Does research usually uncover new possibilities for plot for you? So I have been reading an essay on the problems of parenting. It's been an eye-opener for me that so much is spot on (not a parent as of yet). I remember luckyscars saying life is conflict. So I took that in mind and was able to spot problem areas mirrored by the online magazine article author's experiences in real life. So much I will do much more research to determine what direction the story takes. So can magazine and newspaper articles inform us of what we haven't experienced? That what those people experienced poses as threats or problems in modern society? We can lie about life and thus imo make a good story out of it. But there are many sources of life besides newspapers. There are poems. A google search can find many things about the theme or topic or life experience we talk about. I suppose this is a good way to apply non-fiction to a fictional work, which is supposedly one of the tenements or beliefs (I will say) of creative writing. There's no dearth of articles on real life. I regret not reading random articles. But I am interested in such articles of the troubles of parenting and that is what I am researching. One of conflicts many definitions is that it is a problem. By reading non-fiction articles you can find many potential problems of real life that will enable you to write fiction. Real life after all is where a lot of conflicts present in stories come from. When we imagine or shape the material we become the artist. One approach I am taking is to outline the articles in terms of problems presented. It's a small summary of the problems only. It ignores the rest of what the article consists of. Real life is good inspiration. So much other people's problems become fiction. Do you have any disagreements or agreements with anything in this post? Any advice, experience, suggestions you want to share?