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"Without the radiant beam of light shining into the darkness there is little to be seen.  ……   But everything changes with the light." Henri Nouwen

Brainstorm exercises not only help us identify character attributes and plot potential but can also be helpful during re-writes to energize language, bolster saggy scenes, and deepen background. And they can be used repeatedly with each new project. Here are some mini-workshops to customize according to your own needs.

Mini Starts (Cost: $5.00 each)

*You will be directed to a random page with the appropriate file to download once your purchase is complete. If you prefer to pay via check instead of PayPal, please contact me and I'll email the file once payment is received.

  • Words That Sing
    Develop emotional resonance through specific word choices and sentence details that add flavor.
  • What’s The Weather Like?
    Build atmosphere with external and internal geography. Match tone with setting.  
  • Where Are We?
    Whether in familiar, exotic, or fantastical territory the setting has the potential to act as a stage or as an active participant. Which works best here?

Quick Starts (FREE—right-click to save)

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Recommended Reading

Authors have their favorite craft books. These are a few that I’ve found to be timeless and rich with practical application.

  • Showing and Telling by Laurie Alberts
  • A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity
  • The Art of War For Writers by James Scott Bell
  • Setting by Jack M. Bickham
  • Write Away by Elizabeth George
  • Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke
  • The Fire in the Fiction by Donald Maass
  • Theme & Strategy by Ronald B. Tobias


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