5 Tricks to Finding Fabulous Writing Ideas
Recently, I revealed what yawning guys and ladies with letters have to do with why I write.
Today I just want to talk about how we can get fabulous ideas, once we've found our reason for writing. Here are 5 thoughts:
1. Exercise. I say this because I got the idea for Stone Crossings somewhere between a leg lift and a push up. This probably had less to do with the kind of exercise I was doing and more to do with mental space. That is, when we give ourselves the time and circumstance to simply drift in our thoughts, we find little places to dock. Some of these little places might turn into a letter to Grandma, but some might turn into a blog post or a book.
2. Draw. The artwork you see above is the beginning of my daughter's tale about fairies. It's a great story that includes the surprising revelation that fairies are born when they pop out of blooming flowers. When the time is right, they fly up to the sky to get their names, which come to them on a sunbeam. The takeaway for us writers is that it's good to sometimes begin in pictures, without any preconceived ideas about where we need to be going.
3. Stand on your head. (see 5)
4. Pour water over your head. (also see 5)
5. Bang your head against the wall. Okay, so three through five are really the Frog and Toad approach to finding story ideas. When frog and toad had done all these things and more, they found they had a story to tell. The moral? Sometimes we just need to be open to experiences, no matter how mundane they seem on the surface.
Just 5 tricks. Now let's trade. How do you get your story ideas?
Fairies Hiding artwork, by Sara. Used by permission.