*note-this post is geared towards authors who are new to writing! Read on for advice or for a laugh; it's up to you!
Well, maybe steal is the wrong word to use here. Let's use the word "adapt"! When you adapt a real-life story, you not only hone your writing skills, but you also introduce your readers to an actual piece of history that they might never have been aware of otherwise! And, if you look at it that way, it's really your duty as a writer to inform and delight your readers, don't you think? So if this sounds like it might be a task you'd be interested in, read on my skilled and adventurous friends!
Step One: Find a story that speaks to you.
Whether it's a story you grew up hearing about around the family campfire or just something that caught your eye whist perusing Wikipedia, make sure that the tale appeals to you. If it doesn't excite or intrigue you, it sure as heck won't appeal to your readers. For my example, I'll be using the tragic story of Kate Morgan and the Hotel Del Coronado.