I found this on The Writer’s Almanac and thought it would be nice to share:
Keep a diary, but don’t just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end — as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It’s great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary.
-John Berendt – author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is nonfiction, but it reads like a novel. It’s one of those “truth-is-stranger-than-fiction” kind of books. The advice above is probably exactly what Berendt used to write his book and bring color to a subject that could have been dry and lifeless.
So the next time you’re going around doing your normal things, try to find some oddity that you can expand on and turn into a little story. Life is full of things that are just waiting to be transformed into stories. 🙂