I read a couple of posts recently by authors who bemoaned the lack of ideas to write about. They wondered how it’s possible for anyone to write every day or even every week and keep it fresh.

While I realize we’re all wired differently and obviously see the world differently, I was still surprised by that.

I seem to “suffer” from the opposite problem: I can’t turn off my mind because it keeps insisting that I write about this or that, or that, or this! Oh! Look! There’s another idea behind that tree! Another one running down the road! Quick! Catch it before it gets away!

Now, even though those opportunities are often disguised, show up they do, sometimes pushing and jostling for attention. And they’re usually just ordinary pieces of my life that get me thinking … hmmmm. There could be a story in that …

A conversation recently with one of my BFFs about her son’s upcoming wedding got me a little teary-eyed and sparked one.

Noticing hashtags in so many LinkedIn articles just helped me create one this morning on LI.

Writing about little-known nonprofits touches my heart, so I wrote this article about Silatech, an organization located in Doha, Qatar, whose mission is to empower disadvantaged youth and women, finding and funding employment opportunities in 17 countries so far in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region. The organization has already helped over one million young people, with the ambitious goal of five million by the end of 2022.

Reading articles by others can get me thinking. I see how an author fits the pieces together for a story, and sometimes I see one of those pieces that could either be fleshed out or taken in a new direction. Love riffing off someone else’s original idea (with full credit given)!

Heck, just gazing out through my sun porch windows at Buttermilk Bay (my backyard) has sparked several articles, including this one about a backpack being enough. And if you read it, you’ll see that it came about because of a good friend’s excellent article.

Because my mind wanders far and wide, I chose to name my BC360° column “All in All.” I didn’t want to limit myself; I wanted to write about whatever occurs to me. Although American grammar is my best-known core topic, it’s too limiting. Even I would get bored just writing about that every day.

All in all, I feel privileged to be allowed to see our small blue planet from so many perspectives, including yours. Thank you for sharing your stories with us!

So, enough about me. What about YOU? Where and how do you find your stories? Do you have trouble doing that, or are they all around you, begging you to choose them so others may learn and enjoy?


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Susan Rooks
With nearly 25 years’ experience as an international speaker and workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. Over 20 years ago, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication to help business professionals enhance their communication skills. She creates and leads three-hour “Brush Up on Your Skills” workshops in three main areas: American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills. As a copyeditor (and editor of nonfiction only), Susan has worked on projects ranging from award-winning children’s books to best-selling business books to corporate annual reports, ensuring that all material is professionally presented and free from grammatical errors.
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Larry Tyler
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Larry D Tyler

Most of my stories come from images that spark a memory. Great story thank you.

Susan Rooks
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Susan Rooks

Thanks for your continued support here, Larry! I don’t know if I have gotten ideas from images; probably have but hadn’t thought about it. But it makes complete sense!

John Dunia
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John Dunia

I wonder if there is a difference when you HAVE to write because that’s your job. You know I’ve been writing my inspirational articles now for over 3 years. Since the topic is a bit narrow, it can be difficult and I’m sure I repeat myself but I also feel that my writing has matured in a way.
Since it’s every Sunday, I look at it like a Pastor doing a weekly sermon; except I haven’t taken a week off yet!

Susan Rooks
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Susan Rooks

You have a great point, @John Dunia. I read your Sunday posts every week, and you do always come up with a new angle for your main idea, which shows you really think carefully about it.

I obviously am in a different position, where I write because I can, not because i have to. So my mind is free to wander as it pleases.

Please keep on doing what you have been doing; you have opened a tough topic for many, and you’re likely giving them the courage to seek the right help.

John Dunia
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John Dunia

Thank you Susan. Your encouragement and support mean the world to me.

Susan Rooks
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Susan Rooks

You know I’ll always support your efforts, John!

Yvonne A Jones
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Yvonne A Jones

Susan,

Your article sparked a thought. I love writing and have been writing on a regular basis since 2008.

When I first came online I’d write 3 or 4 posts per week to populate my first blog. Over the years once per week and add guest posts for online magazines, etc.

Recently, I’ve been so busy creating ebooks and a couple of courses that I’ve not been writing articles.

Reading your article reminded me of two things. Stories are all around us and all my articles do not have to live up to my 500 words or more standard. The other is the reason I chose the name of my column was that it’s not only about business, I write about ‘life.’ And life is all around me.

Thanks for unknowingly giving me a kick in the pants that I needed.

Susan Rooks
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Susan Rooks

So nice of you to let me know my article gave you that “kick in the pants” you needed to start your regular blogging again, Yvonne! I appreciate your letting me know.

And what’s the name of your blog here? Love to see your articles. It sounds like you chose your name as I did (All in All), so I could include whatever stories occurred to me. Hate to let a good one get away, although there are other platforms we can place them on, some of which I do use as well.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Yvonne A Jones
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Yvonne A Jones

Susan,

Thank you for asking. My column is “Everyday Passions.” https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/category/https-www-bizcatalyst360-com/everyday-passions/. Like you on All-in-All, I can write about anything and everything, which am going to do this weekend. Have a wonderful one!

Susan Rooks
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Susan Rooks

Thanks, Yvonne! There are so many columns, but if I had just scrolled down one or two more, I would have found it. Now I know, so now I can read your articles!

I hope you also have a terrific weekend! And I look forward to seeing your latest effort from this weekend’s work.

John Dunia
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John Dunia

We’ve had this discussion before but I wanted to comment any way. Very good article, Susan. Since I try to keep my articles about 500 words, sometimes a topic can take 3 or 4 separate posts. And in the case of this last week, it came from reader’s comments.
I have to admit that I frequently repeat points but try to say them in different ways so a regular reader won’t always recognize it.