Writing & Creativity

How To Keep Coming Up With Ideas For Content

May 6, 2014

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A few months ago, we got a question in from a MarieTV fan that went like this…

“How do you put out such great content all the time without fail? What do you do when you feel like the creative well is running dry?”

After 3+ years of producing MarieTV, over a decade of publishing a newsletter, and 5+ years teaching dance and fitness, I know a little something about steady creation.

Coming up with ideas is something every creator must master — whether you’re an artist, writer, musician, chef, stylist, etc. It’s the nature of the beast.

In the video below you’ll learn three tricks I use to keep creating content for this show. It’ll show you the secret behind your favorite songs, tv shows, and magazines, and give you the inspiration you need to keep coming up with new ideas on a consistent basis.

**Mature Language Alert**

Today’s episode has just a tiny sprinkle of mature language, so grab headphones if you have kids or other sensitive ears around.

If you want to learn how to bring more creativity and personality to your writing, be sure to check out TheCopyCure.com. My Dumb Buddy and I are happy to help.

Five More Strategies To Keep You Creatively Inspired

As promised in the show, here are five more ways to keep your creative genius on tap.

1.  Listen.

Pay attention to the questions people ask you in person, via email or over social media as they reveal the exact struggle and frustration points your audience wants to solve.

Don’t underestimate the power of curiosity. The more you focus on what people are saying to you, the more you’ll want to know. Plus what works for one person, might not work for another. By listening, you’ll be able to come up with the right ideas for the right people.

2.  Move.

Ever felt like you got your best ideas when you’re hiking or taking a shower? There’s real, scientific research to back that up — this research from Stanford proves how powerful movement is for creativity.

I’ve danced and moved my whole life and I’m certain that physical movement keeps me inspired. So next time you hit a creative wall, it’s best to walk (or dance 🙂 ) it out.

3.  Keep a List.

Collect ongoing ideas in one place. Whether you use Google Docs, Evernote, a paper notebook or another method, choose one and you’ll always have kindling to spark your creative flame.

I do this for my content ideas, and I know this is common practice for lots of writers, musicians, and other artists.

4.  Commit.

This is the most underrated creativity tip of all. When you Turn Pro and fully commit to producing/writing/creating/making something on deadline, it just happens.

If you need an accountability partner — get one! Whatever it takes to get those wheels churning.

5.  Read this.

One of my favorite, classic books on the subject is The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Between this and my other favorite, The War of Art, you’ll be unstoppable.

When you’re starting out, it’s hard to imagine that you can keep coming up with one killer idea after another. But like anything you do, creativity gets easier and easier the more you do it. It’s like a muscle that gets stronger over time — you just have to trust the process.

Unlock Thousands of Creative Ideas With These MarieTV Resources

Coming up with ideas and following through on them is one of my favorite topics. These interviews and resources below will give you an additional kick of inspiration:

As always, I’d love to hear from you.

What three go-to-strategies do you use when you feel creatively tapped out? If you have more than three to share, fantastic.

Make them as tactical and specific as possible as tens of thousands of beautiful souls from across the globe visit us each week for inspiration.

Please add your best tips and ideas directly in the comments vs. adding a URL or link back to your site. The latter can trigger our spam filters.

Thank you, as always, for reading, watching and sharing. You make my week!

With all my love,

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