It’s been an interesting time, back here in Central Illinois for the holiday. Christmas was very nice, but it was hard to enjoy it, since we had the shadow of my cousin’s wedding hanging over the proceedings. The wedding went off yesterday, with only minor hitches, and so now that is done.
It occurred to me while I was videotaping the wedding for my cousin, that it isn’t often that we have such wild events in our daily lives, which can easily be used as fodder for some story or another.
And then I realized, I was wrong about that. “Wild events” are happening all the time, every day. Sure, they may not always be happening to us, but they are happening. In the news this morning I see these headlines: Man dies after woman sets fire to his genitals; Man arrested for shooting talker at movie; California family finds $10,000 in a box of crackers.
And of course there were lots of other stories for the day, but it struck me that any one of those headlines (and perhaps all 3) could be the kernel that starts off a story or script. I used to troll Odd News on Yahoo news all the time for these interesting little nuggets. Now I find myself drawn to science blogs, which are always talking about some crazy discovery or theory. If you are writing sci-fi, those blogs are a goldmine.
Not that you don’t already know this, but apparently I needed the reminder. Life is happening all around us, even if not to us directly. Even the smallest incidents or happenings can become the core of a story (think of all the miniscule life details that get plunged for humor on good sitcoms). Take notes. If you don’t you might be missing out.
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This post was written by Shawna on December 28, 2008