story ideas

it’s a really good idea to keep a notebook of story ideas. Bits of conversations you overhear that strike your imagination, newspaper stories, a photo from a magazine. I have tons of these kinds of prompts. Here’s one:

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — When Maria Blackburn opened the contents of an abandoned storage unit she bought at auction, she found wedding pictures, champagne glasses and the body of the groom. … Darlene Bourk, 31, pleaded innocent to killing Robert Bourk, the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office said Thursday. Investigators believe he died in December 1996 when he was 27. It was unclear when the couple married. Upland police Lt. Ed Gray wouldn’t elaborate on the events that led to Bourk’s death or say how he died, but he said Bourk would have remained listed as missing had his wife not …

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