Mundane or extraordinary?

People die. Or they don’t. This article from Harvard Business Review is about succession planning for businesses, but I find Zara’s story intriguing as a plot line. She’s reacting to a perceived “deadline,” in the most literal sense. With some tweaks, her story could lend itself to a variety of interpretations or genres — mystery, thriller, magical realism, main stream fiction. And imagine the points of view — Zora’s, her husband’s, her children’s, her father’s, the list goes on.
Try it for 1,000 words and see where it takes you.

Executives Must Face Their Own Mortality – Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries – Harvard Business Review

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/executives-must-face-their-own-mortality/

A picture is worth 1,000 words

Really.
I can’t take credit for finding these puctures. Mystery writer Dana Stabenow posted this link on her Facebook page with a comment about the first shot.
But as soon as I saw them, I realized the photos are a trove of writing prompts. More than two dozen.
What a great antibiotic for writer’s block. Take one today. Write 1,000 words. Repeat.

2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II – In Focus – The Atlantic

http://m.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/06/2014-national-geographic-traveler-photo-contest-part-ii/100764/

Cooling off

This study has some interesting information for writers of YA books and for others who have young characters in their fiction. It maps interesting character arcs with room for variation.

Cool at 13, Adrift at 23 – NYTimes.com

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2014/06/23/cool-at-13-adrift-at-23/?h=PAQFnEVZm&s=1&enc=AZPhPpvSaQEMFN3ei64bbYNXpbN4N1NNfr9mXvcKQIyqVo_ek2nDTnZcLwIa_S7wPJ2UUzp1ySS8yqzp-dJoZ6r7EZV5bxJyH0gt9j3TXU65ZQ∣=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=HL_CA1_20140624&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

Reviewing for the test

Every now and then, it’s good to review what we know about craft. I found “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster on a summer reading list for high school students. When I went looking for it, I came across his “How to Read Novels Like a Professor,” which I bought. I haven’t finished it yet, but I like what I’ve read so far.

Here’s a synopsis of his “laws” for reading.

http://bookrhapsody.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/the-23-laws-of-reading-a-novel-how-to-read-novels-like-a-professor-by-thomas-c-foster/