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    Pandemic Reading: What Are You Reaching For?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in CoronaVirus     Comments 37 comments
    Mar
    21

    Discussion question: What are you reading during this pandemic? read more

    Pandemic Writing: What Are You Working On?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in CoronaVirus     Comments 25 comments
    Mar
    21

    Discussion question: What are you writing during this pandemic? read more

    Pandemic: General Discussion

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in CoronaVirus     Comments 25 comments
    Mar
    21

     

    Discussion question: No question. Just talk about whatever you want to talk about. read more

    Pandemic Writing 2: HOW Are You Writing?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in CoronaVirus     Comments 22 comments
    Mar
    21

    Discussion questions: How is this pandemic affecting your writing life? If you’re under a shelter-in-place order, is the extra time at home translating to an increase in writing output? How is it affecting your mental approach to writing? Your physical approach? Your schedule? If you’re not yet under lockdown, how are you planning to handle it when it does come? read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: They Lived and Laughed and Loved and Left

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 110 comments
    Mar
    14

    Discussion questions: In fifty (50) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “They lived and laughed and loved and left.” Write or paste your story into the comments. The winner will get his/her choice of books from the WriteByNight library. read more

    Writing & Reading Goals 2020: Quarter-Pole Check-In

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

    Discussion questions: One-quarter of the way through 2020, are you one-quarter of the way toward achieving your 2020 writing and reading goals? If you left yours in the comments of this New Year’s post, take a minute to revisit and assess. If you didn’t, feel free to talk more generally. Are you happy with your writing so far this year, quantity and/or quality? Have you changed your approach in any way? Should you? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Opening Your Fiction With Dialogue

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 104 comments
    Feb
    29

    Discussion questions: As a reader, do you like when the first line of a novel or short story is dialogue? Why or why not? Do any particularly good examples jump out at you? Have you ever used that tactic in your own fiction? Feel free to copy/paste examples in the comments. read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: I Wrote Till My Heart Broke

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 74 comments
    Feb
    15

    Discussion questions: In fifty (50) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “I wrote till my heart broke.” Write or paste your story into the comments. The winner will get his/her choice of books from the WriteByNight library. read more

    Writing Is Rewriting Is Rewriting Is Rewriting

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 63 comments
    Feb
    8

    Discussion questions: What is your approach to rewriting and revision? Do you buy into the whole “Ninety percent of writing is rewriting” thing? Why or why not? Do you have a good example of a passage from your own work that you’ve changed so much, it barely resembles the original? If so, copy/paste the various versions in the comments below, and detail, if you’d like, its evolution. read more

    Multiple Books & Writing Projects

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 54 comments
    Feb
    1

    Discussion questions: Do you ever work on multiple writing projects at once? What are your strategies for keeping them separate, from letting one affect the other? How often do you read multiple books at once, and same question: How are you able to keep them separate? read more

    Try to Be Funny, Don’t Suck

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 31 comments
    Jan
    25

    Discussion questions: George Saunders’ recent Paris Review interview left me with a lot to think about, and maybe it can do the same for you. I’ve stolen from it and listed them below. Do any of them speak to you and make you think about your own writing? In what ways? Let’s talk about it in the comments.  read more

    The Furniture of Your Mind

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
    Jan
    11

    Discussion questions: Who are some writers that shape your life, shape how you move through the world and “the particular angles of [your] seeing”? What books have “become part of the furniture” of your mind? read more




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