How a Bleeding Heart Can Generate Writing Ideas

How’s it going?

I logged into a freelance job site I’m a member of–something I do almost every day.

But when I found a notice at the top of my dashboard I was curious–that space is almost never used for anything.

Anyway, the site said some threat or another messed with SSL certification encryption, and that they fixed the issue by updating their certification. They said everyone who uses their site (me included) should change their password, just to be on the safe side.

So I did.

The message didn’t say much else, but it did mention the name of the malicious thing…

Heartbleed.

A catchy name for a huge problem.

Or the start of a science fiction/horror type plot, or maybe a villain (sometimes I can’t help it).

Which got me thinking…

Ideas for emails, scripts, stories, and blog posts are everywhere. Maybe I’ve hammered this one before, but it’s something amazing to me, when I stop long enough to think about it.

Every day, we deal with things. We go places, talk to people, chat online, and what-have-ya. All of those things and more are inspiration for writing, and dealing with life in general.

Someone cuts you off on the way to the grocery store. Or runs a red light when you’re commuting to your day job. Or the dog pees on the carpet for the fifth time this month. You get indigestion, or constipation.

And writing is a great way to get all of that out. Because it helps you analyze, deal, and move on, in a lot of cases.

You can write a story about it. Or some dialogue. Or you can think about a way to solve that problem you’re facing (for you write-to-persuade copywriters out there), and then imagine there’s a product you can present to someone who’s having the same problem you are.

Don’t be afraid to be a little humorous–that’s something this world could use a heck of a lot more of. And being humorous without being clever or sappy is great practice–everything in writing, and in life too, is a balancing act.

And what should you do with that something you wrote? Set it aside for a while, and then look it over.

This doesn’t have to be a one-time thing, either. I do my best to write in a notebook once a day. There are lots of different things you can put in that notebook–after all, no one will see it unless you show them. You can put snatches of fiction or poems in there, or simple stuff like “I hung the laundry out on the line today, and the wind made my fingers cold, since I was so used to using the dryer inside for the past 6 months.”

Have you ever had an idea strike you at an unlikely time or place?

Drop me a line, and let me know.

And you want to know a secret? I had no idea what the blog post for today was going to be about, until I visited that job site.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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