Write Over the Hump

This is an appropriate prompt for today. It’s the anniversary of my parents’ marriage. They were hitched in 1943; were they still alive, they’d have been together for 74 years! Hard to imagine. Now it’s time to delve back into your life, to look back into the past and mine the emotions that were so new and glorious… or disastrous. It’s all fodder for stories.

Write about your very first date.

Marilyn Meredith on “Unresolved”

Today, my guest blogger is the one and only Marilyn Meredith. After I won her contest, here’s what she “did” to me…

One of the Characters in the Latest Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery is Susan Tuttle!

Susan won a contest to have a character named after her in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery. She also requested that the person not be particularly nice. I obliged her.

I can’t say too much more without giving away something. However, my Susan is a most unusual looking woman because she has ebony black hair and ivory skin. Think Snow White.

I’ve never been to the real Susan Tuttle’s house, but my Susan lives in a redesigned Craftsman among many treasures. I can see my Susan in my mind’s eye just as I see the real one. However, even though I do know the real Susan Tuttle I know far more about my Susan.

I wonder if perhaps I’ve given myself a problem. After the real Susan reads Unresolved will she retaliate by writing me into one of her books? If so, I hope she makes me much younger and full of energy.

In actuality, I hope the real Susan enjoys the character I named after her. I certainly enjoyed creating her.

F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith

Thank you, Marilyn, for stopping by today. I can’t wait to read all about “myself”! I just wish I had that ebony black hair and ivory skin… and that redesigned Craftsman. But I have you for a friend, and that’s a whole lot better! Now as for retaliation… hmmm… we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?


#13 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Unresolved

Blurb: Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

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Bio: F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra.

Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

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Write Over the Hump

Here’s a prompt that filled with symbolism. Take it literally, take it symbolically, just see what happens when you let your imagination loose on this little opening.

The rats only came out at night.

Write Over the Hump

We are a society of rules, and we should be. It’s what keeps order, keeps status quo on an even keel. But our stories are all about what happens when that status quo is disturbed, when the rules are broken. Today, let that be your guide as you start your story with:

So that’s what happens if you go out of the lines.

Write Over the Hump

How often do we — and our characters — do something without thinking about it? Just go into a situation, or spout off a bunch of words, with nary a thought to what might happen. Use this prompt to explore just what might happen because of this kind of willful blindness.

I never even looked.


Write Over the Hump

This little line came to me at a church meeting where we were discussing what to do about the old chairs in the sanctuary. I jotted it down because it tickled my fancy. Now see what comes when you use it to start today’s writing session.

Four chairs glued together does not a pew make.

Write Over the Hump

Exploring meanings is integral to what we write. After all, if it doesn’t mean anything, why write about it? Here’s a prompt to get you writing about truth and what it means… for you and for your stories.

They said it was true, but they said a lot of things back then.

Write Over the Hump

Last month we explored what it means to us to be in love. This month, explore what it is like to lose that love. We’ve all felt that loss at one time or another, and in one way or another. Understanding loss, how we felt about it and what we did with/reacted to our feelings helps us write stories that won’t let our readers go.

Write about losing someone you loved.

Write Over the Hump

Sounds sometimes can trigger strong emotions… and great story ideas. Here’s a maddening little sound to start you off on your writing today… where will it take you?

Water drip, drip, dripped from somewhere close by.