What to write about? Write about what frightens you. Fear is a map. It tells us where we lack experience. It shows us where we perceive our boundaries to be.
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.
When have you lost or found something, someone or some opportunity?
Start with either finding or losing, though losing always has the most memories and feelings attached.
What to write about? Write about anything that interests you, then imbue it with life and make it unique and enrich it by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex and work. Especially work. People love to read about work. Stephen King
It may be a person you know very well, a story in the newspaper, a tale told by a friend, an image, a line you heard someone shout while running to catch a plane. You don’t have to know why it haunts you. In fact, that’s why you must write about it – you want to give it meaning.
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.
The three Ds: death, destruction and destiny. Where would we be without them?