Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blog Topics: Where do They Come From?

Good people of the blogosphere, today is Wednesday. Make it through today and you've got half the week wrapped up! As my post title suggests, today I'm talking about blog topics and how to come up with great ones.

I read something about this not long ago, but it was more in the way of 'what not to write on your blog if you're a writer'. That post talked about authors writing to other authors and how we shouldn't do it because authors aren't our target audience. While there's some truth to that, I have a further argument: All authors are (or should be) readers, right? Just sayin'.

Anywho, on to today's topic! While I was in design school, they taught us about thought webs and why we should use them. The idea behind using a thought web is this: If you have a product, the obvious way to market that product or build a design for it isn't always immediately visible. You should use a web like the one below for a visual reference.
As you can see, you would get around 13 posts or so out of a thought web like this. It can be any topic. If you've covered it in the past, you can just mark through it. Ideas that spring to mind for post topics from this thought web might be: How-to Research a Location's Vernacular, How-to Write a Character Bio, What Roles Parents Play in Shaping a Character, Why Where Your Character Lives is Important, etc...

There's really no limit to the ideas here. You're only held back by how many words you have at your disposal. Being a writer, you should have a multitude.

I hope this idea helps some. Have you ever used a thought web? What was the topic?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. This idea is new to me, but could be helpful when you get stumped for topics. Very helpful

    1. Thanks. I've used the idea to come up with a whole slew of new posts. Not sure when I'll use them though. February is the author blog challenge and I'm hoping it comes with prompts :)


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