You can find a story every day.
Every day that you wake up and walk outside your four walls you have the opportunity to see something new and create something different from it. As a writer it’s important to not only write, but to observe and to see what’s going on around you. Little tidbits can create the best books. It can be something as simple as a bird flying overhead and you wondering what direction it’s going and where came from.
Or maybe it was part of a casual conversation you overheard when you stopped for a quick lunch. It is amazing how one little bit of the conversation, taken out of context, can send you in wonderful directions of your imagination.
It can also be observing people in action; little kids are perfect for finding inspiration for stories. Their innocence and wide-eyed observations let you see things in a totally different way.. The little children aren’t the only ones that observes things differently than you might. Have you ever heard a teenager look at something and say how boring, but you were thinking it was really exciting. So, obviously, it’s all a matter of perspective from the observer’s point of view. And as we get older things that we looked at in our youth look totally different now.
But the items that you observe shouldn’t just be people. Take the ornate object this just sitting there in a forgotten corner; what’s the story behind that. Maybe it was something that was left years ago by somebody who didn’t come back for it. Why didn’t they come back to collect the item? Where did they go that they didn’t take it with them?
Everything you look at can have you starting to ask questions. They’re questions so old and mundane, so part of our elementary education that they are second nature to us. We don’t really think about them, but the questions are: Who, What, When, Where and Why.
So your challenge today is to look at things differently. Pick out one thing that grabs you and creatively think of it differently than the context in which you actually see it.
Let your imanigation go and have fun!