Freelance writers working from home need a constant stream of ideas to write about. Whether you are writing articles, short stories, a novel or poetry or verse for cards you need ideas and lots of them. You need something fresh or a new twist on an old idea. Where can you find ideas and inspiration? Will you run out of ideas after a while?
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Firstly I want to reassure you that you will not run out of ideas. In fact the more ideas you generate the more inspiration you will get. It's just that sometimes you won't get an idea by simply sitting at your home office desk or the kitchen table with your laptop waiting for inspiration to strike.
Some ways to generate ideas are:
Revisit work you have done previously to see if you can recycle an idea. Approach the topic from a different viewpoint or present the ideas in a different way. If you have written about a topic in a 'Ten Ways to...' format, try rewriting it from a personal perspective. You might choose five of the points and include examples from personal experience. Keep in mind the market you are writing for to decide the most suitable format and style to write in.
Find an inspirational quote or something controversial and write about it.
Think about what is happening in your town or street at the moment. I came up with this idea because the last three days there has been plenty of activity in our usually quiet street.
You may be able to write something specific or use the idea as a springboard for something more generalised. You may do some research and include changes over the years. Perhaps you can interview someone to get information, quotes and a personal perspective. If you are writing short stories or a novel you may be able to adapt the event and include it in your fiction.
Write about an activity you have participated in recently. You may want to use your own experience and reaction as a starting point and do some research to get more information.
Read a newspaper. This could be a local paper or a paper that is relevant to your state. Perhaps it is The Australian. It could be a free paper. A newspaper that is weeks old will still have articles that provide inspiration.
News from the internet will also provide ideas. Choose online or hard copy news according to your preference.
The news provides a wealth of information about current events, changing ideas and new research. There is the occasional feel good story too. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Find the oldest magazine you can and look at the adverts as well as the articles. Take note of the changes that have occurred since it was printed.
Look at some photos. Beautiful scenery may inspire a poem or verse or give you the setting for a piece of fiction. How would a natural disaster change the countryside and what effect would it have on any people living in the area?
Go for a walk. Leave your mobile at home so you observe your surroundings. Not only are you bound to see something to write about but the exercise and fresh air will boost your creativity.
Visit a coffee shop or fast food restaurant. Look around and take note of the environment and the people. Listen to conversations. Read a magazine if the shop provides them. Note anything of interest. Enjoy your coffee (or other drink).
Visit an art gallery. Whether it is a big gallery or a community venture, there will be artwork in a variety of styles on different topics and utilising a variety of media.
Ideas are all around us. When you start taking notice of things with the view to finding something to write about you, will be amazed to realise how much inspiration is just waiting to be discovered.