Tip: Be sure your characters have diversity, and not just your main ones. Mix things up, especially if your story is in an urban setting. Have different races, ethnics, languages… don’t keep everything one flavor.

Thought: People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. – Harlan Ellison

Teaser: There she stood at the door to the cabin…  Finish this using: personal ad, eight ball, velvet cape