Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

Readingrepparttar contents in a writer's notebook or journal is like opening and discovering a chest full of pearls, rubies and diamonds amidst a pile of rubble and discarded things.

That little notebook is a powerhouse of ideas for every writer: The more you write down bits and pieces of your thoughts and observations,repparttar 129798 more you are adding intorepparttar 129799 well of ideas for future works.

In case you run out of ideas to write about, you can always look withinrepparttar 129800 pages of your writer's notebook or journal.

So here are several things you can record in your notebook:

A SHOEBOXED LIFE Write what you know, feel and experience, right? So jot down snippets of events in your life. Write a sentence or a paragraph about a funny, embarrassing, happy, or infuriating experience.

PEOPLE PROFILES Write down descriptions ofrepparttar 129801 people you meet each day. How do they react in certain situations? How do their names fit their image?

WORD ESTATE Whenever an interesting word catches your attention, write it down. It may have a different meaning for you a month or a year from now. If you keep a list of words in your notebook,repparttar 129802 words can serve as story starters for you.

Getting Ideas For Your Articles

Written by Terri Seymour

When I first started writing articles, I didn't think I would be able to think of things to write about. I would get an idea and get an article out and then think; What do I write about now? After you get each one out it seems like you are running out of ideas, butrepparttar opposite is true. As you write more articles, you are able to identify good article material more easily and more often.

If you come across a good idea and are a little unsure of what to include in your article, do some research. What better place thanrepparttar 129795 Internet for research! If you are having difficulty coming up with ideas, there are ways to "train" your mind to recognize an article in emails, ezines, message boards, and other places. Ideas for your articles can be found anywhere!

*Message Boards - Makerepparttar 129796 rounds on your favorite boards and see what people are discussing. What questions are people asking. One simple question can be turned into an excellent article. alk.cgi

*Discussion Lists - Same as withrepparttar 129797 boards. When you are readingrepparttar 129798 posts, always ask yourself: Would this make a good, informative article? Do people want or need to know about this?

*Emails - You can get ideas just by reading emails from friends and associates. As when I received an email from a friend who said she was so stressed out she was considering quitting her business. The idea just hit me and my article "Don't Quit...De-Stress!" was born. Just think of each event as it could be written into an article. Positive and negative.

*Current Events - Keep abreast of what is happening onrepparttar 129799 Internet and inrepparttar 129800 "real" world. Many news stories can be made into informative and effective articles.

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