Idea Garden

What resolutions/goals did you set for 2012? What prompted them? How do you plan to carry them out? How can you use these insights in your writing?

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What are your last-minute preparations for Christmas? Stresses? How do you keep the focus on Jesus? How can you use these experiences in your writing?

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Do you remember purchasing your first home? What did God teach you through that experience? How can you use that in your writing?

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What is your favorite Christmas decoration? What’s the story behind it? How can you use that in your writing?

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Will you be going to a Christmas pageant this year? Look for the humorous moments, especially when the children are on stage. How does God speak to you through the evening? How do you see Christmas in a new way – through the children’s eyes? What insights do you gain about Christmas? How can you use it in your writing?

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What is your favorite Christmas carol? What special memory comes to mind when you sing it? How can you use that in your writing?

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How do you prepare for Christmas as a family? How can you turn those traditions into an article?

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What’s your favorite memory from Thanksgiving? How can you use that in your writing?

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Make a list of all the special people in your life. What does your relationship with them teach you about God? About yourself? About love? Patience? Trust? Honesty? About being in a relationship? How can you put your insights into a how-to piece? Personal experience piece? Devotional? Fiction?

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Write down something each day that you’re thankful for. Then, come up with as many writing ideas as you can related to it. If you let your mind go, you’ll discover a wealth of ideas.

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Are you a veteran? Do you know a veteran? How can you incorporate your experiences, or those of a veteran you know, into fiction? What did God teach you through your experiences? How did you see Him at work? How can you share that through your writing?

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Journal your quiet time and your prayers. Do you see a common theme running through it? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? How can you turn that theme into a writing piece?

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God is the Lord of all, including humor. Think of a funny experience you’ve had. How can you build an article around it, using it as the lead anecdote?

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Do you have a passion other than writing? Are there publications – online or print – that cater to that passion? What kind of article can you write for them? How-to? Personal experience? Humorous?

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The movie “Anonymous” creates a scenario in which Shakespeare never wrote any of the works attributed to him. To challenge yourself, think of a true story (either a Bible story, story from the news or a personal experience) and create a story in which the exact opposite happens. This will change all the dynamics of the story. Carry it to its logical conclusion.

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Do you do your grocery shopping on the weekend? Be more aware of the people who cross your path: the checkout clerk, the woman with the child in the produce department, the butcher, the elderly man wandering the aisles, etc. Choose one. Imagine their story. Could you turn it into a short story?

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