grist for (one's) mill

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grist for (one's) mill

Something that initially seems bad or negative but is ultimately used in a positive way by someone. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "It's just grist for my mill—I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. At least they're writing about me again!"
See also: grist, mill

grist for/to somebody’s ˈmill

(of an experience, a piece of information, etc.) useful to somebody: As a novelist, I feel that any experience, good or bad, is grist to my mill.
Grist is corn that is is ready to be crushed in a mill in order to make flour.
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Born to a bourgeois Huguenot family in Rochefort, Loti joined the French Navy and beginning in 1868 voyaged around the world, where his experiences particularly in Asia became grist for his mill of fiction and non-fiction writing.
Not surprisingly, Emig finds plenty of grist for his mill in the early poems and in The Orators, where the notorious difficulties of the works, rather than being elucidated, are said to be their point.
Even the current titles offer more grist for his mill. I, for one, would look forward to a volume devoted entirely to a probing of those fictional deaths whose causes are veiled: Lady Dedlock-hypothermia?
Early on, true grist for his mill was generally lacking, but he managed to keep the mill grinding.
A key line in The Notebook of Trigorin comes in Act 3, when Trigorin pleads with Arkadina to let him go: "It could be the most important romance I've ever written." His use of the word "written" instead of "experienced" indicates that he is drawn to Nina largely as grist for his mill. Williams makes Trigorin sympathetically understanding of Constantine Treplev's anxiety about his play and the boy's subsequent humiliation in Act 1.