Searching the News

Politics makes good fodder for storytelling. Think about what’s happening in the news right now.  All over the world you can find stories that need telling.

For example, if writing about war and conflict is your thing, choose any of the war-torn countries as the beginnings of your story. You most likely will have to do some research first to sort out the issues and sides, but as soon as you have a basic understanding of what’s going on, create some characters and put them in action.

If famine or flood or other natural disasters interest you, then seek out reports that cover those topics. Find one that interests you. For example, right now California is being pounded by a series of storms that are causing flooding, road collapse and fallen trees. Think about the stories you can tell with just that information!

Meanwhile southern California is experiencing continued drought. Think of water wars, hoarding of water, stealing water, transporting water and so on. Fodder for stories!

Within the political world, you just have to check Twitter to find quips that can be turned into stories. Take one or two, change the wording and reformulate the writers, and you’ve got a story that needs to be told!

Your task is to search the news and find something that peaks your interest. Do some basic research, if needed. Then write a short story that has your characters responding to or causing whatever storm you have brewing!

Have fun with this one.


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