I always have the TV on in the background while I’m working on my articles. It’s amazing how just hearing one little commercial or interview on TV can inspire a plethora of articles. I get a great many of my article ideas just listening with a half ear to the TV in the background, and here’s how I keep track of the ideas I get spurred from TV.
Keep a notebook next to you while you’re typing, so when a commercial pops up about, say, the Swiffer Wet Jet, you can write “Swiffer Wet Jet- Review” on your notepad and keep on typing. Likewise, if you see a pregnant woman on TV and it inspires you, you can write “Pregnancy- best brands of pregnancy clothing” or whatever it is that caught your attention about what you saw.
TV can also trigger knowledge you’ve never written about before. Say the “Today” show is doing a segment on Italian food and you remember your awesome meatball recipe. Write it down on that notebook of yours and keep on typing. It really is amazing that television inspires article topics by catching your attention about things you’d never thought of writing about. A commercial on dog food inspired me to write my article about keeping your dog from eating its own poop. Otherwise, I likely would have eventually gotten turned on to that particular topic, but television certainly helps.
As a writer, it’s important to always be in “article mode”- where anything you see or hear has a potential title attached to it. In order to come up with different and creative topic ideas on a daily basis, you need to be open to getting your inspiration where you can, and television is one of the best ways to do it.
While you’re typing, have your TV on a volume you can hear but also tune out. Keep working on what you’re typing, and have that notebook handy. Every now and then, the TV will catch your attention, and when it does, quickly write down what it was that caught your eye, even if it’s just one word, like “flower”, or “rain”. Whatever reason it was that these particular things caught your attention will come to you when you move on to your TV-inspired articles, and “flower” can easily turn into “How to make your flowers stay alive in winter” or whatever knowledge you have on the subject.
What you should NOT do is just stare at your TV hoping for inspiration for a topic idea. If you just watch TV all day, you’ll get out of that creative mode and not be as open to seeing the article in what you’re watching. It’s best to already be working on articles so you have your writer’s mind going, and the ideas will just come to you so you have many inspired topic ideas to keep your writing juices flowing. It’s a great way to avoid writer’s block.