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,…

Muse on Monday – March 14, 2022

Writing fiction deals a lot with making connections: connections between the characters, connections between the characters and the setting or with themselves, not to mention connections between the writer and the reader. This is a picture I took near my house and it made me think about all the connections, often invisible, in life and…

Muse on Monday – March 7, 2022

We love stories with heroes. Heroes don’t have to be perfect but they have something in them that we want to see in ourselves, whether it is intelligence, bravery, tenacity, or so forth. That’s why we cheer for them. The best heroes are often unlikely heroes because we can relate to them. Think of Bilbo…

Muse on Monday – February 28, 2022

Happy Monday on this last day of February. I hope you had a good weekend. One fun part of writing from a prompt is thinking of how you can take it in an unexpected direction. For example, the prompt on January 10, 2022 was “The world ended on a Friday, which was a surprise.” The…

Muse on Monday – February 21, 2022

Happy Monday, everyone. I’m so glad you are here and I hope your week goes as well as you hope it might. I don’t know about you, but I listen to music whenever I write. It helps me to focus. Music can also be one of the best inspirations for writing because it has such…

Muse on Monday – February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a day we think of love, usually romantic love between two people. However, there are many other types of love as well, such as love between family members, love of friends, love of nature, and so on. Animals also form very strong bonds, either with people or with other animals….

Muse on Monday – February 7, 2022

I hope you are doing well and staying warm. That shouldn’t be a problem if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is summer, or somewhere tropical. But where I am, it is very snowy and pretty cold. Sometimes, when the wind is blowing and it is raining or snowing hard, it might seem…

Muse on Monday – January 31, 2022

One part of writing fiction is putting yourself in your characters’ shoes. Sure, you know what you would do, but what would they do? Everyone has their own personalities and histories. It’s up to you, as the writer, to decide not only what your characters do, but why they do it. Which brings us to…

Muse on Monday – January 24, 2022

It is a beautiful snowy here and looking out the window of the Green-Walled Treehouse, all you can see is white all around. It maybe be blinding, but all that white just makes the green walls of the treehouse stand out even more. Writing, just like a green blob in the middle of a white…