“Read your Sunday paper of choice to find material for your novel…
“Assume your character is reading the paper, and an article affects him…Write about it.“Now find a place for him to read the paper somewhere in your novel. It could be a paragraph, a sentence, a scene, a chapter— something he reads affects him strongly and we see how and why. And it will all have something to do with the theme of your novel.”
Is Life Like This?