“Anything you can do I can do better/I can do anything better than you!”
That’s one of the best-known songs in the Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” Rework the words a bit, and you have a strategy for finding new article ideas:
Anything they can do, you can do better!
The next time you read a story or another article and think, “I wish I could have written that,” look for an angle the writer might have missed. No article can ever cover all points of a story, interview every expert, or deliver every bullet point or numbered list of items to help someone solve any issue.
Look for anything the writer might have overlooked and think about your core set of beliefs or niche strategies applied to a particular article. You’ll be able to spin a completely new direction with your article when your unique viewpoint is added to the article idea.
One word of caution when using this article idea generation tip:
Do not rewrite someone else’s article. You can use others to help springboard your own article writing topics or article angles, but never use someone else’s content for your content template. You can do better than that. :) The quality of your uniqueness will shine through when 100% of your article content comes from your brain rather than recycling someone else’s content.
In summary, whenever you are reading someone else’s article and you think you can do better, write down your thoughts or article angle idea and produce another set of articles with less effort.
Lastly, some blog post trivia for you:
Today’s entry is also a secret lesson in repackaging content because the above tip was written by one of our EzineArticles editors back on March 18th, 2003 for the EzineArticles newsletter. I needed a fast tip to send to you today to help you come up with new article idea’s and this blog entry took all of (7-10) minutes to update and rewrite the old newsletter tip for a 2007 audience. Why reinvent the wheel? All I had to was change the tip from writing journalism stories to writing them as an expert author and this allowed me to produce an instant tip of relevant value. Do you have old ezine articles in your ezine archive that haven’t been converted to articles for syndication yet?