the building blocks of a good story are the ones you use every day. the same words strung together in a different order say a whole other thing entirely. if your words are not rearranging enough to say something new -- if they are stale even to you, you may need to be intentional about switching things up. really listening when others talk means you will understand their back stories, where their idealogies and beliefs they look at the world through come from. if you read works by writers you disagree with, you will see where you and they have common ground and what it is that makes you different.
think of the most polar opposite people you know. is there anything they have in common, no matter how absurd or small? put them in a scene featuring it.