No Writer’s Block Here

MEMORY is Sharon Ervin’s twelfth published romantic suspense novel. A former newspaper reporter, she has a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, is married and the mother of four grown children. She lives in McAlester, Oklahoma and works half-days in her husband and older son’s law office as probate clerk and gofer.

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I don’t believe in writers’ block.

When writer friends complain of being blocked, having no new ideas, I refer them to the jump page of any newspaper. That’s the page where long front page stories continue. The jump page also often offers the most outrageous happenings to stimulate any writer worth her salt.

Recently there was a story about a young man attempting to burglarize a home. Accessing the house, he got stuck in a chimney. Unable to dislodge himself––move either up or down––he managed to free his cell phone from his pants’ pocket and call 9-1-1. Firemen freed him while police waited to arrest him.

There was one about a burglar who rode a city bus to and from his thefts, getting off and on at the stops nearest his targets. An alert bus driver helped solve those cases.

A petite R.N. who worked nights, noted when family members sat at the hospital with their loved ones, leaving patients’ homes unattended. Working the graveyard shift, she burglarized the empty residences on her way home from work. One night, a son sitting with his hospitalized father, accidentally dialed his dad’s home phone number. The nurse picked up. Realizing his mistake, the son called police. Unable to realize her error and escape quickly enough, the tiny nurse squeezed into the cabinet under the kitchen sink. A cop passing through the kitchen thought he heard breathing, opened the cabinet door, and captured the culprit who confessed to a dozen burglaries. I used that incident in a romantic suspense novel.

Recently more than one story has told about people inadvertently catching their clothing in a car door. One unsuspecting driver dragged his former passenger two miles before he stopped. The victim was dead. The driver was charged with manslaughter.

Great plots can begin with a simple, factual news story. A writer stuck for ideas and looking for inspiration only needs to check out the jump page in a local newspaper.

You may recognize one of my jump page contributions in MEMORY, a new novel by @SharonErvin