Ever wonder where writers get their ideas from? They can come from anywhere or anything. When I started writing poetry, I would be sitting at work; thinking about random things. Sometimes I would come up with nothing, but other times I would have a great idea or remember something from my past. When I did write, people said I went into some sort of trance. I was staring at the wall or out a window. After about ten minutes I was done and ready to type it up on the computer.
My brother has his own way of coming up with ideas. He listens to what people say and gets an idea instantly. He comes up with elaborate storylines in a matter of minutes that would be great to see on the big screen.
Another way of coming up with ideas is through dreams. That has been the way I have been getting new story ideas, and from what I have read a lot of other writers get their plots from dreams they had as well. They are usually weird and abnormal, but most dreams usually are. Sometimes they feel too real. Some have you portraying the main character in the dream and other times you are a spectator watching everything unfold.
There are many more ways people can find ideas on what to write. Taking a walk through the park, the beach, observing people's interactions with each other, interactions with family, old jokes either with friends or family, songs, poetry, reading, and the list can go on and on.
The best piece of advice I can give when it comes to searching for something to write about, is don't discredit anything. Write any and all ideas down; either in a notebook, type it on a computer, or enter it into a cell phone. Don't ignore the thoughts that come to mind. Keep them and look to them when you decide you want to write something. If you think you can expand on it then go for it. If you can't, don't scrap the idea; keep it for another time.