A friend recently asked why I write fiction - like it's a choice. There are stories in my head at all times. Like two people getting seats at a hockey game, each wearing jerseys from the opposing team. If they are teams that have been rivals since the beginning of the league even better. My brain automatically writes the rest of the story. Maybe there's a mutual attraction. Maybe they agree to let the children choose a team for themselves.
Or a wedding photographer meets a bridesmaid at several different weddings. To him it's just a lucrative job. He's divorced and determined to never risk his heart again. She's a hopeless romantic.
The stockboy has been stalking the cheerleader for weeks. One night he approaches her behind the store where they both work. She stabs him in the eye with her car key.
I could probably think of twenty more scenarios without even trying. Better on the page than rolling around inside my head.
Why do you read fiction?