Hi everyone! Last week I posted this post about picking a day to be aware . For me, I was doing fiction, but you could apply it to non fiction. In fact, when I did my challenge yesterdaay I forgot I was doing fiction and I started off with non fiction! LOL!
I had to throw that paper away and redo it with a fiction mindset.
I read newspapers and heard some news stories and also had discussions with various family members and got the following ideas for fiction slants (even if the idea wasn’t something I wanted to write – it could play a small role in the story). I am NOT using these – I’m keeping the ones I use to myself, but I wanted to share what I heard/read/saw:
- mental illness – person off meds
- animal hoarding (this sounds so far fetched but it’s in the news constantly)
- finding out you’re pregnant in not so great circumstances
- kidnapping during a custody dispute
- living as an autistic adult (we hear about kids all the time, but what happens later?)
- ivy league janitor graduates college
- person who works at a homeless shelter
- parents who give their kids access to excess (beer, etc)
- internship of southern teenaged adult (19) in NYC
- society woman hangs herself (Kennedy)
So these were all interesting ideas I discovered that day. But I found some other great ones I’ll be using for my fiction story, too! What did you find?
One of my favorite places to look for both fiction AND non fiction is Dear Abby in the newspaper. Take today for instance…
The first Dear Abby is about a soon-to-be-mom over-inviting people to a baby shower. This might spur me to create a “Baby Showers on a Budget” guide.
The second Dear Abby is about watching your mouth when you’re getting a divorce (making you look bitter) so I might create a guide about Amicable Divorces.
You can find the archives of Dear Abby here.
Why do I like it? Because it’s real people writing in for help – which means there are probably a lot more people with the same problem who aren’t writing in for help but just struggling to figure things out on their own.
Okay anyone want to share what they found?