IN SEARCH OF THE EXTRAORDINARY

  Often in workshops I have my young writers “make the ordinary, extraordinary.” How do we do this? We take an ordinary event and then ask ourselves the question, What if? It is often used to take an everyday situation and turn it into fantasy. WHAT IF you ate a meatball that allowed you to

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHARACTER TAKES A LEFT TURN

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”  ― Robert Frost I was happily working on the end of my current WIP, not the final scene, but very, very close, when out of the blue, my character turned left when she should have turned

HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER ADOLESCENT

“Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters.” Teresa Mummert  When I first started writing, my son was a teen so I was surrounded with the sarcasm and the witty (but not necessarily kind) comebacks that passed for conversation between him and his friends. Inevitably

How to Breathe Life into Flat Characters

  “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The timelessness and the popularity of the story of Anne of Green Gables are rooted in the character of Anne. LM Montgomery managed to create a delightful character who readers love and care about. Even readers in other cultures adore the

KEEP THE WORDS FLOWING – Take an Observation Walk

“My advice: Prove you are a writer by writing often. Write anything. Anytime. Anywhere. On anything. Because you are a writer, that’s why.” Christina Katz.      Once you become a published author, it’s astonishing how many people you meet who are planning to write a book. The world is filled, it seems, with would-be

WRITE EVERY DAY. READ INTENSELY.

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” Ray Bradbury.  Another valuable exercise to inspire your writing is to  read novels with a specific  focus on the writing. How do other authors write intriguing beginnings? How

LET YOUR CHARACTER WRITE THE STORY

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” —Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD When I begin to feel a writer’s block building in

IT’S NOT ABOUT FINDING IDEAS

  “There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestseller; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky; two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but