Where do your writing ideas come from? The way you answer that question may depend on what kind of writing you do. Are you a fiction story-teller? A creative non-fiction story-teller? A Bible study/devotion writer? A technical writer? Is your typical message more serious, or do you prefer adding doses of humor, or even comedy?
We can gain ideas from many sources. Just this morning, while working in my yard, I thought of a new slant for a piece I want to write based on gardening. I used to own a cat named Theodore. One day I noticed he liked to sleep on my shoes with his nose stuck in one of them. My mind went to work, and before long, I sat down to type out my thoughts.
Children are great sources of material. I have social media friends who post the funniest things their kids or grandkids say. Some of them really should write books! My mother was a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years. She used to entertain us at supper with stories of the notes she received from parents. We told her she should keep them and write about them.
My cousin loves to track her family genealogy. She wrote a long history of our family going back two hundred years. This document is a treasure for us. A friend of mine turned her family history into a series of best-selling novels.
Difficult experiences such as cancer or losing a loved one can motivate us to write helpful books or articles for others who face similar circumstances. The love of Bible study can turn into writing studies.
On and on it goes. The list of possible writing idea sources is endless. But there is one bottom line for all of our projects as Christian writers. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The Bible is the place where we find our basic motivation and ideas. This Book itself uses the power of story to teach us. No matter our genre, there is a verse or verses that should be the foundation of what we write.
Let me encourage you to set your scripture foundation first, before you ever type a word of your next project. This conscious decision and Bible search will make certain your message is God’s message.
In case you wondered, the verse behind this post is Psalm 45:1, “…My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”