How To Find Stories

Stories are everywhere. This is not an exaggeration. Even the seemingly mundane can become a fascinating story if you dig into it deeply enough. You just have to pay attention to the details.

What are stories anyway? Stories can tap into any aspect of the human experience. Asking questions about things that we take for granted, that we accept as truth, can reveal stories that need to be told — and stories that only we can tell.

One of the best ways to find stories is to let them come to you. Go out and do things. Take a walk and really notice what’s around you. It’s perfectly fine to talk to yourself when you this. 🙂 A story could respond to your musings. What questions would you ask the universe, if given the chance? You won’t get an answer without first asking the question.

It’s also good to keep a notebook on hand. This can be a memo pad on your phone for writing notes or recording your thoughts. You can carry a small notepad as well. Write down every idea you have. Don’t worry if 99% of them aren’t any good. You might need to get those ideas before the right one comes along.

What strategies do you use for finding stories?

(Thanks to @teganmierle for making this photo available freely on @unsplash 🎁)