April 8th Meeting – Party and More

Traditionally, the April meeting is WARA’s anniversary. We will share whatever treats our members bring, some memories, member updates, and just enjoy each other!

This month’s writing craft discussion will center around Beginning to Write. We will talk about using Dialogue, Internalization, Narration, adding Sensory Details, and showing Body Language. There will be some basic handouts. Bring your own thoughts on the subjects and experiences.

The writing exercises for this month are:

WORDS: fog – lime green – confused – rose – ear

PROMPT: Think about your favorite place and describe it using sensory descriptions.

Starla

March 11th Meeting – Digging Deeper

Our writing craft focus this month will be on Digging Deeper. We will discuss understanding goal, motivation, and conflict; using a GMC Template; how to use Point of View; when and why to use subplots; plotting basics; using a Novel Outline Template; using effective hooks; turning points; and understanding scenes and sequels.

If you have information you want to share as handouts/printouts on any of the above subjects, add them…or send them to me and I will add them for you.

Be sure to bring any issues you’re having on a current writing project. We are here to help each other.

if you want to try a writing challenge, again, these are the March items. You can use any/all of the words in a sentence, a scene, a short story. Or you can try your hand at the writing prompt.

WORDS: snow – sky blue – cautious – cactus – foot

PROMPT: Write from the viewpoint of a cactus – what’s it like to live in the dessert or have a “prickly personality.”

Starla

Feb 11th Meeting – Developing…

The February 11th meeting will take place in its new location, see the side column for the address.

This is Valentine’s Day month, so we will, of course, be celebrating with CHOCOLATE! As Louise already said, bring your favorite and bring some to share. Candy, cake, whatever works. Anything chocolate works for me.

Our craft focus this month will be on Developing: An Idea, Characters, and Settings. I have added the handouts to the Resources section. These are what I use in the two writing classes I teach. But I know there are so many more thoughts on the subjects. Please share yours with us. If you have information you want to share as handouts/printouts, add them…or send them to me and I will add them for you.

Be sure to bring any issues you’re having on a current writing project. We are here to help each other.

Also, if you want to try a writing challenge, again, these are what I used in my February writing classes. You can use any/all of the words in a sentence, a scene, a short story. Or you can try your hand at the writing prompt.

WORDS: lightning – peach – surprised – pine tree – knee

PROMPT: Write about the first time you held someone’s hand.

Starla

Helpful Tips

Well, gang, I’ve been forwarding some of the better tidbits I get through posts I’ve stumbled across or subscribed to without remembering I did. So, rather than force you to wait for me to forward or download things, I decided to try to corral them in one place so you can investigate and choose which ones you prefer. I will still bring some pieces I find extremely helpful to the meetings, but for now, I will open the corral gate for you. I’ll add more as they catch me.

https://www.livewritethrive.com/https://www.livewritethrive.com/ (the s after http indicates a secure site): C.S. Lakin, a woman like us, who offers a free email course on getting your book noticed, as well as other “how to write” books. However, if the articles she publishes on her blog are any indication, the books might be worth the price.

https://www.bookbaby.com/ Yes, they are a self-publishing company, but they have good (free) information if you weed through their blog. Don’t we all have something to sell?

http://www.winnersbychoice.com/ Dale Smith Thomas is a kick-in-the-pants speaker I heard at a recreation conference. She energized our group. When she was a college freshman, her first name got her assigned to an all-male dorm. Called into the office so the college could apologize for the mix-up, she told them she was praising Jesus because she thought that was the way her mother’s prayers for a husband for her would be answered. She does a weekly newsletter called Motivational Mondays. This week, she quoted a letter from Richard Branson. You know, the uber-rich entrepreneur? He says: Happiness is not about doing, it’s about being… Don’t forget the to-do list, but remember to write a to-be list too…There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings.

Let’s write this month. Or at least think about writing. But let’s not forget to just be.

Kathy Pritchett

Jan 14 Meeting – Re-firing

A friend of mine, a director for a local senior center, hates the word “retirement.” She prefers the term “re-firing.” The former word implies withdrawal from an active working life. The latter is more of changing that former life into something new.

The WARA group struggled the past year with the question of whether or not to stay in existence. Was there really a need for the group?

After much discussion, we decided “yes” there is a need for the group. Maybe not in the original form, but in a modified form that meets the desires for something useful to the current members.

As part of our “re-firing” effort, we will have a monthly focus on a particular aspect of the writing craft. There will be discussions on how that relates to each of our writers. We will share our experiences on the focus subject, as well as our concerns with struggling in some manner. We will offer education and support.

Additionally, we have lowered the annual dues to $10 because our expenses are minimal at this time. We are also changing to a new location for the meetings. See the address listed on the home page.

Check out the Meetings list to see the proposed schedule of focus programs for 2018.

Starla Criser

Sept 10 Meeting – Brainstorming and More

Join us at our regular meeting place at Sheridan Village, 3-5 pm.

Brainstorming:  Feel free to bring something on which you want feedback: first chapter, chapter where it all falls apart, plot twist, character that won’t behave. We’ll see what we can do to brainstorm you through it.

Writing Prompt: Come up with something that interests you to write briefly about.

OR …Imagine you are in your house and water is rising around it. You may have a half hour or a half day before it rises to the top of the ceiling of the highest room. What do you do? What do you gather? What steps do you take to get to safety?