If you want to write for magazines, story ideas are your bread and butter.
The days when big editorial staffs thought up most of the ideas and simply assigned them out to freelance writers are over. Instead, these days overworked editors are looking to their writers to tell them what’s fresh and interesting out there.
You want to be the writer with a million story ideas, to earn well.
Despite this, I often hear from writers that they’re stymied because they have no ideas.
Let’s fix this! Once you know how to troll for ideas, it becomes a fun hobby. Get out your favorite tracking software, whether it’s an app like Pocket, an Excel spreadsheet, or (like me) just a plain ol’ Word doc, and start developing your idea-finding skills.
These days, you don’t even have to leave the house to come up with a lot of great ideas, because so many online tools can help stimulate your brain.
Ready to fire up your computer and find some great ideas? Here’s my list of creative idea-finding tools (in alphabetical order):