Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday's Tip for Flailing Writers:
A Story Idea -- Ripped From Today's Headlines!

News item, care of the almighty AP:
WASHINGTON – Former Osama bin Laden driver Salim Hamdan is being transferred from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, back to his home country of Yemen, a senior defense official said.

Story idea:
Driving Mr. Crazy
Plot: It's the memoirs of Osama Bin Laden's former chauffeur, Salim Hamdan, as told to the young soldier assigned to escort Hamdan from Guantanamo Bay back to Yemen.
Self-Aggrandizing Spiel: You see what I did there? First off, I have a chauffeur being chauffeured. That's what the hip hop kids call, 'flipping the script.' Then I've got the one chauffeur -- Hamdam -- telling his story to the other chauffeur -- the soldier -- who is telling the story to you -- the reader. That's what the indie rock kids call, 'post-modern.'