You may have many interests, of which a few might be powerful enough to power a story. These are your obsessions. Include as much of your obsessions, infatuations and confusions as possible in your writing, though maybe not the specifics which can often be boring, at least to yourself. It is time to take the [...]
The three Ds: death, destruction and destiny. Where would we be without them?
Wanting to write a thriller but you don’t know what to write about? Read a few proverbs. Ideas abound in proverbs and can inspire your writing. Consider the following: Venture a small fish to catch a big one. When the fish is caught, the net is laid aside. The treason is loved, but the traitor [...]
Something as simple and intriguing as browsing through a book of proverbs and quotations can start you off with some ideas. Many well-known quotations and proverbs can make wonderful starting points for creating your characters. All of them refer to people and/or some aspect of human behaviour, thus giving instant reader-character identification. Here are a [...]
Tell stories about people who have something to lose – family, careers, ideals, opportunities, reputations, hopes and dreams.
The character has to hide it but suffers emotionally (shown through guilt, anger, frustration, lies) because he cannot share the secret.