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Mining Real Life for Story Ideas

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mining Real Life for Story Ideas

I've written previously about reading local news coverage to inspire plot, setting, and character for my last work-in-progress. Well, another amusing tidbit—filed away when I read it last fall—is making its way into my current book: “Woman Fights Bear with Zucchini, Wins”.

bear What more could a story desire?

Do you incorporate news items, overheard conversation, or intriguing-looking characters into your writing? What sources inspire you?

:) Cheryl

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At April 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

That's a great story! It reminds of my friend who tried to fight off a purse snatcher riding on a motorcycle with a loaf of bread in her hand. She didn't win, unfortunately. The guy sped away much too quickly.

I often incorporate what I hear and see into my stories, but often in disguise, somewhat.

At April 21, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Disguise is key, especially when it's friends & family you're incorporating :). Sorry about your friend! I heard a similar story, but in reverse, when I visited a friend in Peru. He was very concerned that I keep my purse on the car floor, out of sight, and keep the windows rolled up (even though it was very hot). He explained that not long ago, he'd had his wallet out and the window open, and someone reached right into the car to take it. He grabbed the guy's arm and yelled at the driver to go, and they pulled the would-be thief for a block before he let go...I guess we don't know what tools we'll use to fight the "bad guys" until pressed!


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