This morning in the shower I was thinking about "The Woodsman," a movie I didn't particularly enjoy, but one that made me wonder: what would it take for me to threaten violence against someone - to threaten to kill someone and really mean it?
Then I thought about writing, and how I want to write a story where things really happen, and the pieces started coming together. I want to write a tale wherein the protagonist's sibling had been victimized by the bad guy, but the bad guy was acquitted in the trial. Afterwards the protagonist told the bad guy, in front of witnesses, that if he ever came near the beloved sibling again, he (the protagonist) would kill him (the bad guy).
Well, lo and behold, a few months later the bad guy is murdered. And all signs point to our beloved protagonist, who happens to be innocent. As the merciless hand of the law tightens around him, he must prove his innocence and catch the real killer (who is none other than the bad guy's own sibling! Can you see the parallels? Can you?)
This would be a thrilling story of suspense, complete with: unexpected twists! A thoughtful reflection on the nature of family and sibling relationships! Buxom women! Exotic locales! And a sex scene that will curl your toes.
We'll see if anything comes of this. Not the most original idea ever, but it caught my attention today. One sibling's name would be Rory. There would be a woman named Linda involved. But so far that's all I've got. Don't steal my idea, por favor.