#Writing Prompt: Copy cat

This month’s writing prompt is all about lies! Characters are stretching the truth or avoiding it all together. When, how often, how good they are at it, and what they lie about can tell us about our characters — and our character’s character. Perhaps you even have an unreliable narrator on your hands. Up next: Copy…

Author Shorts Question 5: What or who do your characters look like?

I’ve asked a variety of authors— from horror to romance to comedy to non-fiction—to answer a few questions that I pose. Of course, I love a twist. All answers had to be no more than two sentences. Brevity presents a greater challenge. For me the process was delightful as well as insightful. I love that…

#Writing Prompt: Lying like a dog

This month’s writing prompt is all about lies! Characters are stretching the truth or avoiding it all together. When, how often, how good they are at it, and what they lie about can tell us about our characters — and our character’s character. Perhaps you even have an unreliable narrator on your hands. Up this week:…

#Writing Prompt: Stretching Your Credentials

  This month’s writing prompt is all about lies! Characters are stretching the truth or avoiding it all together. When, how often, how good they are at it, and what they lie about can tell us about our characters — and our character’s character. Perhaps you even have an unreliable narrator on your hands. This week:…

#Writing Prompt: Lying out of a ticket

This month’s writing prompt is all about lies! Characters are stretching the truth or avoiding it all together. When, how often, how good they are at it, and what they lie about can tell us about our characters — and our character’s character. Perhaps you even have an unreliable narrator on your hands. Up first: Lying…

Otherworldly Words: Mesmerize

This whole month I’ve taken a look at words named after someone: January mausoleum Fortean Joining the ranks is mesmerize. Like mausoleum, we no longer capitalize mesmerize, despite its being named after the Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer. He theorized “animal magnetism,” which he thought was the force that passes between two people or inanimate…

In case you’ve forgotten, life can be magical

I was having one of those days. The kind where everything was going wrong. The sky was a piled mass of gray clouds that no sun could squeak through. I spilled my first cup of coffee. I ruined lunch. I had a headache. My husband and I pledged to go to the park for a…

Writing Prompt: Resolve to Volunteer

It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. All month, I’ve provided prompts that center around the types of resolutions a character might make. This final one is about volunteering. Your character pledges to volunteer more this year. What charity does he or she work for? How does it go? Is…

Writing Prompt: The Higher Power

It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. As authors we have many ways to learn about our characters and to tell our readers about our characters. What they pray about and whom they pray for are excellent means! So, in the theme of resolutions this month: When some people vow to improve themselves,…

Author Shorts Question 5: What do you love most about writing?

I’ve started a new segment where I’ve asked a variety of authors to answer a few questions that I pose. Of course, I love a twist. All answers had to be no more than two sentences. Brevity presents a greater challenge. For me the process was delightful as well as insightful. I love that authors…