How To Find Five Unique Story, Content OR Blog Ideas… Every Single Day
Every so often I gasp in awe at the bounty of lessons life offers you. Taking ten minutes of your day to stop and notice is the only requirement. This practice fuels creativity.
My typical post features a life experience commected to a lesson. That formula has produced 250 or so unique stories.
This post showcases five possibilities I could have written about.
All five of these experiences offer insight and learning opportunities. It’s all about connecting the dots.
If you are someone who struggles with creativity, writers block or idea droughts, this practice proves you are full of infinite ideas. It’s just a matter of taking ten minutes out of your day to journal your life.
A few days ago I bought “blue light” blocking glasses on Amazon. I heard that they help you sleep better. As soon as I bought them I felt a rush of feel good chemicals sweep through my veins. “A solution to my sleep troubles. Finally!”
The act of buying created a brief euphoria, a feeling of hope. Now that these glasses arrived I feel trepidation. Will they work? What if they don’t? What do I try next?
Story Idea: The act of buying creates emotional relief. When it comes time to put the solution into practice, we feel stress about the uncertainty.
Saving $2 On Lunch
I went to my favorite place in town for lunch. They make great salads. As I rattle off my usual order, I remember:
“Wait. We have an avocado at home.”
I changed my plans and ordered my salad without avocado. I asked for it “to go” instead of eating there. That also meant I would either have to work at home or go back out later to the coffee shop.
Story Idea: If someone offered me $2 cash to re-arrange my work day would I do it? Of course not. Still, I was intent on saving the $2 on lunch. Instead of eating and then walking to the coffee shop, I took lunch home. Then I ate. Next, I went back out to the coffee shop to write. Why?
Eavesdropping — My Favorite Pastime
It’s a beautiful day to sit outside. I’m drinking my coffee and doing some writing. At the table next to me is a college aged woman. She just finished her freshman year. She’s talking to another woman who appears 30ish.
The younger woman is sobbing. She’s planning on breaking up with her boyfriend. She thinks he needs a therapist. He struggles with letting out his feelings. It frustrates her. One line caught my attention.
“This is the hardest thing I’ll ever do in my life.”
Story Idea: Just wait and see. It only gets harder from here. Or, tie it in with one of my own experiences as a twenty-year-old.
You Have The Patio To Yourself
I’m still at the coffee shop. It’s now twenty minutes later. The only other remaining customer leaves. A guy standing outside said to me:
“Now you’ve got the whole patio to yourself.”
This means nothing to me but I want to be polite. I reply:
“Nice. I can finish up my work without disturbances.”
He then proceeds to start a conversation with me. This is the last thing I want. Plus, he obviously paid no attention to my reply. If he did he would have left me alone.
Story Idea: Have you ever had one of those conversations where it’s obvious the other person is not paying attention to what you say?
National Night Out
National Night Out is a community-police awareness event in the United States. It is held the first Tuesday of August. Our town hosted a street fair for the occasion. I perceive my town as nothing but families with school age children.
It’s easy to forget. There are also people here without kids. I noticed an interesting dynamic at the National Night Out. The younger ones with families hung out in one section. This was the rowdy and chaotic section.
The older people without kids all sat in front of the band. They watched and listened with mild enthusiasm.
Story Idea: There are a few possibilities here. We fail to notice things that are not part of our routine. It caught me by surprise that there were couples and families without kids in our town. “Where did these people come from?”
The other possibility is to write about how we tend to gravitate to our own groups, shunning or ignoring the out-groups.
Even the most mundane events trigger creative thought.
Observe. Pay attention. Journal. Connect those experiences with your existing knowledge. You’ll never run out of ideas again.
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