One way to create ideas is looking around at current events. This might be internationally, nationally or locally depending on your focus. Another is to look at the things around your life. Seldom are we so completely different that others aren’t facing the same problems and issues.
For example, on the US national stage the president has faced much in a short period in office. There are several officials that have not paid taxes. It’s tax season – how does that vary from the ordinary people who “forget” to pay taxes? Would someone making $30,000 per year be allowed to “forget” taxes for 4 years? Did they not “have people” with the popular tax ads?
Then there’s the ethics ideas. What is ethical and how far do we take it? For teachers? For law enforcement? For parents and for the kids? The recent photos of swimmer Phelps with pot has brought forum comments from “it’s just pot” to questioning his endorsements. There’s many levels and many ideas from business to home life this perspective comes into play.
“Gray’s Anatomy” recently had a story line about organ transplants. Why should people be an organ donor, or not be an organ donor? How are transplants done? What is required for maintenance? With pets living longer is this an option for pets and why or why not?
Question things! Put your own viewpoint and spin on it and write then switch viewpoints and write from the “other side”. Look at current events with new eyes. There’s already been much written on the octuplets and discussion on both sides. Scale it back and tweak it – cost cutting ideas for large families, or a humor piece about running your own day care. Use pets instead of children. There’s been people that see someone with 5 dogs and say “wow you have a LOT of dogs” while having six or seven children walking with them! The dogs don’t need public school, fashionable clothes and possible college education!
Again go the other way. What about people who for whatever reason choose to not have any children or pets?
Many are looking at Valentines Day pieces but with the focus on this what of those facing the day for the first time without their special someone? This can also be used for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day etc. It’s something we all go through but how many write about it to help others?
What are the things you can do that perhaps others don’t know as much about? This could be anything from building bird houses to sewing to changing the oil in the car! How to do basic auto maintenance can save money or, for cars under warranty that perhaps have restrictions, how to know when you do or don’t need something? How to identify auto scams?
The ideas come forth quickly once invited. Look around and listen to the world. Ideas await!!