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,Continue reading “Mundane or extraordinary?”

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.Continue reading “A picture is worth 1,000 words”

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.Continue reading “Reviewing for the test”