Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Inspiration in the daily news

Please understand that I'm not making light of this terrible real life event. I'm just using it as an example of how my mind works.

I should never read or watch the news because I often don't believe it and sets my imagination spinning. Maybe it's the suspense writer in me?

This week I'm following the story about the death of Dave Goldberg, chief executive of Survey Monkey. If I was going to pitch the idea as a novel idea it would be something like this:

High-powered executive, married to an even higher-powered executive dies at an expensive resort in a foreign country after suffering a mysterious head injury.

Okay, so the mysterious head injury is attributed to him falling off a treadmill.

If I was the detective in a novel, I would wonder how someone injures the back of their head falling off a treadmill.  I'd wonder how he went undiscovered for almost three hours.  I'd wonder who benefitted from his death.

For the record, there's been no report of suspected foul play in the real life story.

Tell me Killer Friends: Does your imagination go wild when YOU follow the news?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Heck yeah it does. And yep, I thought the same thing about that news story. I watch too many true crime shows to not be suspicious. Or earlier this year when the Missouri State Auditor - who was getting ready to run for governor - 'killed himself' and then the guy who worked for him - who was a staunch supporter - 'killed himself'. How can you not be suspicious of stuff like that?

Then again, I'm a closet conspiracy theorist. ;o)

Karyn Good said...

I rarely watch the news, but I love the newspaper for inspiration. Many of my ideas come from the headlines of the paper.

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