I’m not posting nearly as much this year as I have in the past, mostly due to being so busy between work and school that I can’t even see my family. However, that said, I do read headlines and occasionally an article. This week there was a great one for writers, and so I am sharing.
The article is on reuters.com and is titled, “Crematorium to heat water for town’s swimmers.” The catch line is, “A local authority in England has given the go ahead for a swimming pool to use energy created by the next-door crematorium to heat its water.”
Here’s why I think this would be a great article for writing ideas:
- Pet Cemetery like horror when ashes get in the water
- The Crush like obsession story involving someone obsessed with water, death, and a regular swimmer
- After.Life like thriller of a mortician taking people from the public pool (I know, many might argue After.Life wasn’t much of a thriller)
- Notebook like retelling of a love story that started (pool) and ended (crematorium) at basically the same place
- Terminator like action story with a climactic ending happening here
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians like story with a fight scene between the gods and titans of fire and water
- Documentary style story of one man’s ideal (energy conservation) against another’s (sanctity of life and death)
You could also go more original:
- The furnace is a door to hell where the dead escape, and their one chance to redeem themselves before being retaken is to be baptized in the waters of the pool (which is heat by the flames of hell itself)
- A speculative piece that keeps building: The water is heated by the crematorium. The water is reclaimed sewage. The lighting is powered by stationary bikes attached to mini generators. The air temperature is regulated by underground conduits that continually cycle air. And it goes on and on into a society whose morality is based on energy conservation rather than religious or political views.
I could go on and on.
Using some stereotypes here, swimmers are often children, people in therapy, people losing weight, and athletes. The pool represents life in many stages. Crematoriums not only represent death, but a further degree of finality. The smoke from such might be considered holy or disgusting. The images and symbolism of both are so clashing that it sets up the basis for interesting storylines and scenes.
I love news articles that make my head spin with story ideas.