Tip: If your story is stalled, take a look at it. What can you do to the characters to make things worse? What’s the worst possible thing that can happen at this moment? Brainstorm disasters for your characters and see what happens.

Thought for the day: “When you write a novel, there’s really only one way to decide which of the thousands of novels you might write that you are going to write at this time. What you do is that you write the kind of novel that you yourself would want to read at that particular time.” – Vance Bourjaily

Jumpstart: In one minute, list all the items you can think of in a mini-mart. Now write a scene using those items that does NOT take place in a mini-mart.