Write Over the Hump

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.

Write Over the Hump

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

Write Over the Hump

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.

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

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