Here’s a little prompt to help you dig into your own life and maybe be able to translate that into your writing. You can do this as yourself, or, for a true challenge, become one of your characters and do … Continue reading
What do you see in this photograph? Where is it, here or on some other planet? Let your imagination have free rein as you write for 10 minutes. And be sure to send me your unique story for the contest; … Continue reading
Here’s an opening that’s sure to lead into some very interesting places. Let your imagination go wild as you set your timer for 10 minutes and begin to write. Don’t stop; keep that pen (or fingers) moving. And send me … Continue reading
Here’s an interesting picture I took one day up in San Francisco. It set my mind spinning. What can your imagination make of it? What exactly is it and what does it do? Set that timer for 10 minutes and … Continue reading
Here’s an intriguing little start for a story. Give yourself 10 minutes and see where your imagination takes it. And as always, send your story to me for the contest, and I’ll post the top three contenders on Monday. Send … Continue reading
We’ve all felt misunderstood at times. What a struggle it was to try to make others see us, see who we are, and understand how we think. The same goes for our characters. Not everyone will get along, not everyone … Continue reading
An unexpected event can throw our character for a loop. Sometimes it can even trigger a subplot in a story. Given the time of year, there’s a lot of emotion that can come out of the unexpected. Here’s an unexpected … Continue reading
Sometimes the seemingly innocuous can spark our imagination. What kind of spark does the following prompt create for you? You have only 15 minutes to capture it all… start now! Oh, that’s right, you haven’t met me yet.
Our characters can’t always be right. They can’t always succeed, or our stories would be only a few pages in length. They have to fail, sometimes over and over, and deal with the consequences—and emotions—that come with failure. So, again … Continue reading
Here’s another suspense-filled opening to sink your teeth into. Just what is happening here? Set your timer for 15 minutes and write: It was the gun she held that convinced me she was serious.