My Vote for Fresh Ideas

There are 13 days until the United States National Election,

and many of you are planning to vote —

I salute you!

Across the nation, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, proud American patriots will exercise their right to vote for a President, and in some states for a Congressperson or other state office representative.

In addition, 176 ballot questions are certified for voting in 38 states.  Click on the link to determine whether your state has listed any ballot questions.

I urge to you to use the days you have left before Election Day to look up your state’s questions in advance, for 2 reasons:

  1. Understand what you’re voting on.  Take a few minutes to weigh the pros and cons of each ballot question and make an informed decision.  After all, it will affect your future.
  2. If you’re inclined to write fiction as I am, some of these ballot questions provide some juicy fodder for creative writing.

I am not declaring judgement one way or the other on any of the delicate and important issues, but the ramifications (aka story ideas) of many of them are endless.

Consider these examples found in some states :

  • Prescribing Medication to End Life
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Building an International Bridge
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Proof of Citizenship Requirements
  • Grounds for Impeachment
  • Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Food
  • Ending the Death Penalty
  • Casino Gambling
  • Smoking Ban

Ponder the exact questions.  Mull over the pros and cons.  You’ll be surprised how much you learn, and how many ideas these questions might give you for a story, or a scene, or a POV you might not otherwise have considered.

What unusual inspiration has fueled some of your story ideas?

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