Don't ignore the world - embrace it
Ok, so you're having an election in the US. Here in South Africa our ruling party is splintering. We have jobs, shows, other stuff. Isn't that fantastic? Look how much raw material the world is throwing at us? Go and vote - and observe everyone else, they might make an excellent character for your play.
I get some of my best stuff from real life - normally I take a starting point and interpret it, so it's not "documentary" or anything - just inspiration. Some such things:
A very out of place "rural" couple at an upmarket coffee shop at our Waterfront became the play "I'll Have What She's Having"
My friends' tale of how her house sprung a leak, and the water main was in the road, and she went out in her pyjamas to turn it off and suddenly realised how many people were staring at her funny became an incident in a novel I'm still busy with.
My son's proclamation at age three that "sky too big", became a play by that name...
And just today an incident with a colleague's laptop gave me a great gag for my play - I wrote another two whole pages today, which impresses the hell out of me.
Now you'll have to excuse me, I have a novel and a play to write.
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