Write Over the Hump: Characters

Knowing our characters’ favorites helps us get inside their heads. Knowing our own helps us figure out who we are. Either way, this is a fun exercise. Write Over the Hump  List: your favorite food, color, song, movie or TV … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Surprise Concepts

Some of the best things happen when we juxtapose things that don’t go together. Surprises can be fun. Write Over the Hump Set your timer for 10 minutes. Start with, “It really happened.” Use these words or phrases as part … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Descriptions that Sing

Recap of the “Rules”: Set your timer for 10 minutes. Read the prompt. Start the timer and begin writing. Keep writing no matter what. Don’t stop to think or fix anything. Stop when the timer dings. Beware: Timed writing can … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump: Outside the Box

Welcome to Write Over The Hump! I’ve learned, though teaching my “What If? Writing Group” classes**, that timed writing exercises are a great way to bypass the conscious mind and enter fully into the subconscious. Timed writing shuts off the … Continue reading

Death, Life and Writing

It’s been an interesting year, starting last October, when I almost died from pneumonia, heart problems and pulmonary blood clots. While it’s been both an interesting and scary experience, it’s also been a blessing. Mainly because all the tests showed … Continue reading

Danger From Above

Here’s a photo I snapped one dark night, when clouds boiled across the sky and the moon snuck into corners of shadow, hiding from its own light. What I see here is a UFO approaching Earth, ready to do—what? Destroy … Continue reading

Flowers of Fire

Here’s a shot from the movie Cleric, taken by Aaron Kondziela (used with permission) and posted on his website (www.aaronkondziela.com) It’s very obscurity lends itself to an amazing array of interpretations.   At a quick glance, these two objects could … Continue reading

Danger in the Moment?

Sometimes even the most mundane, ill-composed snaps can offer story opportunities. I took this one Christmas while my Dad, Ed Tuttle, was still alive. I don’t remember what he and my cousin Dennis Sullivan were looking at, but my imagination … Continue reading

Nighttime Cemetery

Here’s a great photo I found on www.cosmicsociety.com.  This one should really get your noir juices flowing. Even if you don’t normally write horror, sci-fi or noir, give this one a try. Stepping outside your comfort zone once in a … Continue reading