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. And follow her on Twitter and FaceBook.

Write Over the Hump

Some of the best things happen when we juxtapose things that don’t go together. Surprises can be fun. Set your timer for 10 minutes. Start with, “I wouldn’t lie to you.” Use these words or phrases as part of what … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Here’s a sentence to start you muse humming. What do you see in this sentence? What will happen from this point? Who is, or will be, involved? Let your imagination run wild while your timer counts down those 10 or … Continue reading

Crafting Unputdownable Stories

I wrote this for my writing group, SLO NightWriters, and thought it might be of interest to other writers out there. I’ve used examples (in italics) throughout from my own writing, illustrating what I’m saying and what I’ve learned through … Continue reading

Learning to Appreciate My Computer Left Brain

by: Author Debra Davis Hinkle Humans have two brain hemispheres that talk to each other. For many years it was thought that we were either left- or right-brain dominate in our decision making.  It appears to me that some people … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

This week, let’s think outside the proverbial box: Look around the room and pick out three pieces of furniture. Now write a short story or scene and use those three pieces in your writing, but not as they are intended … Continue reading

How To Train A Human

Adjusting Attention Spans Humans are fickle creatures. They have either very long attention spans, or very short ones, and no one can say for sure at which point each one comes to the fore. Just understand that these spans tend … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s a fun photo to set your mind whirling. What is this thing, just a bug, or is it something quite different? Where did it come from? What does it want? What will happen if it doesn’t get it? Let … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s something from your own life to write about. We only write the best when we mine our own experiences, so this is good practice for all writers. And it’ll give you a touch of nostalgia you might need during … Continue reading