When I first started writing articles, I didn't think I would be able to think of things to write about. I would get an idea and get an article out and then think; What do I write about now? After you get each one out it seems like you are running out of ideas, but opposite is true. As you write more articles, you are able to identify good article material more easily and more often.
If you come across a good idea and are a little unsure of what to include in your article, do some research. What better place than Internet for research! If you are having difficulty coming up with ideas, there are ways to "train" your mind to recognize an article in emails, ezines, message boards, and other places. Ideas for your articles can be found anywhere!
*Message Boards - Make rounds on your favorite boards and see what people are discussing. What questions are people asking. One simple question can be turned into an excellent article.
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*Discussion Lists - Same as with boards. When you are reading posts, always ask yourself: Would this make a good, informative article? Do people want or need to know about this?
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*Emails - You can get ideas just by reading emails from friends and associates. As when I received an email from a friend who said she was so stressed out she was considering quitting her business. The idea just hit me and my article "Don't Quit...De-Stress!" was born. Just think of each event as it could be written into an article. Positive and negative.
*Current Events - Keep abreast of what is happening on Internet and in "real" world. Many news stories can be made into informative and effective articles.