About Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is a professional freelance editor, writing instructor and award winning author of 12 books—6 nonfiction on writing (Write It Right), 5 suspense novels and one collection of award-winnign short stories. She also has stories in both volumes of "Deadlines", the new anthology from the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), She is currently working on volume #1 of her Skylark P.I. series (a PI with paranormal abilities), as well as 2 YA fantasy series. Follow her on Twitter and FaceBook.

Write Over the Hump

We have all felt alone at times, been places where we didn’t seem to fit in, where no one spoke to us or noticed us. We can mine those emotions for our stories. Here’s a prompt to help you do … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

I thought of my son (whose birthday is tomorrow) and his little BMW when I wrote this. It set my mind spinning. Does it do the same for you? What was it about the car? Whose car was it? And … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Lists can jump-start our creativity, so here’s an opening that incorporates the beginning of a list. It’s up to you to discover the rest of the list, as your story unfolds. Set that timer and begin to write! First, identify … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Stretch something out of the ordinary and it gives us great fodder for our imaginations to chew on. Here’s a little twist that will keep you occupied for the next 10 or 15 minutes. And let me know, what was … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Another Hump-Day original opening. This one should give your imagination plenty of room. What is happening here? What needs to be done, and why does the other person need to go away? What will you come up with today? If … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Again we will mine our own experiences, our own emotions. Only through understanding ourselves can we bring life to our characters. This might be hard to do, but if you need to bring deep emotions to a story, you need … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Some openings seem to point to a mystery beginning to unravel. But is that always true? Suspense doesn’t always mean danger and mystery. Where will this opening lead you? Into mystery, into darkness, or to a totally different genre? A … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Sometimes it take only a few words to engage our imaginations. This one might seem like there’s little to it, but once you start writing you might just be surprised by what comes out. Set that timer, and start! To … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Try this one on for size today. What images does it bring to mind? Is it a mystery, a romance, sci-fi, some other genre? Have fun with this one. They had never seen anything so beautiful.

Write Over the Hump

Prompts that are open=ended but still give lots of room to work within are the best. Here’s one that should get your creative juices flowing fast and furious. What can you do with it in 10 or 15 minutes? I … Continue reading