I'm fortunate to be one of those folks who usually have more ideas rattling around trying to get written than I have time to write. There are days when I draw a blank, however. At such times, here's what I do:
1. Check the clock. Tonight, for example, I'd like to write an episode for my current fiction series--but those can take five to six hours to write, sometimes more. I need something a bit shorter.
2. Check Fox News. I'm conservative, except on certain social issues, so sometimes a political issue of the day will grab my attention. Rand Paul's filibuster on the Senate floor is a good example.
3. Check my email. Friends forward many an email with a great Hub seed therein.
4. Go through the stories on Yahoo News, simply because Yahoo is an easy scroll and sometimes has coverage on an issue or story that inspires me to add my two cents' worth.
5. Go to the bathroom and read my current "bathroom book of the day" while taking care of business. A passage in the book may make me think, get the creative juices flowing.
6. Start scrolling through these very Questions where we are now. I've probably Published at least 20 Hubs as direct answers to Questions and a handful more that are spinoffs.
7. Pick up the nearest object to hand and stare at it really hard. Right now, that object would be my coffee mug. It has pictures of two bulls on it announcing, Welcome to Drummond, World Famous "Bullshippers", One Exit Only, from my original home town of Drummond, Montana.
So? Well, I could write about that mug. Like any small town, there are good and bad things about Drummond. Bad thing: I could write about how they got all chickensh*t in recent years and changed that sign to be more PC, less hilarious. Good thing: Or, I could write about how, in 1963, I won my first pro rodeo bull riding Championship in my actual home town, and how cool is that?
The possibilities are endless...and I hope this helps.