Today's post for my A to Z Challenge, is dedicated to N for Newspapers.
Don't laugh, but I collect newspaper clippings of stories that grip my attention, for the purpose of using them as inspiration in my stories.
Over the years, the clippings have accumulated to a rather mighty mass of drama and scandal...
The biggest benefit of these clippings, for me, are the finer details. For instance, how many months pass between a crime and it's trial? Or what might a defence lawyer have to say about a particularly despicable client (they usually speak about the criminal's state of mind or mitigating circumstances, which could be good for fleshing out a nasty character, perhaps)? What happens at inquests for unexplained deaths?
I also like to read witness comments on incidents; they really paint a picture for you. The options are endless and I'm sure you could spend hours poring over the stories, should you feel so inclined.
If you like to read newspapers online, here's a great link to an abundance of free publications (and limitless potential for stories!) for London Newspapers (you can skip the registration: I don't bother registering).
Would anyone else like to admit their hoarding habits? Come on... don't leave me hanging!
Today's N music video is for November Rain, by Guns N' Roses. An exceptional display of musical genius.