"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
~ Gautama Siddharta
If you're a long-time follower, you know I am a fan of Suzanne Pitner's writing articles. She is full of great tips, strategies, idea starters, and information. I read this article recently and loved it, and I can't help but share one of the awesome tips she suggested.
Keep a File of Writing Prompts from News Reports
This idea has been mentioned many times, and the reason is because it works. Read the newspaper with an eye for unusual or interesting articles. In a recent week, these articles appeared:
- A respected man robbed three banks.
- Sea turtle eggs were moved to safer shores.
- A Druid celebration occurred at Stonehenge.
- Thrill seeking teenagers jumped off moving cars on a bridge into a river.These articles could all be turned into stories. Why would a respected community member turn to bank robbery? What if something unusual happened at Stonehenge this year? How would a teenage driver deal with his buddy slipping and falling into oncoming traffic?