Quickly scan the “In The News” and “On This Day…” sections, or even the Featured Article. If something catches your eye, use it as the spark for today’s story.
Grab a story spark from the front page of Wikipedia
- Don’t spend more than 5 minutes trying to find a story that sparks your interest
- Don’t pick something that requires lots of specialist knowledge unless you a, work in the field or b, are comfortable blagging.
- Try to concentrate on the characters and their reactions more than the facts. This might be inspired by an encyclopedia entry, but you shouldn’t sound like you’re writing one!
To see how some of last year’s participants used this prompt, check out the comments on this post.