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

From Person to Place

Just as places can be translated into memorable characters, so too can people be translated into unique settings for our stories. It’s all in taking a different perspective, so you find the extraordinary and singular aspects to add to your … Continue reading

Characters, Characters Everywhere

Creating unique and different characters isn’t always easy. But our lives can hold the key to creating interesting and memorable characters. No, I don’t mean writing about people you know. Rather, twist it; write about places you know as if … Continue reading

Twist the Familiar out of Shape

Another great way to find interesting plots to explore is to twist the way something works. I wondered about my new printer and came up with this little scenario. Write Over the Hump You purchase a new printer for your … Continue reading

Working With the Unfamiliar

What if the familiar wasn’t the same any more? Asking questions like this can lead into some great stories. Try this one on for size. Write Over the Hump You live in a semi-tropical environment, where the temperature never goes … Continue reading

Writing and the Best Laid Plans

Ever wonder what might happen should your best-laid pans go awry? Here’s a great little exercise to play around with. Write Over the Hump You are on a 40 foot motorboat in the harbor, getting ready to celebrate a friend’s … Continue reading

Entering the Writing “Zone”

Sometimes when we enter the “zone,” things pop up in our stories that we don’t quite know what to do with. They skew the story we’ve planned into uncharted territory. Being able to allow the story to unfold on its … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Writing Muscles

We need good, strong, flexible writing muscles to sustain us through the creation of our stories. But stretching our writing muscles isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s not like we can go to the local gym and hop on … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Twisting Reality

To follow up on asking “What If?” that we talked about last week, here’s another exercise that will truly expand your imagination. And it all came about because I asked “What if…?” one day when I was changing batteries in … Continue reading