Are you looking for that writing topic that has the potential to turn you from pauper to prince?
Consider the doomsday story.
According to CUNY physics professor Michio Kaku, the doomsday story is a cash cow that cycles around with intensity about every ten years. Remember Y2K? Today it is the end of the Mayan calendar.
(Make a note to self to check pop culture in 2020 to see what doomsday buzz has turned into a roar.)
There are real problems that get eclipsed by doomsday stories. Some of those problems are:
- Heating up of planet earth
- Melting polar ice caps
- Increasingly rapid migration of the magnetic poles
- Real help for adults with mental illness
- Curing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses
- Financial solvency for governments
- Clean water
- Weather changes
That said, if you are strictly a commercial writer, you have three or four years to check your societal crystal ball and decipher the clues telling what the next big doomsday story will be. Then write your heart out and ride the wave. The last five years have been lucrative for the Mayan storytellers. Maybe you will be my new rich friend the next time doomsday cycles around.