Nick Simard

Jan 4, 2022

3 Places to Find Inspiration for Atomic Essays

With the next Ship 30 for 30 cohort quickly approaching, I thought I'd write a quick essay about where to find topic ideas for atomic essays.

"I don't know what to write about!!" - Maybe You at Some Point

These might seem obvious to some people, but in my experience they can be great jumping off points.

1) Medium Articles

I find that as I'm perusing Medium and come across something I'd like to respond to, that my response can often be made into an atomic essay.

Go beyond the short and practically useless comments that most people leave (like "Thanks for this informative piece") and really dig into the topic.

BONUS: You can leave the comment and also use it for your Atomic Essay ;)

2) Quora Questions

Again, this is nothing revolutionary that I'm divulging, but take a look at Quora and find something you'd like to answer. As with Medium, you can get the double-benefit of building up a collection of Quora answers as well as produce Atomic Essays.

It doesn't matter if someone else has already answered it. Use it as a writing prompt that happens to provide a space for your answer to be seen by thousands (or millions) of readers.

3) YouTube Videos

I'm not telling you to outright steal ideas from YouTube videos, but you can use them for inspiration, and borrow, remix, re-purpose, analyze them. You can also credit the creator by tagging them on Twitter (might get you some views from them and their followers).

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this has given you some ideas about how you can find inspiration when you don't know what to write about!

Nick Simard

I'm a bit of an eclectic misfit. You'll find everything from writing, to ADHD, technology, psychology, apps, family, automation, and anything in between. Enjoy!