Muse on Monday – May 23, 2022

I’ve been away from the site for a couple weeks since I’ve been down with COVID. It might have been a time to do some writing, but unfortunately, it was not the asymptomatic variety. But I’m back now and almost as good as ever. This week’s prompt is the first line of a story: In…

Muse on Monday – May 9, 2022

When we think of conflict, we often think of very dramatic things: wars, murders, and attacking creatures if it’s external or fights, gossip and backstabbing if it is interpersonal conflict. However, conflict does not always have to be big. It could be as subtle as a girl trying to get a particular seat in class…

Muse on Monday – May 2, 2022

A lot of art is about contrast and that is true for fiction as well. Putting two very different things next to each other helps us to see and understand both of them better. For example, we can understand being rich and being poor better in a story with both rich and poor people in…

Muse on Monday – April 25, 2022

I would argue that a writer’s goal is not just to tell a story but to tell an impactful story. We want the reader to keep thinking about the story after they’ve finished reading. There are a lot of ways to do this but one way is with description. We want the reader to be…

Muse on Monday – April 18, 2022

People are fascinating. On one hand we are all the same: we all need the same things and follow the same patterns, but on the other hand we are each unique. Every person has their own story or collections of stories. Some we know, others we can only guess. For example, I am currently looking…

Muse on Monday – April 11, 2022

One great thing about reading is the chance to travel to different places and situations without leaving your home. Reading doesn’t open a new world, it opens up a million new worlds. Writing is the same way but we get to make the choices. If you want to go somewhere, all you need to do…

Hotel Limbo

Hotel Limbo At least two of the hotel’s 4 stars must have been photoshopped. Towels worn, dirty bathroom, shampoo bottles refilled. I sat on the bed, frantically searching flights. I had 36 hours to travel 2700 miles across Central Asia to make my next connection after my last flight had been cancelled. COVID Ugh, I’d…

Muse on Monday – April 4, 2022

Personally, I love the idea of doors, tunnels, and portals. They lead somewhere else, either to an actual magical other world, like Narnia, or maybe just to a whole new experience. They are a great inspiration for stories since stories are all about moving from one state to another: leaving here and going there, whatever…

Muse on Monday – March 28, 2022

Stories are built on conflict and a lot of the conflict in life is built on either a lack of information or having the wrong information. Arguably, having the wrong information and thinking it is right is worse and so provides more conflict. Think about a love story where a misunderstanding drives the two love…

Muse on Monday – March 21, 2022

Don’t you just love the word “why”? It can be one of the most difficult questions to answer but the answers to it can also drive a story. Sure, we want to see who the murderer is, but also why they did it. If you see a person crying at a table in a restaurant,…