Terry McMillan

Your home for verbal calisthenics- exercises to get you in the mood or keep you in your groove. Sometimes they are mine, sometimes they are borrowed from other brains- but credit is always given.

Try to write everyday. Even before you feed the kids.


Write a scene about something you wish you could forget. Remember it.

There are two sides to every story. Sometimes three. Or four. Or ?? Someone is crossing the street and gets hit by a car. The person is wearing a red jacket and blue jeans. Has on a black baseball hat. Your character was sitting in a restaurant with his/her boyfriend/girlfriend, mother, teenage son, and an…other friend. They each saw it happen. Describe what each saw to the policeman.

Just keep asking yourself “What if. . . . ?” The words that become the story are the response.