Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” What if it was more than that? What if the world was a constant source of ideas and inspiration you can draw on to improve someone’s life? I believe it is.
The best writing is something your audience can connect with and relate to; it’s based on reality, but with a twist. For example, Harry Potter is the story of students going through high school, albeit a magical one, faced with extra responsibilities because of who they are.
Allow the books, movies and TV shows you enjoy to inspire you. How would you write them to make it yours? What was the source of their idea? Maybe you can change the ending to right a wrong, or set it in a new location. What if you reversed the roles?
Think about where you can add value through your writing. Is there a recurring problem you see you can solve? Is there a message or theme you feel strongly about? Maybe you just want to entertain and provide an escape for a few hours. There’s value in that, too.
Ideas are everywhere. Observe what’s going on around you. Watch how people interact; that brings realism to your characters. The choices people make can guide your plot if you’re curious and ask, “What would happen if they did this instead?” Is there a wrong you want to right? What have you personally experienced or witnessed?
An example from my life is the unhealthy relationship playing out between two of my neighbours. He wants to end the relationship but is trying to make her break up with him and is employing increasingly desperate measures to do so. This could be a self-help book on trauma, relationships, or mental health. It could also be a fiction where he grows enough to step up and end the relationship.
Ideas can be fleeting, so I have a notebook I record them in every time I see, hear, or experience something interesting. If I’m out and about, I use the notes app on my phone. What experiences or observations have made it into your writing? Feel free to share them below.
Cheers to your writing success!