I have found myself in this predicament. I can’t think of anything to write about or can’t think how to make an article out of a vague thought I have.
Luckily, there are SO many ways of overcoming this.
Firstly, are you reading enough? Watching the news and just generally keeping up with popular culture? As a journalist this should be part of your daily routine so if it’s not, start now. Read news articles, watch TV or listen to the radio and think: what do I think about this? Have you got a strong opinion about a particular issue or have had a similar (or even better, completely opposite) experience? Those kinds of ideas could be the beginnings of a comment piece or a blog post.
Are you leaving the house and talking to people enough? Most of my ideas for original articles come from conversations in the pub. Find out what’s going on in people’s lives, what problems they are having, what they think about what’s in the news that week. The internet is another way of doing this, read comments on articles and find out what people are talking about in forums.
Think about what you’ve done in your life and what your family and friends have done. Is there an interesting real life story there?
Know anyone with an unusual job or who’s had a strange experience?
Have a look at Guardian Experience for stories of unique experiences.
A Working Life for interesting accounts of every day jobs.
This is my bedroom floor:
Go and spend £15 at WHSmith and get a copy of as many newspapers and magazines as possible, not just the ones you read either. Take some time to study them all, have a look at each column and section. You’ll see that you don’t have to be thinking of two page features, write a short letter for the letters page, give some advice in a blog type space, or send in a small tip off about that strange thing you came across last week to G2.
If your head is not flooding with ideas after taking this advice, you may need a brain scan.