Today, while attempting once again to pass my day in a writerly fashion yet not writing, I found this tidbit in my MFA notes, a quote from Padgett Powell on how to evaluate if a story is worth telling.
The deal is you ask these three questions, and you should receive these three answers:
1) Did this really happen? (emphatic no)
2) Could this have happened? (...maybe...)
3) Should it have happened? (YES)
A little internet search yielded these Rules of Fiction from an interview with Padgett Powell in The Believer: