Harvesting Writing Ideas from Fields of Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, we celebrate Thanksgiving. You’re probably already mixing, tasting, baking and making last-minute runs to the grocery store. The good linens sit in piles, ready for their yearly journey to the table. And, you’re coordinating your family like an air traffic controller: airport pick-ups, sleeping arrangements and serving times to accommodate everyone who must make multiple Thanksgiving stops.

As you go through the day, keep your eyes open to writing ideas. Tuck them away to use later.


A wide variety of publications need pieces on thankfulness, especially at this time of year. What has God taught you about thankfulness? How have you learned to be more thankful?

Share your insights through a personal experience piece, a devotional/meditation or fiction. A publication can use what you write now, while it’s fresh in your mind, next year.

Personal Experience

God uses our personal experiences to teach us about Him, ourselves and other people. Use those experiences to help others. This Thanksgiving, what do you learn about relationships? How do you heal a broken relationship? How do you celebrate the joys in the lives of your friends and family? How do you handle that empty chair at the table? How does the holiday affect the way you relate to others?

Are you spending Thanksgiving away from family this year? How does that change the holiday for you? How do you celebrate? Alone? With others? What does it teach you about your relationship with your family? About the other “family” in your life?

As you celebrate, look for the deeper meaning in your experiences.

How-To Pieces

Thanksgiving offers a wide variety of practical issues that you can use to help others. How do you cook a turkey? How do you set an interesting table? How do you add unique accents to your home that will give it a Thanksgiving feel?

How do you help your children split their time between your family and the in-laws? How do you split your time between families so no one feels slighted? How do you make a new person to the family feel welcome?

How do you bring deeper meaning to your Thanksgiving celebration? How can you serve others through the holiday? How can your church serve the less fortunate on Thanksgiving?

Enjoy Thanksgiving. Thank God for His goodness to you. Celebrate your time with family and friends. And, keep the idea door open so that you can bring in the harvest of writing ideas.

© Deborah Christensen


Posted on November 23, 2011, in family relationships, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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