Write Over the Hump

This week’s prompt doesn’t give a lot to work with — not at first. But if you set that timer and start to write, and keep writing, you may be surprised at what comes out. Start now! Yeah, they gave a … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Another opportunity to wallow in the “Twist” that makes our stories really fly. Give yourself 15 minutes as you let your imagination take you to a place you maybe have never before been. “Hello, beautiful,” she called just as…

Write Over the Hump

Finding a plot is often the process of twisting the normal out of shape. We offer a toast to congratulate accomplishments, but sunny skies and happy times do not keep readers reading. You have 15 minutes to twist this toast … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

For this week, we have a little saying that was one of my mother’s favorites. Set your timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do with it… This one will really stretch your writing muscles! This week’s prompt: … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

If you’re just joining “Write Over The Hump”, know that you can change pronouns and names as you wish. Most importantly, don’t edit, don’t stop once you start writing, and don’t plan out what you will write. Just let the … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

This week we’re trying something a little different. To produce successful works we need to access our deepest emotions, not something that’s always easy. This week, I’m asking you to take a look inside and pull up some long-buried feelings, feelings … Continue reading

Tension, Suspense and Turning Pages

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

Crafting Tension in Stories

Putting your characters into situations where they are faced with difficult decisions is a great way to add tension to your work. Remember, tension doesn’t mean mystery. It means setting up a question in the reader’s mind (Will he? Will … Continue reading

Letting Our Inner Critic Play

We all struggle with our annoying inner critic, so let’s give the critter free rein today. It might be interesting to see what happens if we turn our critic on someone else, let it rant about someone else’s foibles and … Continue reading