Write Over the Hump: Adding Tension

Tension (aka suspense) is vital no matter what genre we write. Without tension, our writing feels flat and boring, even if the prose is beautiful. Those who write in the mystery/suspense/thriller genres have a bit easier row to hoe, since … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Tension and Themes

Juxtaposing opposite concepts often leads us into new territory. Opposites both attract and repel. Built-in tension! Learning to use opposing concepts to delineate and define the themes in our writing lifts our stories to a higher level. Write Over the … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Wacky Concepts

Off-the-wall concepts can often jump-start our creativity because they are so ridiculous from the outset that our conscious logic goes out the window. We are able to set aside pre-conceived notions about how things are supposed to be and simply … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Defining New Words

I love to learn new words when I’m reading a book. And I’m especially pleased when a writer uses the new-to-me word in a way that allows me to figure out its meaning from the context alone. That way I … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Looking for Logic

Disparate concepts make us stretch and twist to make logical connections. Unlike in life, things in fiction have to make sense, no matter how disconnected they seem to be. Trust your subconscious to find the logical links. Try this and … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Overheard Snippets

Phrases we overhear can be fantastic starting points for stories and scenes, because we have to fill in the numerous blanks to make sense of what we’ve heard. Our creative imaginings go into overdrive. It’s a great idea to keep … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Character Revelations

Random events that happen can often be used to reveal character in our writing. Whether our characters are happy about it, sad, angry or indifferent, their response to these events lets the reader understand them a little better. (And if … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Offhand Comments

Sometimes an overheard comment or stray concept can trigger amazing results if we let our subconscious loose on it. Let this one start your creative juices flowing. Write Over the Hump Write about this for 10 minutes: “It was the … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Alter Egos

When I was a little girl, I was always pretending to be someone else – especially when I went to the doctor for a shot! We all have fantasies about being someone other than who we are. These fantasies help … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: The KISS Principle?

Don’t be afraid to explore what appears to be a simple concept. Sometimes simple isn’t as simple as it seems, especially when your subconscious gets in on the action. Try this one on for size. Write Over the Hump Set … Continue reading