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
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
Your characters need to talk. What happens when they put it off? How do you show them going through any of the negative reactions described here? How does their delay build dramatic tension?
3 Reasons You Should Have Difficult Conversations Now | Entrepreneur.com
Whether your main characters are adults, children or their pets, there’s not much story without relationships. Which of these skills do they have? Or lack?
The 3 Relationship Skills You Need to Practice | Psychology Today
How many of these can you check off your “to-do” list?
7 Things Every Twenty-First Century Writer Needs To Do | PHOENIX Magazine
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.
This San Francisco book festival looks like a great new opportunity for writers. And readers.
Bay Area Book Festival to launch in 2015 – Bookmarks
If you’re writing a police procedural, here is some useful information.
12 Tips To Help Your Detective Become A Real Crime-Solving Pro
MPR is a relatively new publication for writers and artists with ties to the Midwest. Don’t discount it until you’ve read the rules.
Midwest Prairie Review Call for Submissions @ UW-Madison Continuing Studies