Here’s an opening that’s sure to lead into some very interesting places. Let your imagination go wild as you set your timer for 10 minutes and begin to write. Don’t stop; keep that pen (or fingers) moving. And send me … Continue reading
Here’s an interesting picture I took one day up in San Francisco. It set my mind spinning. What can your imagination make of it? What exactly is it and what does it do? Set that timer for 10 minutes and … Continue reading
Here’s an intriguing little start for a story. Give yourself 10 minutes and see where your imagination takes it. And as always, send your story to me for the contest, and I’ll post the top three contenders on Monday. Send … Continue reading
We’ve all felt misunderstood at times. What a struggle it was to try to make others see us, see who we are, and understand how we think. The same goes for our characters. Not everyone will get along, not everyone … Continue reading
An unexpected event can throw our character for a loop. Sometimes it can even trigger a subplot in a story. Given the time of year, there’s a lot of emotion that can come out of the unexpected. Here’s an unexpected … Continue reading
Sometimes the seemingly innocuous can spark our imagination. What kind of spark does the following prompt create for you? You have only 15 minutes to capture it all… start now! Oh, that’s right, you haven’t met me yet.
Our characters can’t always be right. They can’t always succeed, or our stories would be only a few pages in length. They have to fail, sometimes over and over, and deal with the consequences—and emotions—that come with failure. So, again … Continue reading
Here’s another suspense-filled opening to sink your teeth into. Just what is happening here? Set your timer for 15 minutes and write: It was the gun she held that convinced me she was serious.
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
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