Not just any original content, but good original content.
I I got called out for sharing articles that I find interesting from Internet and adding stuff as to what I think about them. I feel like my brain isn't good enough to make my OWN original myTakes. Ones that include my thoughts, my feelings. I've been putting out original myTakes and I do write things from my own mind but k feel as if most of what I write isn't good enough.
I see these beautiful myTakes that people create, whether it be poetry or what they think about the tragedies that happened recently and I wonder why I can't put my thoughts together in a civilized manner that is legible enough to be an organized thought.
So I was wondering how most of you come up with your ideas for takes and organized them into original ideas.
Firstly, I think you do very well. It's great that you want to improve (everyone can) but you needn't be so self-critical. :)
And what you're referring to has a name, or several names; some people in the biz call it "secondary reporting" while others call it just "rewriting" or "spinning." It's a common topic, actually, because with SO many websites out there covering the same topic, it's basically inevitable. It has even become a highly sought-after skill and it's definitely part of Internet reporting, whether we like it or not.
As for original ideas, my recommendation would be to simply make a list of topics you have strong ideas about, and simply talk about them. Anyone can do that because of course, everyone has a strong opinion about at least a few topics. ;) Just make sure you don't get in the habit of repeating the same ideas, that's all.
Well, if you've noticed with me, a lot of my works have long spaces in between publish dates.
What I personally do is find a subject and allow myself to focus on it, write as much as I can about it, and put it in an archive for later, and then work on something else. I get my inspiration from interesting conversations I have in my personal life (which I have pointed out before), from issues in the news, from things I see on G@G, and of course I will write about topics in which I have strong, rounded opinions of. I take my time to add to it before editing a master-copy and posting it.
Of course I have one-take mytakes where I get a thought in my head and just run with it, but the above method is more practical for struggling writers.
You can do what DooMguy does if you want. I tend to include pictures of the things I've done. I feel it makes it more original. Just write your own thoughts, only use the articles if you want to get facts, stats from them
I just write about things I like/things I'm interested in
"I I got called out for sharing articles that I find interesting from Internet and adding stuff as to what I think about them. I feel like my brain isn't good enough to make my OWN original myTakes. "
There is NOTHING wrong with this, just about everything in human society is some form of this. If someone has a problem with it they are dumb. I say just keep doing your thing, if that's sharing content you find and breaking it down with some of your opinions then that IS your "Take" on that content.
On my old account I wrote a few takes - First thing I will say is that there is no such thing as an "Original" thought - Something inspires you, something you read, heard, saw then it forms a thought process either consciously or subconsciously - How I wrote my takes was an idea would form in my mind and I would spend maybe 24 hours fleshing it out into a logical path that could form a take then you start writing, with the saving and editing function you can hone it into a presentable form - Depending on time available it probably took one day to sort out in your head and maybe 5 actual hours at the keyboard to type/edit it.
You recently asked a question about learning to swim. You could write a myTake on where you were when you started (ability, fears, goals), what the learning process was like, and where you see your progress and what the whole journey has been like. I think that would be a great read.
To be honest I think a lot of the takes are made up of other articles, altered slightly then stitched together. Just read a lot to get the old language juices flowing to make it easier to write, then come up with a template of what you wanna say, then start drafting to put meat on the bones. Good luck wid it.
This is why I hate mass media and to some extent social media. The news have turned from a medium of being informed to political propaganda where people see something and regurgitate it to others as if they're their own opinions. Or if they are, they only scratch the surface of what something could be or from a stance so narrow minded that it becomes trivial and copypasta
People don't like to think, never considering other angles or persecutions and stick to what they know or want to believe. I see it on here all the time. I'm guilty of it sometimes. Not to toot my own horn, but the difference with me, compared to most people, however, is that I try to say something different. 1 of the things I hate most is a take where everyone just agrees and has no input or contributes to a bigger discussion and all the posts are exactly the same
If that's the point, what the hell is the point of writing a take unless it's just informational, like workout tips? It's like the award shows like the Emmys where actors suck their own dicks by awarding each other
Instead of taking a popular article on a topic that interests you and reposting it in your own words, find a topic that you know nothing about in a field you're interested in and do your own research. You can make reference to the sources that you've used, but you should always be trying to use evidence to prove your point instead of just reporting something someone else has written. Learn enough about a subject to formulate an opinion on it, then tell us about what you've learned.
All I see on my feed are Takes from you. So you must be doing something right. I haven't been here that long but most of the Takes I've read have just been someone bashing something. Find a topic that you feel strongly about and just let your words flow.