Category Archives: Creativity

What’s So Scary About Writing What You Don’t Know?

Writing what you don’t know can be scary! Creating a world out of thin air can be intimidating. This is exactly why there is this whole, big, stupid, “write what you know” controversy. Some who oppose “write what you know” argue that you should choose imagination over familiarity. Perhaps you should venture outside your own … Continue reading What’s So Scary About Writing What You Don’t Know?

Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story

Man, do I love a good, believable romance. I like the slow kind, where looks are exchanged, where she ignores him, where he adores her, where their journey leads to something beautiful and long-lasting. I like the kinds of romance where the undercover action is a result of commitment, not the possibility of it. Good … Continue reading Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story

Write a 100 Word Story! Include 3 Words! Win A Contest!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Write a 100 Word Story! Include 3 Words! Win A Contest!

10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

Sometimes drafting that story stinks. You’re all excited in the beginning, you can’t stop writing! But somewhere you get stuck. And you may want to quit. Keep in mind, your purpose in writing the first draft is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t … Continue reading 10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

Everybody wants to be more creative. Creativity is that moment when your ideas come together in just the right way, you may see something that no one else did. Creativity is problem solving, but it’s also strategy, connections and applications of concepts. When we’re on fire creatively, sometimes we don’t know where the original spark … Continue reading 16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

What’s So Bad About the Advice, “Write What You Know”?

What’s so problematic about “write what you know?” I swear, sometimes in writing circles, these are fighting words. Mark Twain famously gave this advice. And in the context of who he was (um, very famous for his fictionalized accounts of his boyhood on the Mississippi River) and the time period in which he lived (yeah, … Continue reading What’s So Bad About the Advice, “Write What You Know”?

The Weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest! You Can Win!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!    The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. … Continue reading The Weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest! You Can Win!

The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include … Continue reading The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

Description: Six Ways To Tone It Down And Make Your Story Stronger

Description can be overdone like Girl Scout cookies, sunny days and reality television. In our fiction writing, description can play a key role. It can make the details of the story come alive vividly. Good description engrosses the reader in the story. But like fine wine, news in an election year, and most pork products, … Continue reading Description: Six Ways To Tone It Down And Make Your Story Stronger

The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include … Continue reading The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

How Storytelling Makes Me A Stronger Writer

By Christine Hennebury, 10 Minute Novelist              Once upon a time, there was a writer who was invited to host a storytelling circle. She knew that she couldn’t bring any of her written work to read aloud, instead she was going to have to combine her writing and acting skills with her love of reading … Continue reading How Storytelling Makes Me A Stronger Writer

Apples to Apples Drabble! A Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! Submit Your Entry!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!    The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. … Continue reading Apples to Apples Drabble! A Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! Submit Your Entry!