By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Every month has it's own unique contributions enlisted as a part of its "story" just as every writer does.
This month I'm contributing a provoking "truth and tip" contribution to challenge you on your writing journey and engage you with some new ideas:
1) Truth: The month of May was named after the Greek goddess, Maia, of fertility
 Tip: Create a short list of five new words or ideas that move with your writing project and develop new thought formations that intrigue your reading audience.
Utilize a "Word Finder" or a Thesaurus to help in the quest and note their helpful differences:
A "Word Finder" provides a substitute word and also produces an augmentative word which enhances or contributes to the word.
"Word Finder" example of DARK - Perilous, haunted, mysteriously, impenetrably, creeping.
A Thesaurus enlists new word selections of a "word" bearing similar meaning.
"Thesaurus" example of DARK - Black, ebony, cloudy, sooty.
2) Truth: The emerald, symbolic of love and success, is the birthstone of May.
Tip: We all know what an emerald is. One word has the power to paint a visual picture in a reader's mind and foster a deeper attachment to it as a result. Look for vital word enhancements that engage the reader at a deeper level and utilize imagery concepts throughout your writing.
3) Truth: The Empire State Building officially opened its doors May 1, 1931.
Tip: Factual historical assertions can be invaluable in story placement and create a fixed time-table in the reader's mind. Such assertions can also promote a visible attachment to the reader propelling him deeper into a story.
Consider a few historical assertions and see what it does in you:
September 11, 2001 - Terrorist attacks.
John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963; presidential assasination in Dallas, Texas.
April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing.
In the writing of a story compose your timeline utilizing significant historical events to enhance a reader's attachment to it.
*Apply at least one new strategy to your writing this month and see where it takes you.
Favorite writing tip of the month:
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
-A. Chekhov