In this posting I would like to share a tip which has served me particularly well. And it is an unusual one and perhaps not found in many writing manuals.
When you are wanting an idea, whether for a story or article, tell yourself 'I need an idea' and leave this thought to dwell in your subconcious. When it is ready, your subconcious will respond.
Barbara Cartland used this method on many an occasion to help her come up with new plot scenarios and only last Sunday I told myself I needed a new article idea. By Monday morning I had one and an editor has already expressed interest.
Do remember the power of the subconcious. Put in requests. Tell yourself what you want - and you will get answers.
It is really effective.
Try it and I hope you will enjoy some good results.