If you are a freelance writer you can find inspiration for whatever form of writing you do all around you. This is particularly the case if you write on a range of subjects or your area is fairly general. If you are looking for ideas for poetry or short stories, things you are exposed to in everyday life can provide you with an idea, either as the topic or as part of your creative piece.
At the moment I am sitting at my laptop in my bedroom typing away with the door open. I can hear a tap dripping in the next room which is the kitchen. Yes, the sound is annoying me. Why wasn't the tap turned off properly? But, what has that got to do with finding ideas to write about?
Well, I could write an article about -
ways to lower your water bill
things to be aware of when getting a plumber
how to change a washer
the importance of maintaining things in your home eg taps, flyscreens, door locks, window locks
simple home repairs
Perhaps I could write a humorous piece. Maybe a short story about a single woman who has been looking for love on the internet and finds it with the plumber who comes to fix her leaking tap.
A dripping tap can inspire your writing. Pixabay
Five ways to find ideas to write about -
1. Take notice of what is happening around you this very minute Be aware of the dripping tap, birds singing, dog next door has started barking (does my neighbour have a visitor or is she getting a delivery?)
On the topic of birds you could write about -
a particular type of bird
your favourite bird
the symbolism of owls, crows or another bird
On the topic of visitors you could write about -
does the average person have more or fewer people come to their door than forty years ago?
are the people who come to the door mostly friends, salespeople or delivery people?
ways to discourage unsolicited salespeople
ways to discourage unsolicited phone calls
do people go out for coffee rather than inviting people to their home these days?
perhaps a recipe for a slice, biscuits or cake to serve with coffee
what are the benefits of ordering groceries online and having them delivered?
what effect is the ability to order clothes, furniture, books etc online having on small businesses that sell these items?
Jot down ideas as they come to you even if they seem a bit way out. Pixabay
2. Season Is it spring, summer, autumn or winter? Are there tips for that season you could write about? Sometimes you need to think way ahead if you write for magazines and they need copy months before publication.
3. Special celebrations Is Easter, Christmas, Mothers' Day or another celebration coming up? In relation to the event perhaps you can write about -
ways to save money
how to be organised
a special memory
how to reduce stress
4. Questions people are asking What are people thinking, talking and reading about these days? Find out by looking at -
letters to the editor
questions being directed to the 'agony aunt' of a woman's magazine