For fresh news angles, I look at how the event or subject affects a group or topic I am interested in. For example: I find advertising trends interesting. So when the Taco Bell meat lawsuit surfaced, I looked at how other fast food chains were already engaging in ad wars over meat quality.
Entertainment and sports topics often have me wondering one of two things: "Who else has done it?" and "What is the person's history with it?" Those are things that are interesting to me.
So when a White House intern appeared on "American Idol," I looked into other staffers who have been famous.
When just searching for a topic to write about, I look at my hobbies, interests and consider seasonal activities I will be doing a month or two from now. Depending on the time of year, this can be anything from traveling, spring cleaning, container planting, Black Friday shopping, carving pumpkins or holiday decorating. Then I ask questions about these topics.
- Is there anything unique or better in the way I do these things?
- Can I explain how to do that?
- Tips I can give?
- Does the activity need to be approached uniquely for different groups of people?
- Is there a history behind it?
- Can anything be grouped with similar items and presented?
- What is interesting about this?
How do you generate your writing ideas?