I'm in the middle of editing my next novel Shadowkill when I enhanced a scene where one of the main characters talks a member of the opposite sex in regards to an unfortunate incident that occurred with this person's lover.
At first, I didn't know what the unfortunate incident would be. Then, after scratching the first two off my list, I settled on a murder.
But what were those first two?
They were the two Cs:
I don't know how many times I run into unfortunate events where it involves either cancer or a car accident. These seem to be so clique. We, as writers, need to stretch our imaginations. There are tons of other unfortunate incidents: heart attacks (although this one has been done many times too), suicide, shot, stabbed, AIDS, poison . . .
Don't stop with the obvious. Do something different, in order to be memorable.