Like most writers, I draw inspiration for stories from real life. One problem I am having is deciding what is the right story for the inspiration.
I have thought that the story of the serious accident I was in- head-on collision with a drunk driver with my two small daughters in the car- would be compelling. But I am having trouble determining exactly what the story actually is.
I originally thought of the story when I was completely debilitated and my husband turned into my servant. Not that he had much of a choice, but he ended up being a very good nurse. My imagination sparked, I thought of the story of a woman with a stale marriage, maybe just bored, maybe contemplating an affair, when the accident occurs and by the time she recovers, she realizes what a good thing she has in her husband and her family.
But my writing tends to lean toward crazed killers, devious psychotics, the things that interest me. So my next idea was that the story is really about a woman who is targeted by someone, and the accident was an attempt to kill her. Like me, she is confined to a wheelchair for several months, but unlike me, she is scared to try to walk. She has to confront this when the killer comes after her and she has to walk to save herself.
And option number three, my personal favorite, average housewife gets hit by drunk driver, he gets off the hook, she hunts him down and kills him and gets away with it. Or someone else kills him and the police think she's the culprit, and she has to prove her innocence.
So the question is how to pick the right story. I take after the stoic German side of my family, so the first option is a little more emotional that I'm used to dealing with and would be the most difficult for me to write. Option three would be the most fun and personally fulfilling. Option two would be easiest. So how to choose?