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What Can We Write About Today?

Updated on January 12, 2013

Folks do lots of interesting things these days. Write about some of them that interest you.

Chances are good that right around the corner someone is doing something truly interesting.  Why not write about it today?
Chances are good that right around the corner someone is doing something truly interesting. Why not write about it today? | Source

Do you write? Would you, if you could find something interesting to write about? Try these ideas.

Recently I talked with a good Samaritan at the end of her 40-year project. Some 40 years ago she approached a foundation for a grant to provide free English language classes for local people who needed to learn English. By using the one time grant carefully, her project gave those folks childcare while they attended a weekly evening class for 90 minutes of that essential learning which has made such a difference for so many people over those 40 years.

Could you do an interview, take her photo, ask about unusual experiences over that span of years, and post it online, or see it placed in your local paper? Sure you could.

Active communities revolve around such people with special skills, special projects and interests. Let's list a few you might find just waiting for someone to write about them:

Visit an assisted living facility, you can brighten someone's day, stir up some memories, and find a story of interest.

The same can be said of interviewing personnel staffing a hospice facility, or anyone working the night shift at a local Emergency Room, some EMT's who respond when help is needed have a story to share which has touched them, a local minister may have more to his or her life than just preparing and delivering Sunday sermons. You get the idea.

In the accompanying photo, a cheer leading team was working out under the guidance of their young coach and were happy to be the subjects of the photo to illustrate an article on their truly dangerous sport.

A good friend and his wife are regulars at a local square dance club. While they are closer to my age, the club will continue because it has teenage members who have learned the calls and find the exercise wholesome and enjoyable. That may not be too rare, but most teenagers get some enjoyment from reading what those peers find so much fun about square dancing.

If you take a walk down Main Street in your town, you will find lots of stories waiting to be told about how long the business has been open, who started it, how has it changed over its long or short lifetime, what does the business offer that draws in repeat customers, etc.?

Local craftsmen, successful coaches, artists of all disciplines, instructors who teach others their skills, champions of any distinction from checkers to fencing, all these are fair game for a great article and good photos.

Acts of charity exist quietly in every community, but are praiseworthy and someone received that goodwill from some group or person who, as the organizer of the English classes did, went the extra mile to make a difference in another's life. Perhaps your local Red Cross Chapter knows of some instances that would lend themselves to such an article.

Did someone just get back from an unusual trip? Who always makes the best-loved dish for the local church dinners? What is the local bakery's best selling item?

Who is the longest-lived "Super Centenarian" in your community? Just ask them how things have changed in their lifetime, and then listen carefully.

Who has an unusual job? Who has an unusual pet, or hobby? Who scavenges yard sales to make a living from putting the items on ebay(R)? Do you have a local museum of interest?

Then, if all else fails to interest you, and it seems as if nobody has a notable story, just talk to a fisherman or a hunter about "the one that got away!"

Now add on your own ideas of a project that will interest you, and start photographing and writing.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.



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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Some Hubbers bookmarked this one. Newer Hubbers might find this helpful, so I will add it to a new Hub so it might be more visible for them, or a reminder to earlier readers.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Check different calendars for upcoming events. Put in different dates (so you have some "lead time" for research and writing) in your search engines. Something that is coming up, and for which keywords will give you Search Engine Optimization (SEO), will be of enough interest to you to allow you to create a Hub of real interest to others.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      carol7777 : Did you know that today (12/15) is "Bill of Rights Day"? There's something to think about and write about. Go for it.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      To email your representative in the House, search for www.house.gov/ and find the box for entering your own Zip Code. Entering it will bring up your representative and how to email him/her.

      www.senate.gov/ will give the email addresses for your senators. You can copy this and pass it along so that more Hubbers know how to keep participating in the critical years ahead. I suspect that www.whitehouse.gov/ will provide that email address, also.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I just bookmarked this for when I am at odds what to write. Very good and basic suggestions. Thanks for this and voting up++++

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      tobusiness: Thanks for your "Inspirational" comment. Now: write, write, write, and publish, publish, publish for dollars, pounds, and euros! ;-o)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Cyndi10: Should I have put this in the HubPages category? Maybe, if a few more share this it will catch on that some helpful ideas are available?

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Lots of wonderful ideas, not only do we find great articles, but we can also help others and get involved in our communities.

      Inspirational.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Nice array of idea generators. Lots of thanks for the list. Take care and be creative.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks GiRL!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Inspirational and motivating. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarking and passing this on.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      carol7777: Thanks for your vote of affirmation. Such votes have a special place in any Hubber's heart.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ARUN KANTI: I guess that is the Editor in me from my newspaper days! You are more than welcome.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      There are certainly a lot of good ideas here. I am going to bookmark this and check it out frequently when I am at a loss or want a new idea. Voting UP+++

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 5 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for reminding us that there is no dearth of ideas around.Voted up definitely.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cleaner3: Just had to get another Hub out there, thanks for spotting it.

      Janhorner : Thanks for the vote. Any you are going to puruse?

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      This is a really interesting hub with loads of suggestions for writing. Voted up,

      Jan

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      great inspirational hub Perspy, lots of good idea's.

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