Write Over the Hump: Asking What If?

Unexpected twists come from asking, “What If?” It’s amazing where those two little words can take you. What if this had happened? What if this hand’t happened? What if he said…? What if she wore…? What if the weather…? Once … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Twists and Mysteries

Unexpected twists can come from just about anything. It’s the element of mystery contained in the twist that makes our creativity jump on the bandwagon. Then our stories really start to rise. Try this: Write Over the Hump You find … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: The Unexpected

Coming across the unexpected can get our creativity jumping. Nothing shakes up complacency like a unexpected surprise. Nothing makes your readers sit up and take notice like the unexpected. Try this little exercise. Write Over the Hump You are paging … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Adding Tension

Tension (aka suspense) is vital no matter what genre we write. Without tension, our writing feels flat and boring, even if the prose is beautiful. Those who write in the mystery/suspense/thriller genres have a bit easier row to hoe, since … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Weird, Wonderful and Wacky

Here’s one you can use as is about your friend, or substitute your character. It’s another way to twist the way you look at your characters to help you find the weird, the wonderful, the wacky, the unique. You can … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Tension and Themes

Juxtaposing opposite concepts often leads us into new territory. Opposites both attract and repel. Built-in tension! Learning to use opposing concepts to delineate and define the themes in our writing lifts our stories to a higher level. Write Over the … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Iconic Phrases

Certain phrases are iconic. They can unlock the child in us and free our imagination to go just about anywhere. When that happens, amazing things emerge from our subconscious minds. Here’s one of the most iconic phrase to start you … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Characters and Settings as Art

As writers, we want our characters and our settings to be memorable and unique. This isn’t always easy to accomplish.  They key is to look at your characters and settings as something other than what they actually are. That way, … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Wacky Concepts

Off-the-wall concepts can often jump-start our creativity because they are so ridiculous from the outset that our conscious logic goes out the window. We are able to set aside pre-conceived notions about how things are supposed to be and simply … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Defining New Words

I love to learn new words when I’m reading a book. And I’m especially pleased when a writer uses the new-to-me word in a way that allows me to figure out its meaning from the context alone. That way I … Continue reading