There is a couple I’ve known about for at least 10 years. The wife works full time. The husband, as far as I know, has never worked and is often in the county jail for up to 12 months. This man looks like a criminal and is, basically, a total asshole. I suspect he abuses his wife. He spends all his wife’s money on himself while not working any kind of job on his own, and, what is worse, he acts like he is something special.
So one day I just thought, what would this guy do if someone at a party or a bar asked him, innocently, “What do you do for a living?” What would his answer be? And, further, how would he react if someone challenged him on it and tried to make him admit he was a bum?
So I started writing a story from those questions. Once the main tension was established I just kept writing and writing blindly until an actual fiction story emerged somehow. Then, I went back and changed the beginning to go with this new story.
What came out as I typed, of course, is completely different from the real-life couple.
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