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

The Value of A Notebook

Have you been keeping a notebook with you to jot down those snippets of overheard conversations? Keep one by your chair when you watch TV, too, because sometimes a phrase or two will resonate. And trust me, no matter how … Continue reading

The Invisible Writer!

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

Stretching the Imagination

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

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: Asking What If?

Unexpected twists come from asking, “What If?” It’s amazing where those two little words can take you. What if this had happened? What if this hand’t happened? What if he said…? What if she wore…? What if the weather…? Once … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Overheard Snippets

Phrases we overhear can be fantastic starting points for stories and scenes, because we have to fill in the numerous blanks to make sense of what we’ve heard. Our creative imaginings go into overdrive. It’s a great idea to keep … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump: Exploring Desires

What we would do if we could reveals a lot about who we are. Heres another self-exploratory prompt to play with. Write Over the Hump  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Write about what … Continue reading

Flowers of Fire

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