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.

The Cave Path

This photo, from www.soundcloud.com really sparks the imagination. It presents a fabulous setting for an adventure, sci-fi or fantasy story, with a multitude of directions in which to wander. At first glance, the bright spot appears to the the entrance … Continue reading

Victorian Mourners

I found this photo at www.flickeringpictures.com and fell in love with the many possibilities it presents for story ideas.   The most obvious is, of course, a funeral during Victorian times.  We can ask who these people are and what … Continue reading

Fiction Writing is a Jugsaw Puzzle

Writing fiction is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. You fit the outside pieces first, so you have a framework to fill in (your story premise and theme), then you start placing pieces in to build the picture (scenes, characters, events). … Continue reading

The New Baby

Here’s a poignant portrait of grandson Augustus Reid Arnold from the camera of  Grandpa (and marvelous sci-fi writer) Mark Arnold. He snapped this masterful portrait of the parents and siblings holding their new addition to the family. (Check out Mark’s … Continue reading

Winter World

A simple image this time, one of stark, monochromatic beauty from www.creativethorp.com. But oh, what a world of stories, characters and/or settings you can find here. It’s the otherwoldly starkness of this image that appeals to my imagination. I can … Continue reading

Purple Heels

Writer Anna Unkovich (www.annaunkovich.com) sent me this fabulous photo of a pair of purple shoes. Not only is the photo great for inspiring stories, but the shoes are also my favorite color. No way I could fail to include them … Continue reading

The Child In The Pool

Here’s a photo I discovered when I was roaming the net and came across www.orangecountyinjuryattorneyblog.com. It’s an effective visual to stress safety for backyard pools, but it’s also a great shot that suggests multiple story ideas. What is actually happening … Continue reading

Using Symbols in Fiction Writing

At the morning session of my “What If? Writing Group” today, we got into an interesting discussion about symbols and the role they play in our stories. One of the students questioned the need for symbols at all, citing that … Continue reading

Nighttime Cemetery

Here’s a great photo I found on www.cosmicsociety.com.  This one should really get your noir juices flowing. Even if you don’t normally write horror, sci-fi or noir, give this one a try. Stepping outside your comfort zone once in a … Continue reading