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Creative Writing

Generating story ideas

Sometimes story ideas find you, but when they don't here are some sources that may help provide some inspiration.

The news

The news in all formats is a great source of story ideas.  A sampling of news resources:

Diaries and memoirs

Life stories are another potential source of story ideas.  Some collections available at MHC:


Pictures can evoke stories. Plenty of images are freely available on the Internet, but a few of our library image databases that also provide a bit of background information about the pictures they contain are as follows:


Songs often tell stories and music can evoke mood (plus sometimes it's just fun to have some background music when you're writing!).  Some music sources:
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