Story Ideas from the Headlines
Girl Missing for 10 Years Found, Was Allegedly Held Captive
...She also claimed she had been locked in a bedroom for four years at a man's parents' house -- without their knowledge.
The man who allegedly held Kach has not been arrested or charged. His name has not been released.
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Without making personal judgements about the real people involved, how could you use some of the basic elements of this true-life tale to spin your own story? What kind of characters would populate such a story? Was there ever a real kidnapping or will your story be about a runaway? How would you make your story and characters unique?
Family Rescued After 17 Days Trapped in Snow
The Strivers set off on an overnight trip to the coast on March 4, but became trapped by a snowstorm on a rural backcountry road in southwestern Oregon. Marlo Hill-Striver's mother reported the family missing on March 8, launching a massive multi-county and two-state search.
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This would make for a great TV-movie drama, wouldn't it? Can you write a scene or anything else from this story?
Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists
James McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped.
McGaugh's journey through an intellectual purgatory began six years ago when a woman now known only as AJ wrote him a letter detailing her astonishing ability to remember with remarkable clarity even trivial events that happened decades ago.
Give her any date, she said, and she could recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date.
Like any good scientist, McGaugh was initially skeptical. But not anymore.
"This is real," he says.
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The article states that this is a "normally functioning" intelligent human being and not a case of an "idiot savant" with remarkable memory abilities in a narrowly defined subject area. Scientists cannot explain the ability other than to suggest the woman's brain is hard-wired differently than a normal human brain and the distractions a normal brain might throw up in the path of recalling a memory are not present along this woman's memory pathways.
As a writer, if you had a character with this ability, what advantages and what dangers and what plot conflict and complications might this ability bring about?