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

Write Over the Hump

This opening phrase gives you a lot to play with. Let your imagination flow… For an even more interesting challenge, connect it with the Fourth of July celebration that just passed. They gave him the wrong name, and because of … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

For this week, we have a little saying that was one of my mother’s favorites. Set your timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do with it… This one will really stretch your writing muscles! This week’s prompt: … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

If you’re just joining “Write Over The Hump”, know that you can change pronouns and names as you wish. Most importantly, don’t edit, don’t stop once you start writing, and don’t plan out what you will write. Just let the … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

This is a fun prompt that should really get your creative juices flowing. Remember, you can change the pronoun, or even substitute an actual name. Then set your timer for 10 minutes and let the words flow. You might even … Continue reading

Book Signing This Sunday!

What a pairing…Crime and Wine! If you happen to have some free time on Sunday, May 29th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., visit the Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos, CA., (click on the Winery name for calendar, directions, etc.) and you’ll meet 10 … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Writing Muscles

We need good, strong, flexible writing muscles to sustain us through the creation of our stories. But stretching our writing muscles isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s not like we can go to the local gym and hop on … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Twisting Reality

To follow up on asking “What If?” that we talked about last week, here’s another exercise that will truly expand your imagination. And it all came about because I asked “What if…?” one day when I was changing batteries in … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Twists and Mysteries

Unexpected twists can come from just about anything. It’s the element of mystery contained in the twist that makes our creativity jump on the bandwagon. Then our stories really start to rise. Try this: Write Over the Hump You find … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: The Unexpected

Coming across the unexpected can get our creativity jumping. Nothing shakes up complacency like a unexpected surprise. Nothing makes your readers sit up and take notice like the unexpected. Try this little exercise. Write Over the Hump You are paging … Continue reading