999 Steps To Go

by: Author Brandy McKay Today, we have writer/author Brandy McKay, giving those of us who are on the fence about this writing-thing, who wonder if we really can do it, can accomplish a life-long dream, the wisdom and advice to … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Here’s a sentence to start you muse humming. What do you see in this sentence? What will happen from this point? Who is, or will be, involved? Let your imagination run wild while your timer counts down those 10 or … Continue reading

Crafting Unputdownable Stories

I wrote this for my writing group, SLO NightWriters, and thought it might be of interest to other writers out there. I’ve used examples (in italics) throughout from my own writing, illustrating what I’m saying and what I’ve learned through … Continue reading

Learning to Appreciate My Computer Left Brain

by: Author Debra Davis Hinkle Humans have two brain hemispheres that talk to each other. For many years it was thought that we were either left- or right-brain dominate in our decision making.  It appears to me that some people … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

This week, let’s think outside the proverbial box: Look around the room and pick out three pieces of furniture. Now write a short story or scene and use those three pieces in your writing, but not as they are intended … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s a fun photo to set your mind whirling. What is this thing, just a bug, or is it something quite different? Where did it come from? What does it want? What will happen if it doesn’t get it? Let … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s something from your own life to write about. We only write the best when we mine our own experiences, so this is good practice for all writers. And it’ll give you a touch of nostalgia you might need during … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s a strange little sentence to open your writing day. Where will it take you? What is the situation and why is it happening? Have fun with this one! Set your timer, 15-20 minutes, copy the opening sentence, and start … Continue reading

Scrambled Thoughts About “The Setting”

Author Terry Sanville Today we have some words of wisdom from author Terry Sanville on crafting the perfect setting for our stories. Take it away, Terry! A story’s setting has multiple dimensions. There’re the obvious physical elements – On a … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Here’s a sentence to start you off that should get your creativity rolling along. There are lots of places this one can take you. Set that timer for 15 or 20 minutes and start writing! Have fun! We only had … Continue reading