At the beginning of the month, the podcast Writing Excuses released this cast, talking about using personal life experiences in writing. This is an extension of the "write what you know" idea, applied in niche form.
I would like to expand that idea even further to a concept of knowledge by association.
You get the picture. If I have questions about any of these things (almost all of which I know little to nothing about) for my writing, my answers are so close I can touch them. If I am out of story ideas, I don't have to give myself an aneurysm, I just need to shut off the voices in my head and listen to the people around me.
Today, when relationships seem to be the business of the economy, think about what it is that gets you interested in the people around you. If all your friends were just like you, you wouldn't bother getting out of bed to hang out with them. So, today, think about those differences, appreciate them. Listen to what they care about. Get inspired.