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    Prompt: “All sorrows can be borne”

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 14 comments
    Mar
    19

     

    Writing Prompt: Write a response to the following line from Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen): “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.” If you’d like to share — and we hope you will! — post it in the comments below.

     

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    Your Best 2021 Writing Experience

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 23 comments
    Feb
    19

     

    Discussion question: What was your best 2021 writing experience? That one particular day when every word was the right word? That time the walls came down and you wrote your way through a problem that had been nagging at you for months or years? Or when your writing and the environment in which you wrote combined to form a memorable experience? Let us hear about it in the comments.

     

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    Your Best 2021 Reading Experience

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 31 comments
    Jan
    22

     

     

    Discussion question: What was your best 2021 reading experience? When timing, environment, and the book itself came together in a memorable way? read more

    Prompt: In 2021, I; In 2022, I

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 49 comments
    Jan
    1

     

     

    Writing Prompt: Fill in the blanks: “In 2021 I ______” and “In 2022 I ______.” Your responses do not have to be about writing & reading! Take it where you want it to go; let it take you wherever it wants you to go. read more

    The Writer’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 37 comments
    Dec
    18

     

     

    Discussion question: Help us build the writer’s ultimate holiday gift guide. What are the best literary gifts you’ve ever given or received? 

     

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    Prompt: Hurts, Hearts, Keep Going

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 28 comments
    Dec
    4

     

     

    Discussion question: This week we welcome two new writing coaches! For a prompt, write a response to one of the following pieces of writing advice offered by Tariq and Darcie: 1) Write what hurts most; 2) Keep going; 3) Ask yourself what the story is doing in the reader’s heart.

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    Prompt: All the Places You’ve Written

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 26 comments
    Nov
    13

     

     

    Discussion questions: This week I want us to take a look at some of the memorable places we’ve written, whether they’re former favorite writing spots or one-time stolen moments during our travels, or even during our everyday lives. Write about the places you’ve written! And like last time, feel free to share a photo. read more

    Prompt: Your Writing Space

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 48 comments
    Oct
    30

     

     

    Discussion question: This week’s post is a simple prompt: Write about your writing space. And share a photo with us!

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    Prompt: Your Last 10 Words

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 42 comments
    Oct
    3

    Discussion questions: Not a question, but write a story or poem or *something* using the last five to ten words you’ve looked up on your dictionary app or online or, if you can remember, in your actual dictionary. (If you don’t have such a log, you can use my words.) Also, share with us why you looked up these words, if there’s an interesting reason.

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    Is a Novel “Written By” Its Narrator?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 32 comments
    Sep
    4

     

    Discussion questions: My writer friend operates under the premise that any novel he reads is a book written and published by its (fictitious) narrator. What he wants to know is: “Am I really the only one who thinks this shit?” So, is he? What’s your take on novels or stories as being the written product of their narrators?

     

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    Writing Out of Sequence

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
    Aug
    7

     

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    Discussion questions: Have you ever written a book, or even something shorter, out of sequence? Why does it work for you? What are the pros, what are the drawbacks? Do you find it difficult to maintain story/character consistency, and if so, how do you address that?

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    Where/How Do You Find New Books to Read?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 28 comments
    Jul
    17

     

     

    Discussion questions: Where and how do you find new books to read? And what are you reading now? Do you have any new titles to recommend? read more




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