Jeopardy (Chapter One)

You’d think it’d be easier to kill someone you don’t know, but it’s not.

At least not always. I sorta know these people. Not by name, of course. Mostly by whispered voices and shapes and shadows on the days they decide it’s safe enough to light a fire. A few of them by smell too. And if I could, I’d kill them all.

Illusions

Remember those books that had the 3D pictures in them that you could only see if you focused your eyes just right? I swore there was nothing there until one day I managed to see the image, and from that point on, I had it figured out.

These drawings are even more impressive. They’re all by an amazing artist named Ramon Bruin, and you can see more of his work at his website. Each of these photos had to be taken at a specific angle for the 3D effect to show properly. Click on the image or a larger size.

The Two Words That Get Your Story Started

What if?

Those two words are all you need to jump-start any story, whether you’re halfway through your work-in-progress, or just trying to figure out what to write next. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing flash fiction or a multi-volume epic. It all begins the same way.

What if?

Got a bad case of writer’s block? Start asking the “what if” questions. What if your hero fell off a float in the 4th of July parade and injured his leg? What if your bad guy got the hiccups at a critical moment? What if a kangaroo pocketed a critical piece of evidence and hopped away?