Where do you get your ideas from? Probably one of the questions I (along with other novelists) get asked the most.
So I thought from time to time as I think about it, I'll share a random story idea. One that pops in my head that I know I won't ever write but that's an interesting story idea regardless (note--interesting doesn't always mean good). I just want to show my thought process.
I just read this today on CNN.com: "Michael Jackson's body will be returned to Neverland Ranch on Thursday for a public viewing on Friday, CNN has learned."
So a story idea pops in my head.
A group of friends who have grown distant over the years reconnect to go view Michael Jackson's body. Could be a comedy, could be a love story, could be a drama. They might not even make it to Neverland Ranch--who knows. They (along with millions of others) grew up listening to Jackson and still share this bond even though their lives have gone in opposite directions.
I looked on iTunes to see if Jackson has a song with the word "Never" in it. Of course--a classic: "Never Can Say Goodbye."
There's your title.
The theme of saying goodbye resonates in the story, along with the word "never."
Am I a huge Michael Jackson fan? No. But doesn't mean that it couldn't be a moving story.
See--a story idea simply from seeing a blurb on CNN.com. That's how my mind works.
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