Writing the Opposite Sex

We all need to write characters who are different from us. Even those who are the opposite sex. It takes a good stretch of the imagination to write convincing characters who are intrinsically the opposite of what we are familiar … Continue reading

Let Strong Emotions Trigger a Setting

Settings can come from many things, but did you ever think that you could use emotion to trigger one? Strong emotions create imges in our minds and we can use those images to create places for our characters to populate. … 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

Twist the Familiar out of Shape

Another great way to find interesting plots to explore is to twist the way something works. I wondered about my new printer and came up with this little scenario. Write Over the Hump You purchase a new printer for your … Continue reading

Working With the Unfamiliar

What if the familiar wasn’t the same any more? Asking questions like this can lead into some great stories. Try this one on for size. Write Over the Hump You live in a semi-tropical environment, where the temperature never goes … Continue reading

Writing and the Best Laid Plans

Ever wonder what might happen should your best-laid pans go awry? Here’s a great little exercise to play around with. Write Over the Hump You are on a 40 foot motorboat in the harbor, getting ready to celebrate a friend’s … Continue reading

The Value of A Notebook

Have you been keeping a notebook with you to jot down those snippets of overheard conversations? Keep one by your chair when you watch TV, too, because sometimes a phrase or two will resonate. And trust me, no matter how … Continue reading

The Invisible Writer!

Another twist, one a lot of us have probably dreamed about. See what happens when you turn your subconscious loose on this one. Write Over the Hump You wake up one morning and no one can see or hear you. … Continue reading

Stretching the Imagination

The further you can stretch your imagination, the more interesting twists will appear in your stories. Playing with science fiction-type scenarios is a great way to nudge your imagination into unused alleyways. Remember not to judge what comes out. Turn … Continue reading