Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Ideas

Aline Templeton’s great “Ideas” post Monday got me thinking. She wrote of having to “step out into unknown territory…get to know new characters, see if they're going to speak to me, find out what's going to happen to them.” We’ve all been there—and it is indeed “scary business.”

You never know where inspiration will come from. And to keep me from wasting the little time I have each week for writing, I keep a file of quirky or interesting news briefs. Here’s one I found on truecrimereport.com Monday night. I won’t give you the whole article; the lead was enough to get me thinking. It’s something out of an Elmore Leonard story:

Cops discovered the off-duty Miami-Dade police officer passed out in his own patrol car as it idled in an intersection. According to his arrest report, Villa blamed his sluggish responses on a concussion he suffered at least 13 years ago while playing high school baseball.

I’ll leave it up to you to fill in the blanks regarding Officer Villa, but, as you can guess, the Miami-Dade Police Department wasn’t buying his story.

And how about this one on weirdnews.about.com:

Tinker Bell he ain't.

Police in Arkansas say 50-year-old Michael Wyatt has a secret identity: He's the "Toe Suck Fairy," and the cops say he has been harassing women and telling them how much he'd like to... well... suck their toes.

Two of three women who've had to deal with his alleged advances picked him out of a lineup -- and police say he's got a track record to back it up: A decade ago, Wyatt served time for a series of bizarre foot-related crimes, according to a report in the Huffington Post.


Enough said. If you’re looking for characters, this guy is memorable, if nothing else.

Reality is literally stranger than fiction. Looking for story ideas? You simply can’t make this stuff up.

Or can you?

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