How Do You Get Your Ideas?

When I get to talking about my writing, I’m often asked “Where do you get your ideas?” I think the process is different for everyone but in my case, the ideas are all around me. I just have to tune in and pay attention.

Last month for Script Frenzy, I wrote a series of poems on the general theme of nightly news. I read newspapers – online and hard copy – and chose stories that touched my heart. There had to be an element of emotion for me — that’s just how poetry is for me. Then I’d write whatever came to mind in a little notebook I carried with me at all times.

Some of the poems were nearly complete in their first draft. Some needed tweaking, editing, pruning. Some needed more. Some were just wretched and will likely never see the light of day. I’ve shared a few here and am editing another 25 or so for submission in a chapbook competition.

So, next time you feel that creative spark start to burn in you but have no idea what to write about, look around you. Pick an idea, a topic, a person that captures your imagination. Tell a story about it. Create a backstory, invent a future…

Whatever you do, don’t let it escape. Ideas are everywhere!



About Diann Writes

Diann L. Tongco enjoys sketching, crafts and photography as well as writing poetry and novels. To stay out of trouble, she writes, shows curly-coated retrievers, grows fragrant roses, drinks good of wine with friends, and spends time with her grandchildren. She lives on Washington's Puget Sound with her boyfriend Nick and their dog Ozzy.
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One Response to How Do You Get Your Ideas?

  1. Rita says:

    I get mine from everyday experiences and observations. Something as simple as a cloud with a peculiar shape, or a comment from the person ahead of me in line at the grocery store…sometimes it’s a pervasive feeling that courses through my body until I do something to get it out of my head via my fingers. Ironic.

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