Thinking Thursday: The Trick To Discovering Ideas by Rena J. Traxel

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Today MY Guest Poster is Rena Traxel. Ever wonder where to get your ideas. Read on to see what she has to say and get those juices flowing!

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The Trick To Discovering Ideas

by: Rena J. Traxel

Rena J. Traxel

A lady new to writing recently asked me where do you get your ideas? I replied everywhere. The trick is finding an idea that sparks the “what if”.

She told me she was looking at a beautiful painting. And thought now there’s a story. But what do I write? she asked. I replied that’s for you to discover. Is she sad or happy? Why does she feel that way? The more questions you ask the deeper you will get. The trick is to not censor yourself. Let the ideas flow no matter how ridiculous they are. Write them down and sort through them later.

If you sort through those ideas later and find none of them are begging to be turned into a story. Start over again. Go for a walk. Look at the people around you. Ask what is their story? Read the newspaper ask yourself what is the story behind this article. The trick is to be open to ideas. They can come from pretty much anywhere.


Rena J. Traxel can be found tapping away on her glowing scheming machine. She writes for kids and teens and occasionally for adults. She loves math and solving problems about as much as she loves her pets! For more tips check out

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2 thoughts on “Thinking Thursday: The Trick To Discovering Ideas by Rena J. Traxel

  1. Thanks Romelle. Censoring myself has been a struggle. Probably why all my best ideas come when I’m tired and not awake enough to criticize myself.

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