Stories and Plots

Do you want to expand your writing skills and develop great plots?  Try these exercises: Imagine that you are a producer pitching a movie of your story to a studio executive. You have to get it all across in the proverbial “twenty-five words or less.” What is your novel about? What’s the storyline? Imagine that you’re the movie of your story has been produced and is appearing on TV for the first time. Write the “log line” in the TV … Learn More →

Novel Ideas

Look through the front section of your morning newspaper. Find three articles that contain possibilities for novels. Take the original idea, apply the “what if” strategy, and expand them into one page ideas for a novel. Take one of your favorite novels and reset it in modern times and in your own town. For example, if you adore Gone with the Wind, you might take a young, spoiled rich girl and have her lover sent away to fight the Gulf … Learn More →