Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writing Prompt- Famous People

Famous people often have interesting lives. Or at least, they seem more interesting than normal. And often times, these people are in contact with even more interesting people.

So today's writing prompt is to find someone famous and then look into their lives for an interesting story.
And often times, remember that real life events can inspire stories. You don't have to look into a famous person's life for this prompt if you don't want to, but I'd advise it. If anything, look at other people in their lives and see if you can get a story from them.

For example, a somewhat-famous-person, Nellie Bly had an interesting life as one of the first female reporters in the 1800s. Here's a little bit from the post I wrote about her (linked in the previous sentence):
It was here in New York, working for the New York World, that Nellie became famous for her stunt in the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. Two years later, she had become the World's best stunt reporter. She was known for getting herself arrested so she could spend the night in a women's prison and among other, uncovering corruption in the state government. In later years she reported on the National Woman Suffrage Convention in Washington, D.C., interviewed many famous politicians of her day, and reported on  WWI.
While it would be fun to turn Nellie's life into a historical fiction, she herself wrote and published books on her adventures (Miscellanous SketchesTen Weeks in a Mad HouseAround the World in Seventy Days, among others). You can read them for cheap (I think amazon's kindle versions are 99 cents or something like that) or I'm sure you could find them for free somewhere.

I have some other links from my blog in case you're looking for inspiration. The US Presidents had some interesting stories (Part 1Part 2Part 3, & Part 4). James J. Hill also had an interesting life.

But besides the famous people, I'm sure there are other people in their lives that might have had even more interesting lives. Right now I'm doing a research paper on J. R. R. Tolkien and while he didn't do much exciting, his life is still interesting. He was friends with C. S. Lewis, was in WWI and WWII and was a professor at Oxford. On his grave and his wife's grave they have their names and then their two Elvish nicknames.

So who might you use for this prompt? And what makes their life interesting to you? Are they famous, or are they not? Is something cool they did overshadowed by someone famous in their life? Maybe they rose to fame because of someone in their life who was famous first?


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