Everybody has a story. Listen to your relatives at family gatherings. Listen to people on the bus, in the grocery store, in a restaurant, in airports, and on the job. How people express themselves breathes life into your writing.
Look around you. Notice the flowers, bushes, trees, and animal life, the sunsets, the children playing in the yard. Become a people watcher. Note what they’re wearing, their mannerisms, their actions and reactions, their facial expressions, how they walk, how they dress, what they’re reading. Specifics make your writing come alive.
Interact with people. Don’t just ask the easy questions—the who, what, when, and where—but also the hard ones—the how and why. Besides becoming a better conversationalist, you’ll also get a plethora of writing ideas.
Be alert to ideas on TV, radio, in newspapers, magazines, books, and on the web.
Christian Writers Guild editorial board member Dennis Hensley suggests several never-miss topics every article writer should consider when breaking into the business:
Activities and entertainment