“I’m just not that creative…”

By |2020-09-07T16:43:44+00:00March 20th, 2020|Creativity, Ideas, imagination, short stories, Writing|

Question: It is interesting to see how you come up with your ideas from something you see or hear or something you read. But I’m just not that creative. Never have been. Do you think some people are just more creative than other people? Thanks for the question, and it’s another one that I hear [...]

How Stories Happen: Working Title – “November 18”

By |2020-09-07T16:43:10+00:00March 10th, 2020|Ideas, Personal, short stories, Writing|

I am often asked how I actually write my fiction stories. As a shot at a response, I thought I would give you an inside look at how it happens by sharing an early "idea" for a story I may or may not end up actually finishing. In fact, this might even work as a [...]

Some Ideas Make it Hard to Breathe – From April 2019

By |2020-09-07T16:42:43+00:00March 5th, 2020|Ideas, imagination, short stories, Writing|

I was late for class, which as the instructor, is frowned upon. I was following a big, slow, truck, watching for a break in the traffic so I could get around. It gave me time to think about that big yellow thing the truck was carrying, and wonder just what the heck it was. I [...]

Making Your Characters Sick! – From May 2019

By |2020-09-07T16:42:10+00:00February 15th, 2020|Emily Graham, Fiction, Ideas, imagination, learning, short stories, Writing|

This is going to be a short post today, and one for the writers who may come across it. It will be short because, well, wait a minute, I have to blow my nose…Okay, I’m back. That’s why. I woke up in the middle of the night last night with a scratchy throat threatening to [...]

Creating Really Nasty Villains!

By |2020-09-07T16:31:43+00:00January 5th, 2020|Fiction, Ideas, imagination, learning, short stories, Writing|

I had a really fun conversation with another author this week. As we talked about my past and the years I spent as a pastor and counselor, he asked how I am able to create my nasty villains since I spent all that time in such a “nice” role. He is the first person to [...]

The Day They Blew-Up Decatur!

By |2020-09-07T16:37:06+00:00January 4th, 2020|Fiction, Ideas, imagination, short stories, Writing|

Sometimes, the ideas just hit you right in the face. And then, they just stand there and keep punching. I walked out our front door a few days ago and there it was. It looked like someone had just dropped “the big one” somewhere East of our house, and my guess it was Decatur, Illinois. [...]

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