Write Over the Hump

Midweek is a good time to look back on how we became who we are, and how we have dealt with life so far. In how we react to what happens—or doesn’t happen—to us are the seeds of our stories, … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

This is a fun prompt that should really get your creative juices flowing. Remember, you can change the pronoun, or even substitute an actual name. Then set your timer for 10 minutes and let the words flow. You might even … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

This week we’re trying something a little different. To produce successful works we need to access our deepest emotions, not something that’s always easy. This week, I’m asking you to take a look inside and pull up some long-buried feelings, feelings … Continue reading

Tension, Suspense and Turning Pages

Keeping tension or suspense high is the best was to keep readers turning pages. They just have to know what will happen. Another way of creating tension is to put a time limit on what needs to be done, a … Continue reading

Crafting Tension in Stories

Putting your characters into situations where they are faced with difficult decisions is a great way to add tension to your work. Remember, tension doesn’t mean mystery. It means setting up a question in the reader’s mind (Will he? Will … Continue reading

Finding the Strange, the Singular, the Quirky for Your Writing

Looking at things from a different perspective is the best way to find the strange, singular or quirky aspects that will make readers sit up and take notice. One way is to stop thinking like a human being. How? Try … Continue reading

Writing the Opposite Sex

We all need to write characters who are different from us. Even those who are the opposite sex. It takes a good stretch of the imagination to write convincing characters who are intrinsically the opposite of what we are familiar … Continue reading

Let Strong Emotions Trigger a Setting

Settings can come from many things, but did you ever think that you could use emotion to trigger one? Strong emotions create imges in our minds and we can use those images to create places for our characters to populate. … Continue reading

From Person to Place

Just as places can be translated into memorable characters, so too can people be translated into unique settings for our stories. It’s all in taking a different perspective, so you find the extraordinary and singular aspects to add to your … Continue reading