Episode 4: What’s Your Worst Nightmare?

What’s Your Worst Nightmare?

Writing is not just about your comfort zone.  It’s about growing and exploring your emotions. The more you explore within you the more emotional connections you’ll be able to make with your readers.

Today we’ll explore deep emotional stories. Stories that don’t just have conflict in every scene, but a level of emotional conflict that makes you dig deep into your own personality, believes, and hopes.   Go and write something powerful, something that will make the reader gasp, or cry, or choke in emotion.  After you write a scene or a short story update it to out blog so we can share it with thousands of readers and confront your nightmares!



  1. […] Today’s podcast is not only the regular one with marketing tips for being a better author today we challenge you to write something that’s uncomfortable writing for you something you prefer not to write because you don’t want to even imagine the situation with your characters. When you finish upload it to our blog site and give us the chance to read it and together let’s confront your fears and answer what’s your worst nightmare writing.  […]

  2. Michaelle Wilde 2 years ago

    I am impressed that you, Jorge, were able to write such a powerful piece. I can’t take myself to this point, however beneficial.

  3. Crockett Grabbe 1 year ago

    “IS IT TRUE?!” I will never forget that telephone call on Friday afternoon. “Did a student walk in and shoot Dwight dead?!”

    Before returning down to Austin, TX in 2010, I was a Research Scientist for nearly 30 years in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the Universiy of Iowa. I will always remember November 1, 1991. A few months before a Chinese-exchange student Gang Lu strongly believed that a scholarship awarded to Chan Lin-hua, another Chinese-exchange student he considered a rival, should have been his. He appealed, but planned to use a handgun if the appeal failed.

    In May 1991, Gang filed for a gun permit in Iowa, which he received with help from the NRA, and then purchased a handgun in July. He then spent several months shooting the gun at practice ranges. Professor Chris Goertz directed the research that Gang was involved in. Professor Bob Smith collaborated with Chris on the research. Gang had appealed the scholarship award to Chan thru Dwight Nicholson, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Dwight’s handled his appeal with absolute confidence, the but it was denied by the Vice-president for Academic Affairs.

    So Gang Lu packed the handgun in his pocket for the research group’s regular weekly meeting. During the meeting, Gang stood up, left the meeting, and went to the floor below to see if Dwight is in his office. He was there, working away with his office-door open as usual. Gang returned to the meeting upstairs. Chris was sitting closest to the door and Gang killed him with a shot to the back of his head. Gang then murdered Chan with a bullet to the forehead.

    By now everybody else in the room was scrambling for cover. Bob attempted to crawl underneath the table. Gang shot him in the right hand and chest. Bob collapsed to the floor and Gang left the room, headed downstairs, and reloaded the gun. He reached Dwight’s office, stood in the doorway and fired 2 rounds into his head, so the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa died at his desk. Gang then rushed back upstairs and into the meeting room. Two young scientist were crouched over Bob, loosening his clothes and talking to him. Gang ordered the two scientists out of the room at gunpoint (who run to call the police), then fired two bullets into Bob’s head. To ensure Chris and Chan are dead, he plugged more bullets into them.

    Gang then left and crossed 2 streets while reloading, and entered another building, going to the second floor. He confronted Miya Sioson, a young student working as a temp for Vice-President for Academic Affairs T. Anne Cleary (who denied his scholarship appeal). Miya called Anne out of her office and Gang raised the gun and shot her in the face. Miya began standing up when Gang turned and fired on her. The bullet tore through her mouth and spinal cord. He reloaded and climbed to the top of the stairs and heard the shouts from the police. He entered an empty conference room and shot himself, 12 minutes after firing the first shot. He had shot 6 intelligent & productive people, killing 5, and left Miya a quadriplegic (she died in late 2008).

    Dwight had always been an inspiration for me to write, but these killings combined with a cerebral hemorrhage I had experienced over 6 years before paralyzed my ability to write or speak of them for almost almost 5 years. When I finally developed the courage to speak of them a few years later, I half-expected to break down and cry on the podium. I did not, and the experience helped me to start writing again.

    In the last 17 years since I have published 11 books and a number of articles. I only write for popular scientific audiences now. But I will never forget Dwight & Bob & Chris, 3 top physicists at UI whose productive lives were snuffed out in their prime.

    BIO: Crockett Grabbe received a PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech in 1978, after receiving his BS with Highest Honors & his MA at University of Texas. He just published the Expanded Edition of “Anatomy of Mass Murders”.
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