New Places to Generate Article Ideas

Bust Out Your Creativity in the Strangest Places!

UPDATED April 2, 2015 (see bottom of the post).

Writer’s block is very real, folks! You can clear your schedule, set up the perfect environment for your ideas to flow, relax and begin writing. Then it hits you … you’re completely out of ideas! You’re squinting more than writing, forcing your creativity to reveal itself. Many times it’s not that you’re out of ideas, it’s that you’ve been sticking to your usual routine and your creativity tank is on empty.

Stop and think about the strategies you’ve used to generate new content. It’s likely the same thing, over and over. Sometimes you simply need to change your strategy. You need to get out of your comfort zone and look for new content inspiration in unusual situations. You won’t have to go far; content for your next article could come from a walk or run down the street.

If you need a boost in this department, we’re here to help. Take a look at our list of fun places to ignite some ideas for you. See if any pique your interest!

1. Yoga Class: Taking a yoga class is a perfect opportunity to get to know people on a personal level. Don’t be shy, place your writing pad on your yoga mat for easy access. Before and after poses, try to whisper questions to those close to you for valuable input. Ask them what they’re feeling, what they’re thinking and if stretching is taking their stress away. Open up your mind by going outside the box for uplifting ideas. Lighten the mood by giving compliments to anyone who shows good form and grace. Namaste!

2. Traffic Lights: The next time you’re stuck at a red light, examine your surroundings to stir up some ideas. Think of the environment around you and write down whatever appears intriguing. Take pictures of buildings and the beautiful nature around you. If there are other drivers next to you, take pictures of them too! Study their faces and take note of their vehicle. Where are they from, and where do you think they’re headed? What kind of mood do you think they’re in?

3. A Junkyard: The expression, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” carries a lot of weight, especially in the mind of a writer. You never know what you’re going to find at a junkyard. Snoop around and see what others have deemed “unwanted.” There is a filthy, mischievous feeling to this practice, sure, but the rewards can be huge. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, be willing to do whatever it takes to get to the top!

4. Hockey Games: Sporting events can be a thrilling, impressive place to experience hard work and talent in action. Hockey games in particular have a more physical, chilly vibe to them. The risk involved with slick ice, sharp blades on skates, and the chance of a fight all add to the excitement. Attend a hockey game and take in the danger! Listen closely and write how it makes you feel. Do you really feel safe in the bleachers? Be bold and get in on the action; capture the attitudes of the players by standing right in front of the glass if you can!

5. Funerals: While funerals can carry a dark, depressing tone, they can also provide a sea of emotions for your next piece of writing. People are hesitant to speak their mind because of the setting. Use this to your advantage; jot down what you think they’re really feeling and how you could help them. The writing you get from a funeral will be filled with powerful emotions and strong ideas. You may be witnessing the end of someone’s fulfilling journey, but it could start a new beginning for your writing!

6. A Closer Look at Your Neighbors: For those of us with neighbors close by, we all have that one family that seems too good to be true. You never know what they’re up to, but you have a good feeling it’s something interesting. When you have time, scope out your neighbors from your bushes (or other hidden place) and take notes of the action. If you happen to get spotted, just explain that what you’re doing is crucial to your research as a writer. If you can, try and do it from your own yard. Binoculars are very handy in these situations. You need to keep your distance and take in what you can. Do you have a suspicious neighbor you’d like to know more about? Well, you know what to do!

7. Running (Marathons): If you’ve ever walked or jogged for a long period of time, you know your mind can be all over the place on various things. Next time you’re going for a run, or better yet, participating in a marathon, bring a voice recorder! Examine your surroundings and approach other runners on the trail. If they are going at a slower pace (or walking), feel free to stop them to get a piece of their mind for a moment. Ask them questions such as, “Why are you running today?” or “What are you really running from?” Ask simple questions at first, but get more intense later in the questioning. Try and get them to release their energy — it makes for excellent writing!

It only takes one of the above places to open up some creativity to your writing. Even if it’s out of your comfort zone or if you feel strangers’ eyes on you, take a chance. They don’t need to know what you’re up to, maybe they’ll read about it later in your next article!

Have any unique places to add to this list? Feel free to share a few of your own in the comments section.

It’s time to tell the truth about this post… APRIL FOOLS!

While some of the places listed above could be suitable for the extreme author, we DON’T recommend trying to generate ideas from our list. Some of these are dangerous and would be distracting (and annoying) to the people involved. However, we DO have a few blog posts with REAL tips if you’re looking for great content generation ideas. Check it out!

5 Ways Reading Can Help Generate Content Ideas

THE LIST: 30 Great Article Writing Ideas and Topics You Need

If you’d like additional help brainstorming and organizing article topics, check out our collection of Article Template Packages!

Thanks for having fun with us. :)


Nikolay writes:

“one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” Remarkably said.

Comment provided April 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM


kunci gitar writes:

It’s very important to me to make an articles.. Thanks

Comment provided April 1, 2015 at 12:01 PM


Gracious Store writes:

It is interesting how one can get inspirations from such places, I thought it would have be difficult to have inspirations for articles on certain topics in the said places or situations, unless the article is directly related to the event or situation, but to my greatest surprise, when I closed my eyes and imagined myself in each of these settings, I could not believe the number of ideas the came to my mind. Like everything else the inspirations may not come spontaneously, you might have to do a little bit of braining teasing for the ideas to flow in.

Comment provided April 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM


poonam writes:

It is very important to me to make an different different articles. I am waiting for the same site list for future use.

Comment provided April 2, 2015 at 3:32 AM


Laura Fowler writes:

Awesome article! I think these ideas are suitable to me.Once a time, I stucked at a red light for a couple of minutes. Then, I saw around some buildings. There were a worker and he was cleaning glass outside a building. I think Maybe 17th floor. And then, I had some ideas in my mind about the dangerous jobs in the city. That’s a great article.

Comment provided April 2, 2015 at 4:54 AM


Lirik lagu writes:

Great article…

Comment provided April 2, 2015 at 8:52 AM


Cynthia writes:

I was starting to wonder if you had ever been to a yoga class. They would not look on that conversation kindly. They might downward dog on your head!

Comment provided April 2, 2015 at 2:20 PM


Cynthia, we totally agree! :D


rich benjamin writes:

i liked point no. 3 the junkyard. “one mans trash is another man’s treasure”, well said.

Comment provided April 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM


Nick writes:

Good tips

Comment provided April 6, 2015 at 12:59 AM


dimple writes:

Haha!good one.
Clicking around people without permission and digging into trash to find treasure will surely land us in hospital or graveyard to weave real life tragic horror stories too.

Comment provided April 23, 2015 at 9:44 AM


Anne writes:

How about adding “bathrooms” to the list? A lot of geniuses have had their best ideas here. ;)

Comment provided April 24, 2015 at 12:12 AM



Awesome Ideas! I’m new to blogging and sometimes struggle with generating ideas as well!

Comment provided May 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM


bowo writes:

This is very interesting for me to learn and immediately practiced at home … success for you all

Comment provided May 11, 2015 at 6:22 AM


Frank Chisom writes:

Ha… The april fool part was great and fun.
Anyways, the idea are not bad at all and come be quite effective if used wisely.

Comment provided May 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM


Asif Iftekhar writes:

I’m new to blogging and sometimes struggle with generating ideas as well! Hope it will solve my problem. Thanks for sharing…

Comment provided August 15, 2015 at 12:22 AM


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