Finding inspiration can be the easiest yet hardest part of writing fiction. Easiest, because inspiration can be found everywhere. Hardest, because knowing where to start can be a daunting task.
Personally, I find conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries get my creative juices flowing the fastest. My writing notebook is honestly filled with just about every conspiracy or mystery known to the internet (And I totally may or may not have recently spent actual money on a tabloid magazine that was entirely about Marilyn Monroe’s death…don’t judge me). These are great sources for inspiration because no one really knows the whole truth. Everything you read or hear is mostly just conjecture. And if you like puzzles (which I do), researching these theories can actually be pretty thrilling. Plus, like I already said, there is no actual answer. So, unlike working with the rest of history and true events, with conspiracies and mysteries, the truth is only limited to your imagination. You don’t have to tell the actual story and you don’t have to know every little detail of a case, all you need to know is that something happened and no one knows why. Your job as a writer is to figure out a possible solution, no matter how implausible it might be.
Below is a list of youtube channels that are great for both conspiracy theories and mysteries. Most work with the simple list format, but some go a little bit deeper into various theories. At the very least, these are awesome places to start. I tend to just watch them a handful at a time with my notebook open and scribble down which ones catch my interest before doing more research on my own later.
So, use the weird, dark recesses of the internet to your advantage and get inspired.