Rules of writing:
1. Plot, plot, plot
2. Great character names are awesome and necessary.
3. Establish a strong, unique point of view (even more important than voice)
4. How about a story set in the recent past, lacking politics or event (an even can serve as its frame? how about the anti-israeli riots in london?)
5. How about the false ideals built from working in a college paper?
6. It needs to be something someone can relate to. Not everyone. But someone.