This time last week, I was plot swapping in person with 2000 other authors at RWA. So it felt appropriate to make this week's plot swap Denver/Colorado-related.
This first story today happen near our hotel Friday night.
There's a clear in video in the article of a dude driving a bright green tractor with some kind of trailer attached through the streets as fast a tractor will go. I just can't even fathom the thought process that went into, "I'm gonna steal this farm equipment and take it for a quick spin downtown. I'm sure no one will care."
So let's come up with a plausible motivation. Other than mind-altering substances, what would make someone do that? Can you think of something that would make the reader side with the wanna-be farmer rather than the police?
Speaking of vehicles...
This video is amazingly terrifying. The woman who was in the car said she was thinking, "Is the street really eating my car right now?" Yes. Yes, it is.
The woman would make a great character, but there is a man came to help her. That's an opening for a rom-com for you.
"How'd you meet?"
"Well, the street ate my car and he came to my rescue."
What could you do with this?
Or what about this?
This is a sweet story, bunch of college guys traveling through Colorado in 1980 who get pulled over for speeding. The cop gives them the option of paying for the ticket right then to avoid a night in jail and appearance before a judge. The guys pool their money and come up $5 short. The officer throws in $5 of his own money. The boys take a picture with him and promise to send him the money when they get home.
Fast forward 38 years... one of the guys finds this picture and wants to make good on the promise.
That could be a fun Buddy/Roadtrip type story of these guys reuniting to find this officer. But we know my mind always goes darker.
What if he wasn't really law enforcement? What if this missing picture was the key piece of evidence that would reopen a cold case?
So that's what I've got for you this week.
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