Finding Ideas: At Home

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October 23, 2017

 

We walk around our homes each day, sometimes forgetting that it is a key source of inspiration. Actually, it’s one of five common sources often overlooked: community, home, work, school, and the Internet.

From the front door to the farthest corner of our homes, there are many ideas just waiting to be captured, and developed into saleable work. For example, do you own a Keurig or similar coffee maker? Why, or why not? Your response could be turned into an article, devotional, poem, or other project. For example you could:

    • Pen an article on “How I Saved Big Bucks Making My Own Lattes,” “I Still Use My Old-Fashioned Coffeemaker,” or “Why I Hate the Other Dark Brew.”
    • Write a devotional about “Meeting God Over Coffee.”
    • Craft a poem centered on a coffee characteristic – color, texture, taste, origin, etc..
    • Write a vignette for use in a book, perhaps sharing how your refusal to replace an unusable coffee maker was akin to holding on to old feelings of resentment.

 

 Home Sweet Home

To uncover ideas in the making, look at your home through the eyes of a stranger. Look in each room.

A parent’s bedroom. My MomSense article “In Our Home” discussed time-management skills I used as a single parent.

A child’s bedroom. “Storm Party” about my helping kids overcome storm-related fears appeared in Bay Area Parent and a couple similar magazines.

The living room. “Gifts from the Heart” about my young niece’s exuberant response to a Christmas gift I gave her appeared in Nashville Parent, Living Light News (Canada), and other publications.

The kitchen. My essay “A Touch of Love” connected my cooking eggs for my son to a childhood memory of my dad doing the same for me, and appeared in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Women, and A Cup of Comfort Big Book of Prayer.

A bathroom. My MomSense article Mommy Fears shared how I handled fears from a spiritual perspective. It began with story about fears I had about my son’s use of a men’s bathroom. (It won third place in a writing contest.)

A closet invites ideas about money matters, clothing preferences, relationships, kids’ games (i.e., hide-and-seek) marriage unity or strife (based on shopping habits), or money matters. My article “Dabbling with Debt” appeared in Discipleship Journal and began with a story about how my introduction to debt began with buying clothing using my sister’s credit card.

 

More Ideas in Your Home

 Hobbies. Consider the many hobbies represented in your household. Those can be the focus of how-to articles, personal experience essays, devotionals, or even a book. Hobbies also may provide background information for a character’s hobby in a short story or novel.

Family heirlooms. Some people hand down valuable possessions that remain in a family for years. Other families hold on to those that have very little monetary value, but are priceless to them nonetheless. Common heirlooms include jewelry, clothing (i.e., a wedding dress), paintings, furniture, and even letters, diaries and journals. Any of these can enhance a writing project.

Pets. If you’re like the typical pet owner, you have tons of ideas to draw from. Use your pet’s quirky, humorous, or loving behavior in your writing.

Your family. Relatives are a source of almost endless ideas. For example, unique careers, special awards, heroic acts, cultural background, kids’ activities, your feelings about being a member of an extended, blended, bi-racial or bi-cultural family, and more.

 

Other Sources of Inspiration

Your home is more than your castle; it’s a source of ideas for your writing. Capture, retain, and enjoy using those in your various projects.

Included in the beginning of this article are four other sources of inspiration: community, work, school, and the Internet. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday for individual blog posts about the remaining three.

 

Lisa A. Crayton is an award-winning freelance writer, multi-published author, conference speaker…and more. She loves helping writers, and challenging them to achieve their goals and dreams! Connect with her on Facebook.

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