Getting Stories from the NewsI get lots of story ideas from the news media. Radio, television, newspapers, online news forums...inspiration can strike from a headline, blurb, or full story in any of these formats. For instance, let's take this headline:
"Town spends $1 million to buy, close strip club" from the Associated Press.
What ideas might a headline like this spark? Your hero is the town mayor who comes up with the plan and the heroine owns the club? Or maybe she's a dancer with a child to support and all of a sudden she's out of work, thanks to the hero? Maybe he'll offer her a job in his company, or as his housekeeper. Or if you write thrillers, maybe the club owner is murdered and the money goes missing? Who did it?
Or how about this one?
I watched a show a while back about identical twins who were adopted out separately, and went to homes just one town apart. The women just found out about each other recently and met for the first time. They're so much alike it's uncanny, and they were both hysterical when they opened the small gift each of them brought the other--and found they'd brought the exact same thing.
Can you picture a story where a husband thinks his wife is cheating on him because he sees her going into a hotel with another man--and it turns out it's his wife's twin she didn't know she had?
Here are some headlines/ news story beginnings from past news stories. Post a comment about what kind of story you might make out of one of these:
1. Bone marrow donors risk DNA identity mix-up
2. 31 missing tourists tied to al-Qaida ally. Europeans mysteriously disappeared
while trekking across Sahara Desert
3. Amid the traffic and bright lights, love grows from the back seat of a cab.
Cab driver runs matchmaking service for his lonely passengers out of his cab.
4. Courses promise to turn shy virgins into red hot lovers. A Dutch company is offering courses to turn shy male virgins into red hot lovers for £2,500.
One word of caution. If you saw it/read it on the news, so did someone else. You'll have to be quick to write your book and get it out there.
So turn on the news, but have your pad and pen ready!
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