I've always loved reading the newspaper. There's a famous family photo of seven year old me sitting at the kitchen table at breakfast, looking haggard in my bathrobe with my newspaper in front of me as serious as can be.
I still read the news a lot, my favorite thing being the weather. Growing up on the Texas coast, I loved tracking the hurricanes hurtling towards us from the Gulf. But now that I have moved to a landlocked state, I've had to broaden my interests from hurricane watching and on to current events. It was only this year though that I realized how I could use my insatiable desire to read about what's happening in our world for my writing.
If writers are avid people-watchers, then it should be no surprise that I have become an avid event-watcher as well. Reading the news has given me the fodder I need for several short story ideas. No matter what kind of news stories interest you (weather, politics, science, etc.) you too can use them as a springboard for your creative writing.
Current event writing exercise:
Visit a news or weather website, or open up a newspaper (if you're old school like me). Skim around and find an article that piques your interest. Try free writing for five minutes using that article as a jumping off point, incorporating some of the details into your own writing. See where it goes!
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Hi, I'm Jessica! I'm on a mission to make my writing better in hopes of becoming a published novelist. It's been a crazy journey so far as I learn the twists and turns of the publishing world, but it's been worth it. Though I'm still learning how to be the best writer I can be, I'm excited to share what I learn with you. Happy writing!