Tag: creative writing

  • Find Your Novel Opening: Quickly, Efficiently–and with MORE Creativity

    I’ve been fiddling with the opening of the second book of a trilogy, Blue Planets, for several weeks, trying to plot, trying to think of new and exciting ways to tell the story. I KNOW the story. It’s bringing it down to specifics that’s hard. Part of my problem is that Book 1 in this […]

  • 39 Villain Motivations

    I’m working on motivating my villain(ess) and have found 39 possible motivations. I’m sure there are more, but these should jump start your imagination. They are presented here with a statement from the villain(ess)’s point of view. Romance: I want to marry the princess. Revenge – ruin a hero: I want to ruin the King. […]

  • 3 Reasons to NaNoWriMo

    3 Reasons to NaNoWriMo

    Are you ready to write 50,000 words in one month flat? I am. For the first time, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. Why this year? Here are 3 good reasons. Timing. My work schedule has some lag time about now and it’s convenient. That is, I want a new […]

  • Explore Your Characters: Be Surprised

    You know you should try writing your story in first v. third point of view, but for some reason, you put it off. Why? Because you’ve gotten a first draft of a scene or chapter and you just want to keep going. It’s exactly the feeling that elementary school children have: “Why do I have […]

  • February 750 word challenge

    Take the February 750word challenge. The website 750words.com challenges writers every month to write every day that month and make it at least 750 words. Now, think about it. February only has 28 days; except this is a leap year, sorry. Still, that’s one day less to win this challenge. You can write 750 words […]

  • Think Like a Writer: TOC

    The 31-day Think Like a Writer series challenges writers to write at least 750 words each and every day for a month. I used the website 750words.org, but you can do it with pencil and paper or on your computer. These creative writing prompts are meant to be “morning pages” or practice in Thinking Like […]