1. Scan the newspaper for stories that catch your eye. Who know's one might inspire you to write a manuscript in the tradition of Truman Capote.
2. Revisit a place that you used to frequent, but no longer visit quite as often or at all. Why did you used to go there? Why did you stop?
3. Listen to your local NPR station or visit npr.org. NPR is full of opportunities to cull news and features for ideas based on current events, historical references, and scientific discovery.
4. Make a list of the most interesting people you know or have known. How could you create a composite of their most outstanding characteristics to feature in your next story or novel?
5. Create a list of all of the places you'd like to visit. Then write about them. This will require stellar research and ideally a personal visit.