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Plowing Together: Using Summer Activities as Writing Inspiration – Please Comment

Summer is filled with activities that we don’t do during other times of the year: trips to the beach, vacations, outdoor activities, new and exciting adventures. How do you keep thinking as a writer while you’re engaging in summer fun? How do you glean writing ideas from your summer activities?

Please comment. You might inspire someone else.


Gardening Tools: Picture It

hibiscus3.jpgWe’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Have you ever considered your camera an essential writing tool?

For Inspiration

Bring your camera with you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll see something that inspires you. It might be a landscape or scene that you can build a story around. It might be an interesting person who you can transform into your protagonist. Maybe it’s a landscape that inspires a poem.

If you’re prepared, you can click a quick photo so you don’t forget the details. Your photos can reside in your idea file along with your other ideas.

You may even consider taking a photo excursion. Go to a specific place and take random photos. Let them inspire you later. Imagine stories and articles as you go through them.

Besides a story, your photos may inspire a gardening or parenting article. You may find an idea for a devotion. Let your photos take your mind on an adventure and you may discover an idea.

For Illustration

Maybe you’ve already written the article. Take photos to illustrate it. It adds more value to the article if you can provide photos that are well done. The big publications use professional photographers. But, smaller publications can’t go that route. Many will pay you extra if you can illustrate the article yourself.

If you don’t know the basics of photography, take a class. Or, check out some of the how-to books that teach you photography principles.

Use your photos to inspire those thousand words. Use them to add more value to your work. Either way, you’ll soon discover that your camera becomes almost as important as your computer.

© Deborah Christensen

From the Idea Garden – Summer

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. As you head into this season of picnics, pool parties and vacations, keep your eyes open for writing ideas. Tell stories from your family time. Offer how-to information on planning vacations. Give parenting advice on how to keep kids occupied while they’re off from school. How do you choose the right summer camp? How do you connect with neighbors in the summer? How do you keep your garden going? What’s the best way to celebrate the summer holidays?

Summer is full of writing ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, devotions and writing for children. Make sure you glean every one you can.

A Garden of Writing Ideas

yellow irisFor many of us, spring is finally here. As we venture out of our houses, one of the first places we go is to our garden. What was dead brown earth a few weeks ago is now overrun with dandelions. How did that happen?

What matters most is what we do next. Pull the weeds. Buy new flowers. Get our garden in shape.

Have you ever thought about writing about your garden?

The Spiritual Side of the Garden

Gardening can give you uninterrupted time with God. Your garden can become a holy place. What has God taught you as you garden? How did He speak to you? What issues did He help you work through?

What lessons did you learn about God as you watched your flowers bloom? What did you learn about God’s care?

The Practical Side of Gardening

Whether you’re a new or a seasoned gardener, you’re always learning something about plants, sunlight, soil, plant food, garden design, and what works and what doesn’t. Have you ever considered writing about it? Gardening articles appear in more than just gardening publications.

What do new gardeners need to know before they begin? What does a gardener need to do if they decide to change the design on their garden? What do gardeners need to do during a drought? During times of excessive rain? How does weather affect the garden? What plants work best where?

Think of all the things you know about gardening. Someone else needs to know them, too. And, you can help by writing about it.

Take a walk around your garden. Pick a few ideas and begin writing today.

© Deborah Christensen

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