Write Over the Hump

Secrets are intrinsic to our stories: secrets kept, secrets shared, secrets revealed. The impact of a secret, either held close or made public, can be devastating for our characters, and make for an enticing plot. Have fun exploring the secret … Continue reading

Paul Alan Fahey on Writing and Life

Today, we have a special treat, Paul Alan Fahey, a great friend and one of the best writers I’ve ever read. Paul has supported and encouraged me in so many ways, I doubt I’d be where I am today without him… … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

There are days when nothing seems to come to mind. When there’s so little to work with. But being a writer means being able to cope with those days of dearth, and turn them into productive writing sessions. Here are … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

When we write stories, we need to stretch our imagination. Here’s a prompt to help you do just that. Take it literally, or use it as symbolism, or just let it take you away into a realm of fantasy and … Continue reading

Inspiration — or Making the Moment Happen?

DJ Adamson is my guest today. She’s the author of the Lilian Dove Mystery series and Outré, a sci-fi/suspense novel for YA. She has some words of wisdom on inspiration and what it means for us as writers. DJ? Shirley … Continue reading

Write Over the hump

Here’s a fun prompt to start your day, sure to get your imagination fired. We all know people like this… now it’s time to write one into a story, use that contrariness to good effect… When trouble brews, you can be … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading