“Ideas are everywhere,” comedian and author Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski, told a group of writers recently. Sometimes it feels like you have nothing to say. It’s time to ignite your writing.
She discussed where she gets ideas and gave a list of hints that can help. “You can use the same hints for fiction and non-fiction and business,” she said.
“Jot down notes, Write it down, you will not remember it,” she said. “Organize your way. Find out what works for you. Otherwise you won’t keep doing it.”
Other hints included:
- Keep a notebook handy, whatever type works for you. Often something is there to stir your imagination.
- Look for happenings in your daily life.
- Maybe have an idea buddy. Someone you trust.
- Listen and talk to people.
- Do random searches.
- Think journals, collections.
- Write down what she calls fabulous realities. Why is there only one shoe in the road?
- Use word mapping.
- Watch social media for ideas and trends.
- Don’t worry about keeping ideas for a long time.
- Regain your childlike sense of wonder.
“So many ideas are out there” she said. You have to be alert and keep track of what catches your attention. Above are only some of the hints she gave.
|Rebecca Colletti and Wojo|
Michelle Wojciechowski is author of the award winning book, Next Time I Move, They'll Carry Me Out in a Box. She is a freelance writer and her works have appeared in magazines, such as Parade, Reader's Digest, Maryland Life, Family Circle and numerous others magazines, including some scientific and historic magazines.
She performs stand-up comedy and is on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshops. She also writes a blog, Wojo’s world where life is always funny.