Write Over the Hump

Finding a plot is often the process of twisting the normal out of shape. We offer a toast to congratulate accomplishments, but sunny skies and happy times do not keep readers reading. You have 15 minutes to twist this toast … 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

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

Character Expose — Sabrina Compton

I have so many stories in process and so many characters in my head, that when Barbara M. Hodges, a great writer of suspense and mystery, asked me to be part of this Character Expose, I had trouble figuring out … Continue reading