Writing ideas are scooped out of living life,
family gatherings, a newspaper headline,
chatter you over-heard at the mall, or a
chirping bird outside your window.
Let's start with one of my real life
experiences. There is a room in my
house that is cluttered most of the
year. Why? Everyone living in my
house dumps unused clothes, radios/
televisions to be fixed, old furniture,
books, and toys in it.
Not-so-often, I muster up the
courage to, at least, curve out a
walking path. Yes, I bring in
My story idea is on a particular
day, after struggling with an old
television, I discovered a small
closet. It banged against the wall
several times, which forced its
door to pop open.
I jumped back, coughed from
the dust. I left the room for
I returned. It took awhile
to clear-out the dust and cob-webs.
In one corner, there sat an old doll,
covered with strips of linen. Or, was
it something else?
see exactly what was hidden.
"Oh, no!" I dropped it.
The exposed face showed a
How and why the bundle came
to rest in the small crawl space
suspense, obstacles, and the
recipe for an interesting thriller
Think about your daily routine.
What room in your house,
about? Perhaps, a place you once
visited. Is there something that
has nagged you about the premises
since you first visited? One place
you stepped into made you
uncomfortable, but you never
figured out why. Digging up
the reason can make an
excellent fiction idea.
Always change names, addresses,
dates, and actual likenesses. It is
Your family near and far gathered
to have fun. During the occassion,
family not seen often, and general
chit-chat goes on.
Someone mentioned secret. You
were not able to hear the full details,
the "S" word brings all kinds of
options to write about.
The person working under-cover for
the government, retail outlet, or a
the three ideas can be explosive
A doctor with a practice in urban
America. His/her staff consists
are disappearing. How? Any
connection to the doctor's office?
Hmm. What do you think?
What conditions would a
Every time a certain
individual departs Macy's items
do too. Only, he/she is a secret
A newspaper has a wealth of
writing ideas. A quick scan
the following titles: Bus and
Mosque Owners Teaching At
I have not read the articles,
but a bus is used to rob a bank.
schedule, plans to dress as an old
lady, and afterwards, climb on the
bus for home.
The Mosque Owners, in my
fiction story, taught the children
children acted on those words.
One evening, a teen shared
with another teen his view,
murdered. People at the
Mosque said it had to be an
What ideas can you pull from
headlines in your newspaper?
over-heard at the mall.
"My boyfriend is an animal."
One teen girl said to another.
various ideas stumble to mind.
A man, much older than she,
is called animal, and he is an
arms dealer. My second idea
is two teen males known for
making animal sounds as jokes.
One day, animal sounds were
used to distract the cashier,
and a kidnapping took place.
A chirping bird brings to mind
day, sweet sound, or panic, death.The point is use life as your disk
to pluck ideas for writing.