At one morning session of my Write It Right Writing Class a few years ago, we got into an interesting discussion about symbols and the role they play in our stories. One of the students questioned the need for symbols … 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
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
I’m always amazed at what different writers do with the same opening line. Here’s an opening to a flash-fiction piece I wrote in one of my classes. My story has an eerie quality about it. What will you do with … Continue reading
We’ve all had this happen to us… or seem to happen. In the dead of night, when the shadows hover close, when we don’t know who is there, or what will happen… set your timer for 15 minutes and begin … Continue reading
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
Humor can help ease things when tension mounts too high. It also gives readers a place to breathe, before the tensions ramps up again. And the lighter side of characters helps bond them to readers. So, here’s a prompt to help … Continue reading
Still in the theme of Halloween and weird, scary stuff, this prompt will make you work for your ideas. Just what is happening here? Is it real, or??? I’d never before seen time run backwards.
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.