So, there’s a market opening with the theme of Poe, as in Edgar Allan. I am mildly interested, since he once attended my alma mater. I noodle around with the idea and come up with an intriguing idea: suppose that Poe was persuaded to remain at West Point instead of quitting, grew to a ripe old age, and reached back in time (think seance) to persuade his younger self to remain at West Point, etc. How to convey this idea? Ah! A bunch of his letters were discovered, and a antiquities dealer and his friend discuss it in letters back and forth. Capital! Time for some research….
I need to think of a good forger, so I hit Wiki for some examples. Ever get lost in Wikipedia? I wandered over into the False Document page, was reading it, and suddenly realized — this is exactly what I am doing! I’m creating false documentary evidence in the course of writing my story!
It’s moments like this that makes writing so much more fascinating than anything else.