Write Over the Hump

Humor can help ease things when tension mounts too high. It also gives readers a place to breathe, before the tensions ramps up again. And the lighter side of characters helps¬†bond them to readers. So, here’s a prompt to help … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Here’s another suspense-filled opening to sink your teeth into. Just what is happening here? Set your timer for 15 minutes and write: It was the gun she held that convinced me she was serious.

Write Over the Hump

The completely strange and foreign can serve as a spark for story ideas. Even if you never want to write science fiction or fantasy, venturing out into the genre can help your imagination soar when you return to what you … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

We have all felt alone at times, been places where we didn’t seem to fit in, where no one spoke to us or noticed us. We can mine those emotions for our stories. Here’s a prompt to help you do … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

I thought of my son (whose birthday is tomorrow) and his little BMW when I wrote this. It set my mind spinning. Does it do the same for you? What was it about the car? Whose car was it? And … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Lists can jump-start our creativity, so here’s an opening that incorporates the beginning of a list. It’s up to you to discover the rest of the list, as your story unfolds. Set that timer and begin to write! First, identify … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Stretch something out of the ordinary and it gives us great fodder for our imaginations to chew on. Here’s a little twist that will keep you occupied for the next 10 or 15 minutes. And let me know, what was … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Another Hump-Day original opening. This one should give your imagination plenty of room. What is happening here? What needs to be done, and why does the other person need to go away? What will you come up with today? If … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Again we will mine our own experiences, our own emotions. Only through understanding ourselves can we bring life to our characters. This might be hard to do, but if you need to bring deep emotions to a story, you need … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Some openings seem to point to a mystery beginning to unravel. But is that always true? Suspense doesn’t always mean danger and mystery. Where will this opening lead you? Into mystery, into darkness, or to a totally different genre? A … Continue reading