The number one question they ask me when I tell someone that I am a writer is: "Where do you find all your ideas?" This has never been a problem for me. In fact, I have the opposite problem. I have so many ideas spinning in my head that it's hard to concentrate on one. If you have trouble finding ideas to write, I have some tips for you.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
A good place to start when looking for writing topics are your own hobbies and interests. If you are an avid gardener, you may want to write about gardens. If you love cooking, consider writing for the food section of the local newspaper or gourmet magazine. If sport is your thing, you can interview athletes for sports magazines.
Every time I travel to a new place, I see many interesting sites. If you love to travel, you can submit a travel article to a magazine before your next trip. You could even pay some of your expenses. I have also written about new plants, animals and tourist attractions that I have seen in my travels.
The first thing I do every morning after serving a cup of coffee is reading the newspaper. You may come up with new ideas every time you read the newspaper. If you like to read the main page or the art and entertainment section, you will find some new topic to write about. Take an idea and give it a new twist or twist.
My family is a great source of inspiration for my writing. If you like to write for children or parents, you will get many great ideas simply by looking at your own family members. Even if you don't write articles for parents, you could write about a hobby that someone in your family has or write about your dog or cat for a pet magazine.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND SCRAPBOOKS
Many times looking at old photographs is a good way to get ideas for your writing. Old memories will arise and you will remember forgotten events. You may find a photo of your children learning to ride a bicycle or a camping trip you took with your family. The possibilities are endless.
When you finish writing for the day, you can relax watching some television. I have discovered that educational stations like Animal Planet, Food Network and History Channel always give me ideas for stories and articles. You won't feel so guilty about watching TV if it inspires you to write.
I don't know about your dreams, but mine can be a little crazy sometimes. You should start writing down your dreams as soon as you wake up in the morning. You can find a great plot for a story.
This always works for me. When I'm a little tired and ideas just don't come, I go for a walk or ride a bike. The exercise awakens my brain and I start thinking clearly again.
You probably learned this technique at school and used it to write compositions. Brainstorming is a very effective way to get ideas to write. Choose a topic you want to write about. Then start a brainstorm on that topic and write each related word that comes to mind. For example, if your subject is dogs, you can write leashes, dog food, ball, bones, collar, frisbee, walk, pet, friend, etc. Hold a brainstorm on your subject for ten or fifteen minutes and you should have an idea for a story or an article
LISTENING TO MUSIC
You may not be able to write while listening to music, but it is a great way to have ideas. Music often brings back memories of your past and helps you relax. The next time you have an idea, turn on the radio for a few minutes.
I hope some of these techniques for finding writing ideas work for you. I know they have always worked for me and I rarely run out of ideas to write. Happy writing!