• Creativity,  Uncategorized,  Writing Prompt

    Take 5 – Five Sets of Idea-Building Questions

    When my stories need a boost, I like to start by picking an object and figuring out its background or how it might fit into my story. Sometimes, this is just a thinking exercise that helps me explore inside the world of my story – I may not even include the object in the final draft. Other times, the object becomes a key factor in the plot. If you haven’t got a story idea at the moment, or if you are feeling a little stalled in your work-in-progress, give this exercise a try. Maybe you’ll get your story moving again or maybe you’ll just have a little fun playing with…

  • Craft,  Motivation,  Uncategorized

    Take 5 Friday: Work Like A (Real) Dog

    As a writer, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere. And, I’m sure you know that you can borrow skills, ideas, and methods from all kinds of different sources. Today, just for fun on this first Friday in September, I have some writerly advice for you from my dog. Since she refused to be interviewed, I just observed her and thought about how her approach to the world applies to writing. So, here’s some advice to help you work like a dog. (A real dog, not one of those metaphorical ones that the expression refers to.) Be curious and then follow the scent When we go outside, Khalee likes…

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    Panning for Gold-Finding Your Best Ideas

    Ideas are a dime a dozen for us creative types. Often they come in the most inopportune moments or lead us on bunny trails mid-scene. And yet, when we go to decide what happens in the next scene, we often find our brains zone in on the obvious or worse go blank. Finding our best ideas for a scene is like panning for gold. We have to sift out the 90% that is just dirt and then analyze the last 10% to determine what is fool’s gold and what is real gold. Being time crunched writers, we need to learn to do this as efficiently as possible. So here are…