How to Generate a Story or Blog Idea in as little as 20 Minutes!  By MJ Elliott

How to Generate a Story or Blog Idea in as little as 20 Minutes!

I love to write! In fact, I love it so much that I generate story ideas just to store them in my writing file. Right now I have about 30 of them just waiting for me to find the time to write them out.

This post is meant to give you an example of one of the methods that I use.
As someone who loves to write, both as a blogger and as a self- published author, I can tell you that generating ideas for a story or a blog doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world.

If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts, save this post or keep on reading. The Journey has just begun…
When I first started my journey as a writer, I thought it was going to be easy, I would publish my own stuff and share it on my facebook page or in my email list, and the rest would be history, I was wrong.

I had no idea how hard it can be to produce new content as often as I needed. I instantly regretted not taking the time to learn how to generate ideas in the first place.

Here is one of the Methods I use to create story or blog ideas…

It’s called “The 5 P’s Method,” and has helped me generate several story/blog ideas.

1. Pick a Topic: it’s just a reflection of what you know already.

Ask yourself this question. What is something you know a lot about when it comes to sharing it with others?

It’s not that hard either, just think about something you’ve experienced in your life and write it down on a piece of paper. It can be anything! I have generated ideas for anything from writing a devotional blog to self-publishing a successful book.

2. Put that idea into a paragraph. Write about what you know.

Ask yourself this question. What is something you can share about what you’ve learned about this topic?

Simply put, take five minutes and write out a few of the things you have learned, it doesn’t have to be an organized thought, just jot it down.


3. Profile a personal struggle, share about what you went through to learn about that topic.

Ask yourself this question. What were some of my struggles along the way?

Think about what it took for you to learn the topic you chose, don’t be afraid to reveal the ups and downs of your learning process as you gained the knowledge you have now. Use a character plot line for a story or your own experience for a blog post.


4. Picture possible consequences. Offer up some advice relating to overcoming the struggles you faced.

Ask yourself this question. What were some methods I used to overcome the struggles I faced and what were the results?

Think about how you overcame those moments when you just wanted to give up and offer your reader some guidance. Doing this can be presented through a character’s experience if you’re writing a story, and in a how-to format for a blog post.


5. Produce a Plan of Action: bring everything together.

Ask yourself this question. What do all of these steps have in common and what do I want to accomplish with this idea?

You’ve probably figured out your idea from what you’ve already done so this step should be pretty natural; it’s time for you to write out your outline. Once you have your plan of action, the rest should come pretty quickly.


So that’s it, guys.

Sorry, it was a bit lengthy, but I hope this has encouraged you to go generate ideas.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Times of Refreshing come by HIS Hand,

Matthew Elliott of MJ Elliott Consultants. Matthew has held different ministry positions including Missions Specialist with the Salvation Army, Youth Minister, and Family Ministries Director. MJELLIOTTCONSULTANT.COM