Lists can be helpful for taking inventory of things you know but have forgotten. They can also generate ideas if your well seems to be drying out. As an exercise in brainstorming, take a topic, any topic. Mine will be Dogs for this example. Here are a few ideas I'm thinking about off the top of my head which could turn into articles, essays or stories:
- Therapy Dogs. Article on therapy dogs in the classroom. There is a lady in town who regularly brings her dog to our elementary school to sit with the kids while they read.
- Maybe a first-person essay from a dog's POV on what it's like to live at a sanctuary, waiting to be adopted.
- An article on the Bassett Waddle, a yearly parade in Dwight, IL where hundreds of Bassett hounds and their owners take to Main Street to celebrate Dwight's Harvest Days and promote Guardian Angel Bassett Rescue.
Next time you find yourself thinking about future projects, write down a word you'd like to explore. You might be surprised with the ideas that list-making reveals.