I see live plots.
Sorry, but I do.
It drives my husband crazy that we’ll go to a movie, and even as I get sucked into the plot, at the same time I’m devising another of my own.
An over-active imagination, I guess.
In fact, some of the best book plots are pulled straight from the headlines. We see it all the time. Jodi Picoult is a master at this. I tip my hat to her for hearing, or reading something, and devising a tapestry of pain and sorrow from it.
So let’s play a little game. Here are four possible plots pulled from the headlines today (just click the link, and you can read the story). Which one would make a book you’d read?
A thriller, of course! Lots of potential with this one, wouldn’t you say? There’s another DaVinci Code in this one…
Too funny! Could be farce or chick lit! All of a sudden, men have a gene that stops them from having children. So, how does this one play out? For example, are the guys that can have children more desirable to women? What if all these guys are fugly?
Totally humor. Maybe paranormal. But anything with the words “Elvis” and “crypt” would get picked up by an editor, trust me on that.
A thriller, for sure! The twist is that you’re a visitor in another country when you’re taken. During captivity, you learn the language and customs, and eventually use it for your escape….
Plot with me, and win a book!
You don’t have to be a writer to have fun with this. All you need is an active imagination. What you do: Find a link to a real news story, and tell me how you’d turn it into a plot
The winner gets a digital eBook of TRUE HOLLYWOOD LIES, a dark Hollywood farce I wrote based on something I saw while I interviewed a British actor.
Bring me stories, people!