or asleep. Keep a notebook by your bed and get into the habit of recording your ideas as soon as you wake up.


Be grateful for the ideas you receive

Whenever you come up with a great idea for writing, be thankful for it. This will create positive reinforcement, which will encourage the creation of more ideas. This may seem strange, but try it, it works.


Don’t sweat it

If you find yourself not coming up with any useable ideas for a few days, don’t sweat it, it happens. Ideas will come to you when you least expect them. You’ll find when you’re on a roll, the ideas keep coming.


When the ideas are coming in nonstop, that’s the time to record them and bank the ones you don’t use right away for when you have another dry spell. You will build up your reserve of ideas, which you will add to in spurts.


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7 thoughts on “How Great Writers Come up with Brilliant Ideas?

  1. “Investigate all ideas, even the ones you think aren’t good enough.” I really needed this pointer. I was trying to write a true “from friends to love” story. I thought ours was a terrific story, but after getting it down, I told my hubs that it didn’t seem that romantic after all. We laughed about that. So maybe I just need to work on it a little bit to get the readers to understand that we started off as “just friends” but the spark is definitely still there after 19 years! 🙂


    1. Yes EXACTLY! You started out as acquantenses then became friends then it progressed to lovers and then finally blossomed into true love. Like a rose slowly opening a little every day until it is a exquisit flower in full bloom and the fragrance is delicate and enticing.

      THAT, is the way love is meant to be and once you have that you have the world.

      Hear’s another extremely helpful tip. Especially in this age of digital this that and the other. I also have a personal assistant in my pocket (you had nasty thoughts right LOL) The best practice you can do is to keep a regular pocket notebook, or like me a small stack of index cards and a pen in your pocket and whenever the mood strikes you or you have a thought of a great or even mediocre or you may think dumb idea for a subject or topic, write it down don’t type it into your phone.

      This is a proven fact, I guess it’s because it takes longer to write or experts say we are looking at it longer than if we would type it. But, you’re able to remember it better and it will even spawn new ideas. This really works I do it all the time.

      Say you’re doing something as mundane as grocery shopping and a thought strikes you, write it down and at the end of the day or in the morning when you sit down to write get into the habit of taking your cards out and not just look them over but read them and really think about them.

      Treat your “thought pad” as if it were an important part of your life like your phone or wallet. You can’t ever leave home without either treat your pad the same way. Let me know in a week or so if it helps you. I mean even thoughts you think are dumb or silly and even if you don’t write a whole article about that thought, maybe you’ll be able to use it in another article or some other piece.

      Give it a shot and let me know if it helps. Also, a question, do you write professionally?


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