Risk all

It is your business to write what other people think but don’t say. Go for the throat.

Start with anything that bothers you – be honest, be angry.

Remember how people react to a car accident. Highways choke up as drivers slow down to gawk. It comes as no surprise that news programmes concentrate on bad news first.  That’s what interests readers.

Good stories question the status quo.  In Romeo and Juliet, two teenagers question the status quo of their two families at war.

Your Obsessions

You may have many interests, of which a few might be powerful enough to power a story. These are your obsessions.

Include as much of your obsessions, infatuations and confusions as possible in your writing, though maybe not the specifics which can often be boring, at least to yourself. It is time to take the kernel of an idea and make it into something different.