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Other Olympic Stories to Inspire You

Olympic_Rings_clip_art_mediumThe Olympics are in full swing. We watched Michael Phelps break an Olympic record that has stood for over 2,100 years. It was set during the ancient Greek Games by Leonidas of Rhodes when he won 13 individual events. Michael Phelps won 15 individual events.

We also watched Simone Biles and the American gymnastic team soar to victory. Now, the track and field elites are taking to the track.

But, more inspiring stories keep coming out. They can inspire our writing long after the Olympics end.


Simone Biles was born to a drug-addicted mother. After spending time in foster care with her sister, her grandparents adopted the girls. They are now Mom and Dad. Her life could’ve turned out very differently from what it is now. But because loving people surrounded her with love and stability, she’s an Olympic champion.

Adoption saves lives and changes them. Tell adoption stories, both from the adoptee’s perspective and that of the adoptive parents.

Go deeper. Why does a pregnant woman choose life for her baby? How does she decide which adoption option works best (open adoption, closed adoption)? What can you write to help her choose life for her baby?

How does an infertile couple deal with their infertility? How can they choose adoption? What are the advantages of adoption over other alternatives, including IVF? What are the pros and cons of overseas adoptions?

How can couples minister to children through foster care? What should they consider when choosing to adopt a child they fostered?

We can find so many different perspectives in the issue of adoption. It provides endless writing ideas.

Dealing with Injuries

Every Olympic athlete has faced some kind of injury at one time or another. It can break their career or make them stronger.

Tell stories of people who have overcome an injury. How did they do it? What medical steps did they need to take? What emotional toll did it take on them?

Again, go deeper. Help your readers know what to look for when seeking medical help for an injury? Give them guidance for when they can take care of themselves or when they need medical attention. Each injury is different. So is each medical approach.

When should they look into alternative medicine? What are the pros and cons? What factors should they consider when looking into surgery? What are the latest medical treatments for injuries?

Some Olympic stories can inspire our writing beyond the Olympics. We can find writing ideas in all aspects of the Olympics.

© Deborah Christensen


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.

Those “Little” Holidays

hibiscusGrandparents Day was September 13. National Punctuation Day was last week. Last night, we witnessed the Blood Moon lunar eclipse. Little holidays and events occur every day. Do some research and you’ll find anything from National Chocolate Day to an historical commemoration.

You can find writing inspiration in all of these celebrations, holidays and events. For example, write a personal experience piece about your relationship with your grandparents. Write a how-to article about building relationships with grandchildren. Write a novel with a grandmother as the protagonist. Write a poem about grandparenting. Interview a grandfather and write a personality profile of him. These are ideas you can glean just from Grandparents Day.

What ideas can you come up with from National Punctuation Day or the lunar eclipse? You could write something to help your readers understand proper punctuation. Or, you could write a science article for kids to help them understand the eclipse.

I found a great website that lists these “holidays”:

If you’re stuck for an idea, research the “little” holidays and events. Something might just pop out at you and inspire you to write. As for me, I know I can find some inspiration in National Chocolate Day.

© Deborah Christensen

The Fertile Fields of Old Friendships

hibiscusSeveral weeks ago, I attended my 35th college reunion. I hadn’t seen some of the people in 35 years. As we reconnected, it was as if the 35-year gap never existed.

We talked about the joys of grandparenthood, the healing after losing a spouse, the difficulties and blessings of remarriage, and the pain of watching our parents decline. Teachers talked about the state of education today. Runners talked about bodies that are 35 years older.

It was a joy to spend time with these old friends. And when I thought about our time together later, I realized that many of the things we talked about would make great topics for articles, devotions and fiction.

Share the Stories

I’ve never experienced the loss of a spouse. But, one of my old friends did. Look for stories that you can share.

What did they learn from their experience? How did God help them through it? How did they come out on the other side? If they’re still in the middle of the struggle, how do they keep going?

Write personal experience articles, how-to articles, poetry and devotions, all using your friend’s story as the foundation. Let the story inspire your fiction. Create a character who faces those obstacles and show how the character struggles and grows through it.

Address the Topics

I’m not a teacher but one of my old friends is. My parents are fairly healthy. But, one of my old friends is dealing with caretaking her parents. I’ve never had cancer but several of my old friends are survivors. Your old friends can become your “experts.”

Your old friends have a perspective that you may have never thought of before. Or, they may have experience with an issue that you don’t. Tap into their expertise. Get their insights.

If you’re writing something that requires research, contact one of your old friends who knows about that issue. Their information will help you with your research, but it may also spark new writing ideas.

Relish old friendships. But, also look for writing ideas that may be hiding in those relationships.

© Deborah Christensen

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