Where do your writing ideas come from? For a long time I didn’t really have an answer for that question. Where did they come from? Imagination, yeah of course, but what was the spark that brought the idea to life?
Many of my stories, especially my short stories, have come from writing prompts. I’ve belonged to a few writers groups over the years, and several of them utilized writing prompts to help get the writing juices flowing. It has worked for my short story ideas, and at least one of my novels started that way too.
One of my problems is figuring out what to blog about. Writing prompts don’t cut it as blogging topics. So where do bloggers find their material?
Recently, I was looking for a way to get unbiased news. I went online and checked media bias websites AllSides and Media Bias/Fact Check and put together a list of media outlets that were considered least biased. I put together my list on feedly and that’s where I get my daily news now. It has actually cut down my stress from reading the news, because for some reason I’m not getting pissed off anymore. Who knew there was so much biased opinion floating around on the internet.
A huge side benefit to this plan is that my news feed is giving me all kinds of great ideas for blog (and Facebook) posts. Who knew that the news could actually be informative, enjoyable, and useful?