Phrases we overhear can be fantastic starting points for stories and scenes, because we have to fill in the numerous blanks to make sense of what we’ve heard. Our creative imaginings go into overdrive. It’s a great idea to keep a small notebook with you to jot down those random words and phrases for later use. Try this one to start with.
Write Over the Hump Write a story starting with this actual overheard snippet of conversation: “He said he’d do it for me if…” 10 minutes: start now!
What would he do? And did he do it?
About Susan Tuttle
Susan Tuttle is a professional freelance editor, writing instructor and multi-award winning author of 21 books—6 nonfiction on writing (Write It Right), 6 suspense novels and 7 collections of award-winning short stories. She also has stories in both volumes of "Deadlines", the new anthology from the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Tales from a Rocky Coast, and the SLO NightWriter anthology.
Under the pen name Susan Grace O'Neill, she is the author of the Journey With Jesus series: Lord, Let Me Grow (Parables) vol. 1, and Lord, Let Me Walk (Lent).
She is currently working on volume #2 of her Skylark P.I. series (a PI with paranormal abilities), as well as 2 YA fantasy series. And she teaches fiction writing in both the morning and afternoon every Wednesday. Email her if you're interested in joining her class.
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