THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 11 Gifts from the Muse

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Eleven  character smiles: (Try these out at the family dinner!) The next time you aren’t sure how to describe your character’s smile you might want to try one of these! . 2. .5.6.7.8.9. 10.11. The Muse consulted Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon,

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Gifts from the Muse – Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Ten excellent endings:  1. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald          2 “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell 3. “But wherever they go, and whatever happens to

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 6

On the Sixth day of Christmas, my true Muse gave to me … Secrets? Six secret Writing Prompts: Everyone loves a secret. But are we able to keep secrets? As writers, it’s very tempting to use secrets as material. People should probably consider that before confiding in us! For now, let’s have fun with some secrets.

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 4

On the fourth day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Four inspiring quotes: “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” Beatrix Potter “A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 3

On the third day of Christmas my true muse gave to me,  three musical  selections: The Muse understands the power of inspirational music. It speaks to our emotions, pumps up our energy and provides the atmosphere for that crucial scene. Sunrise Moonlight Sonata Spring

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Day 2

On the second day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Two creative tips: “There is no such thing beneath the heavens as conditions favourable to art.  Art must crash through or perish.” Sylvia Ashton-Warner “Continue to dream and continue to believe yourself special, for if you stop dreaming you lose your motivational energy, you