Where Do Writing Ideas Come From?
My article today on Forthright came about as the result of a random thought. When I woke up on Monday morning, “peace in my pocket,” came out of nowhere and I quickly typed it into a Word document. When I returned home from errands, I opened that document and the thought expanded into an article rather quickly.
People often ask where you get ideas for articles. Many times, you do not know. They just appear out of nowhere. When that happens, they are welcome companions.
Other times, my articles come from my sermons or from the thoughts of others. At times, I write articles on subjects simply because I do not see anyone else talking about it.
“Why” and “What about…” are excellent questions to ask, when searching for a new idea.
When we write fiction, our imaginations have more freedom to run. I enjoy seeing stories that are obviously a result of asking the question, “What if…” The fields of horror and science fiction are replete with these type motivations.
Where do you find your topics? Where do your ideas come from? How can we find new ones?