In my last post I promised to tell you what my group was doing Here you go . . .
This week we went back to a summer practice and did a Pick 6. A Pick 6 prompt involves three sets of six. I have three members shake the dice to get a pick. This week these our choices after the dice rolls. My group finds this a fun way to respond to a prompt and I include a response from one of our members. After we share our responses one or more are selected to be posted on our website: writeonetheedgeyuma.com. Go there for more from this prompt.
You are tending to your own business when a
Dice roll one- was 4, the Loch Ness monster
it stops you. This unproven being asks
Dice roll two – was 5, if you can help it find a lost glorg
You have no clue what the being wants, so you counter with:
Dice roll three – was 6, leading it to the nearest police officer
Now show the encounter”
A thunderous roar pierced the
air. The earth opened up in a
yawning chasm. Shuddering into
my ear. the noise exploded:
“DOM! GLORG! SOCORRO!”
A slimy, fur encrusted paw
grasped my arm. Terrified,
I tugged on the creature,
crawling toward the surprisingly
comforting blue light of a police cruiser
By Jeannie Browning
After the prompt we went to the latest Writer’s Digest issue: March/April 2015 for a closer look and discussion on some of the articles in it. We appreciated the short article “Story Booster :Know Your Antagonist”. It showed a great list of nasty antagonists from books we recognized.
We then had lively give and take about the article “Straight up Nonfiction With a Twist” a big focus was the one about using scene and dialogue. I addressed one of our members who is writing a nonfiction book and asked if it was his intention to use some stories from his years as a purchasing agent. We plans too and having read some of his anecdotes I know they will bring smiles, chuckles and even guffaws as he relates his with humor.
We ended our session with a critique of something a member is working on. He felt happy with the suggestions. The most heated area came about when the two spaces after a period came up. Some are still fighting it.
Any of my followers thinking about doing an audio book or have thought on them in general.
There is always more room for hints on inspiration.
I am happy with my writing group. I think, especially for the new writer and aspiring author it is a necessity. Of course, like any group sometimes finding the right one, takes some investigating. It also is tied to a writer’s need.
Some writing groups are specialized they may want only writers of a certain genre maybe mystery or romance, some want only published authors, some just do critique or there are those like our group who are generalized. We welcome those new to writing or published authors.
Being generalized means no matter what one is writing from poetry to paranormal romance they may join us.
Our meetings have a process. We share any news about our writing or publishing and the writing and publishing industry. We then spend ten minutes writing from a prompt then share what we’ve written. Following that we have a presentation about something in the writing or publishing industry or maybe a technology segment if we need help with our writing programs or how to use Facebook or other social media sites. We reserve the last thirty minutes for critique. Any one person may submit two to three pages for critique by the entire group.
We do offer critique and editing on a wider basis. Within the group any writer may ask other members to critique all or part of a piece they have written. I have critiqued poems, magazine articles and entire books for those in my group.
I am contemplating a slight change in my blog. I feel I’ve emphasized the importance of having a writing group, how to find or start one and what a group can do for you. Going forward I plan on reporting what my group Write On The Edge does each week. What individual members have accomplished what our prompt of the week was and I will include my favorite in the blog.
We all find inspiration in those moments I have two I can think of one is in the car on a long trip. the other is working in my flower garden
I haven’t posted for sometime and I keep telling myself I need too. Last night I laid in bed thinking about topics I could expound on and wonders of wonders some even occurred to me.
At our regular Tuesday meeting we were looking at practical points of self-editing when I was searching for material to share I came across a site that looks great. http://changeitupediting.com. The person who runs the site Candace Johnson present herself on the site this way: Welcome to Change It Up Editing and Writing Services! I’m Candace Johnson, the entire team at Change It Up Editing and Writing Services. Yes, I believe in personal attention for my authors, and if you read the comments on the Testimonials page, I believe you’ll get a good sense of just how important that personal interaction is to me as well as to the success of every project I edit.
If you need some editing help check her site out.
I also came across www.dictionary.com which is a good place to go for word definitions. You can sign up for the word of the day and you’ll get some interesting ones.
Another favorite sight for finding that elusive synonym is wordweb.com. I use it constantly when I’m writing.
Another helpful aid is this one showing all the possibilities for blue eyes. It’s quite amazing what a writing group can do to help you in writing. This is just a little of what our group has done.