In my book, Pumping Your Muse, you'll find a writing exercise that deals with watching the news to help you develop your evil character. For today's prompt will turn to the news one more time.
Pumping Your Muse Prompt:
Choose a news story that really grabs your attention? As yourself why? Why do you care?
Now take this element and weave it into a story. Start your character in the ordinary world and use your news element to thrust him into the special world that will test him.
For example, if the story is about people held hostage, the story may grip you because you fear for the people. That's the element you would want to bring to your story. You would create a slice-of-life scene that gets turned upside down to grab your readers because they fear for your character's lives.
Let me know if you have questions on this one. I know it is a little outside the box.
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