People often think that writers have a vivid and sometimes outrageous imagination and while that tends to be true I am often reminded that life really is stranger than fiction.
Take the mother of Octuplets from California. At first she was considered a miracle of medical science, the medical staff of nearly fifty smiling proudly in their group photo for the press. Then almost overnight she went from a marvel to villain when the truth about her lack of family and financial support was revealed, not to mention the other six children she already had. The public shouts of irresponsibility grew louder when the cost of one million dollars or more was revealed.
Then there’s the story about a man who in his petition for divorce wanted the kidney back that he had previously given to his wife. Now there’s a story.
Okay - here's a recent title from Publisher's Weekly:
Following Blagojevich's Book Deal, Illinois Introduces Son of Sam Bill
I now call the great State of IL home but originally hail from Southern California as I've mentioned before. IL has been in the news quite a bit over the years, mostly for corrupt politicians. As many will say, Al Capone did call it home as well. It's unfortunate for any state to make the news based on such negative circumstances, especially IL when it's trying to win the bid for the Olympics.
Often as writers when we read the guidelines for a particular publisher the statement - must be believable - is often listed as part of the writers guidelines. Well, I've noticed over the years how much life just isn't believable at times and it's stories like those above that contribute to this deduction.
So, the next time you read a story that seems unbelievable, it just might be true.