New BLog OutI know this is an age-old question, but when you think about ideas, your mind opens up to unusual places. Sometimes we need to step away from the norm and head to the unknown. This is the unfamiliar territory we seldom visit.

Take a walk down streets you haven’t walked for a long time. Observe the shapes of  homes, with porches or without, toys in the year, or a perfect lawn job with explicit edging. You see an old car in the driveway or a new car parked in the open garage. Can you take a guess at the family living there? Your imagination is tweaked a little and a story begins to form in your mind.

You hear a song on the radio, I-Pod, or music flowing from your television. What is it that draws you to this particular song? A past love, a first dance, or a party you wished you’d never attended. Do not pull the plug. Do not turn off the sound. Instead, listen and feel your stomach tighten into knots or your heartbeats quicken. Keep these feeling close. You might be on the verge of a new romance story. You could also be on the edge of wanting to run to a safer place. This sounds like suspense.

Take a trip, no not to a coffee shop, but to a bus station, a metro train station, or an airport. Sit like you are waiting for the next ride out or for someone. Watch. Observe. Snap a few pics with your cell phone to give you some great reminders. Any of these places will make your senses sharper, your mind more active, and the ideas will be full of flavor. Let your imagination run wild as you see travelers get on or get off a bus, train , or walk in a crowded airport looking for someone.

The next time a Carnival or Circus comes around, make an effort to go. How long has it been since you walked through a FUN HOUSE? Feel the excitement from your childhood along with the fright. Do not cover your screams.

See your ideas come from different parts of life and bring new energy to your projects.