Here are a couple of ideas that might be useful in generating plots for novels or adding dimension and texture to character-delineation.
Suggestion One. Read a lot. I read everything I can get my hands on. What do I read about? Name a subject and I’ve probably read something about it, from the latest technology in electronics to what is happening in Washington, DC — and everything in between.
Thanks to the Internet, I scan at least four major newspapers each morning. Journals are crammed with the stuff of human drama, the material of novels. Case in point: a recent article reveals that a couple happily married for fifty years is kidnapped and buried alive; when exhumed, the dead pair, their excavators discover, are holding hands (what a great love story). Another article: Parents in Maryland watch the local TV newscast and see a video clip of a robbery and…
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