Finding fresh ideas to write about

by MARCELLA SIMMONS
(Logansport LA USA)

As Orson Scott Card states, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones
who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.”

My children have given me many writing faucets to choose from over the years – just raising them presented ideas of all sorts and sizes!

These rejected masterpieces would end up in file thirteen – out of sight and out of mind. It finally occurred to me this past week that there might be some salvageable stories in my filing cabinet but after hours of skimming through the entire three drawers of rejected manuscripts it was
hopeless. These stories were out-dated, and most of them were badly written – it was of no wonder they were rejected.

After hours of rummaging through old manuscripts that had yellowed with age, rusty paper clip imprints on some of them, I pulled out several that might be salvageable if I did a total rewrite, complete with new information and a new twist. My work is cut out for me!

"Potty Training My Two Year Old" will now become "Potty Training Tips for Grand Parents" or "Helping Mommy Potty Train the Two Year Old at Grandma’s House" or "Ma-Maw 911" or something similar! My article dealing with Teen Dating will now become an article for young single mothers starting over. My "Cooking for Teens" will now become "Cooking for Infants and Toddler Grand Children" or something like that!

My life is full of exciting things to write about as I am sure yours is as well. Reach out, pluck one off the vine and write it up – see where you end up with it. Start writing!

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