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    RATS! Writing & Dreams & COVID-19

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 75 comments
    Aug
    1

    Discussion questions:  Have you been having strange dreams since COVID-19 came along and created all this uncertainty in our lives? Do your dreams ever lead to new writing, or even appear in your writing? What’s the most bizarre and/or vivid dream you’ve ever had? Let’s talk in the comments about the connection between dreams and writing. read more

    Reading & Writing Burnout

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 34 comments
    Jul
    25

    Discussion questions: Does your working life consist of a lot of reading and writing, and if so, how does that impact your literary life? Do you sometimes find it difficult to read and/or write for pleasure after a long day of doing those things for work? Does technology have a similar impact on your ability to read and write for pleasure? How do we combat these things?

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    Micro Fiction Contest: You Shouldn’t Have Waited This Long

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 42 comments
    Jul
    11

    “You shouldn’t have waited this long… idiot”

     

    Discussion questions: Using fifty words or fewer, write a short story or scene that includes the line “You shouldn’t have waited this long.” Write or past your story (or stories — enter as many times as you wish!) into the comments. read more

    Writing & Reading Goals 2020: 50-Yard Line

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 38 comments
    Jul
    4

    Discussion questions: Are you on pace to hit the 2020 writing and reading goals you laid out at the beginning of the year? In what ways has the COVID-19 situation affected, or even altered, your goals and your approach? What’s your plan for the rest of the year, reading- and writing-wise? What are the biggest roadblocks in your way? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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    The Best Passage You’ve Written in 2020 (So Far)

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 110 comments
    Jun
    27

    Discussion questions: What is the best thing you’ve written this year? A line or passage that made you sit back and think, “Wow, I’m a talented writer!” And are you willing to share it with us? If so, copy/paste it in the comments below. Provide some context if you want, or let your words speak for themselves. Fiction or non, poetry or screenplay, even text message or email, let’s see an example of your best work of 2020.

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    My Monday-Morning Quarterback is an A**hole

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 52 comments
    Jun
    20

    Discussion questions: There are many more at the bottom of this unfocused, winding post, but here are a few: Do you ever feel exhilarated during and/or after a writing session only to crash hard the next day? Do you read your WIP as you go, or do you forge ahead without looking back? Do you like to write? What’s the worst thing your internal critic tells you?

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    Protests & Pandemic: General Discussion

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in CoronaVirus     Comments 37 comments
    Jun
    6

    Discussion questions: No specific questions, although there are a few suggestions below. I want this to be a space where we can keep in touch with each other during this unsettling time and talk about whatever we want to talk about, whether related to the protests, the pandemic, our writing, or none of the above. read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: Take Your Accordion and Buzz Off

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 63 comments
    May
    30

    Discussion questions: Using fifty words or fewer, write a short story or scene that begins with the line “Take your accordion and buzz off” and ends with “I should think so.” Write or past your story into the comments. read more

    Why Do You Want to Publish a Book?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 73 comments
    May
    23

    Discussion questions: Why do you want to write a book? Why do you want to publish a book? Between process (writing) and product (publication), which is more important to you, and why? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Recommended Reads: One-Sitting Books

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 86 comments
    May
    9

    Discussion questions: What are some of your favorite one-sitting books? What do you find appealing about one-sitting books? Have you ever written one? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt”

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 128 comments
    May
    2

    Discussion questions: In one hundred (100) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.” Write or paste your story into the comments.

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    Can Creativity Be Forced?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 61 comments
    Apr
    25

    Discussion questions: Do you ever try to force creativity, and does it ever work? Can movement and/or a change of scenery help you? What methods do you have for clearing the mental clutter? Let’s talk about creativity — and ways to foster it — in the comments. read more




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