origins of belief

Quarrelsome characters make stories interesting and unpredictable. And origin shapes perspective.    photo Steve Hillebrand U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Here is a docked research ship. Create two scientists with distinctive, opposing belief systems, and put them on the ship. Now show them in an interaction that is shaped by the friction between their perspectives. One grew up … Continue reading origins of belief

twitter recap for this week

For those of you who don’t follow me @ebszabo on Twitter, here’s what you missed – enjoy: #Write when it hurts. Capture your best. “A writer is someone for whom #writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”  #ThomasMann #writer’sblock? #WriteNow offers supportive #mentoring, #coaching & #editing for writers of #fiction and #nonfiction … Continue reading twitter recap for this week

jumpstart love

Writing a compelling, visceral love scene can be the most daunting of challenges - how many times have you tried, without success, to evoke the eroticism, tension, suspense and thrill of first contact?   The temptation is to make it too obvious, too easy. Or to fall into the trap of 'happily ever after'. We might … Continue reading jumpstart love

flamboyance

   Photo: American flamingoes phoenicopterus by Kat Spence  The pink plastic lawn flamingo was invented by Don Featherstone of Massachusetts in 1957. A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein with the following writing prompt from Lord Byron in his residence on a stormy night in Switzerland, "We will each write a … Continue reading flamboyance

twitter recap for this week

For those of you who don’t follow me @ebszabo on Twitter, here’s what you missed - enjoy: A recipe develops character: show who he is by how he cooks: “As a surprise, he prepared Cherry Buttermilk Clafoutis” #CreativeWritingPrompt #GreatStory is defined by a #writer's will to inhabit #characters, live in #backstory,  #dialogue, #action #CreativeWriting is … Continue reading twitter recap for this week