Write Over The Hump

Wednesdays can be exhausting; two days behind us, but two still to come in our busy workweeks. Taking a little time (only 10 minutes) to write can boost spirits and energize not only our bodies but also our creativity. This … 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

Letting Our Inner Critic Play

We all struggle with our annoying inner critic, so let’s give the critter free rein today. It might be interesting to see what happens if we turn our critic on someone else, let it rant about someone else’s foibles and … 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

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