When we write stories, we need to stretch our imagination. Here’s a prompt to help you do just that. Take it literally, or use it as symbolism, or just let it take you away into a realm of fantasy and … Continue reading
Sometimes all it takes is a few words to set our minds spinning. Sometimes the simplest things end up being the best prompts. Start with these three little words and see what happens… It was red.
Some openings are filled with mystery or intrigue. Or a sense of danger. Or they bring back memories of a past event in our lives. Wherever this one takes you, have fun! It happened when the lights went out.
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
Another twist, one a lot of us have probably dreamed about. See what happens when you turn your subconscious loose on this one. Write Over the Hump You wake up one morning and no one can see or hear you. … Continue reading
The further you can stretch your imagination, the more interesting twists will appear in your stories. Playing with science fiction-type scenarios is a great way to nudge your imagination into unused alleyways. Remember not to judge what comes out. Turn … Continue reading
Off-the-wall concepts can often jump-start our creativity because they are so ridiculous from the outset that our conscious logic goes out the window. We are able to set aside pre-conceived notions about how things are supposed to be and simply … Continue reading
Here’s a photo I snapped one dark night, when clouds boiled across the sky and the moon snuck into corners of shadow, hiding from its own light. What I see here is a UFO approaching Earth, ready to do—what? Destroy … Continue reading
Here’s a shot from the movie Cleric, taken by Aaron Kondziela (used with permission) and posted on his website (www.aaronkondziela.com) It’s very obscurity lends itself to an amazing array of interpretations. At a quick glance, these two objects could … Continue reading
There’s enough attitude in this photo to fuel a whole gaggle of stories. It comes courtesy of Aaron Kondziela, www.aaronkondziela.com, who snapped it while on the set of the indie film, Cleric. It’s a character from a surreal, dystopian world sure … Continue reading