…by Karna Small Bodman
Now let’s look at what the headlines might be in 2018 and perhaps you can help me fashion a new thriller involving a prediction. Checking the calendar we see the following events –let’s imagine what might occur in and around them:
February — South Korea hosts the Winter Olympics midst controversy over whether North Korea will be sending athletes to compete in the games, along with their coaches and handlers. Could one of them end up as a defector, joining some 30,000 others who have escaped from that brutal dictatorship to live free in South Korea or emigrate to other countries offering a better life?
March — Speaking of dictators, the one holding the country of Venezuela in an iron grip will supposedly stand for re-election again. That is, if it could be called an election and not another ballot stuffing exercise. I used Venezuela as a setting in my third thriller, Final Finesse, when the previous dictator ran the place. I’ve had to edit and revise that story (since it will be reissued this summer)
to bring it up to date and reflect the dire condition of a nation that was blessed with the world’s richest oil deposits, but cursed with the mismanagement and corruption that has left that once beautiful country with the highest inflation rate and dire shortages of food and medicine. Can you come up with a scenario surrounding that “election” that could be turned into the next thriller?
Also in March — looks like the season of dictators because Russia will hold its Presidential election, and does anyone doubt that Vladimir Putin will win — again?
So, my fellow authors and readers, I’m just reviewing an exercise I go through myself when gathering ideas and research for the next book. Now, let’s all look ahead to this new year – and while coming up with creative scenarios for novels, let’s also think about other new beginnings — as my Rogue colleagues K.J. Howe and Gayle Lynds wrote in the previous blogs below — try something new, inspire someone, step outside your comfort zone and learn a new skill. Perhaps that skill will be the ability to plot out a novel, sit down, start writing it – and yes, being prescient! Now thanks for visiting us here at Rogue Women Writers.
Submitted by Karna Small Bodman