…Obituaries are wonderful sources of lifestories, character sketches, intriguing stories.
I know, kind of morbid for a spring day, but obituaries are wonderful sources of lifestories, character sketches, intriguing stories.
I like to think of stealing from the obituaries less as grave-robbing and more as creating a tribute to a life lived. So, today:
Go to Obituaries.com (yes, it exists!). Pick an obscure newspaper, Ignore the celebrities. ‘
Try to find the most ordinary person, or the person with the most detail. Think about what it might have been to live their life, know them, encounter them once.
Write a story based on one incident in your person’s life, including at least one detail your learned in their obit.
[Could you write about Bonnie and a great-grandchild on their first trout-fishing afternoon together? Would it be a perfect moment? A farce? A dramatic turning point? What did the river look like, sound like? What did she notice?]