December 2012

Ideas for stories

December 30,2012: Cultural differences between nationalities can be mined by researching the likes of this published research as to the most visited pages on Wikipedia. Test your writing themes against what people are already interested in reading about.

December 19, 2012: Play with people’s prejudices to surprise them. The police may not have come out of ‘plebgate’ looking good, after all. Andrew Mitchell is out for revenge. Setting authority figures up against each other makes for unpredictable conflict and drama, excellent elements of compelling fiction.

December 17, 2012: ‘Never worry about the commercial possibilities of a project. That stuff is for agents and editors to fret over – or not.’ Geoff Dyer.

December 2, 2012: In the small ads of the Evening Standard a while ago, an appeal for information was published: ‘Will the lady from Hornchurch working in legal publishing, with whom I discussed early history on a Bloomsbury park bench, contact me <email address given>. Following a visit to the British Museum I have new information.’ This request could lead anywhere as a starting point for a story. Mystery is good.