• Prompt: Hurts, Hearts, Keep Going

    By on December 4, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 8 comments
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    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

    By on November 13, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 19 comments
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    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

    By on October 30, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 46 comments
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    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

    By on October 3, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 37 comments
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    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?

    By on September 4, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 32 comments
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    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

    By on August 7, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
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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?

    By on July 17, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 28 comments
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    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

    Micro Fiction Contest: “These Pictures Were in Water-Colours”

    By on June 26, 2021 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 63 comments
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    Discussion question: Using fifty words or fewer, write a short story, scene, aphorism, snippet, etc., that includes the line “These pictures were in water-colours.” Write or past your story into the comments. read more

    How Do You Self-Sabotage?

    By on June 5, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 47 comments
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    Discussion questions: In what way(s) do you self-sabotage as a writer? How do you avoid self-sabotage? Those times when you can’t manage to avoid it, how do you set yourself right again? read more

    When Does Your Internal Critic Take the Field?

    By on May 22, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 23 comments
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    Discussion questions: Is your internal critic a Sunday quarterback or a Monday-morning quarterback? Does he/she/it try to prevent you from writing at all (Sunday), or does he/she/it allow you to write because he/she/it enjoys making you tear yourself down afterwards (Monday)?

    If you could change your internal critic’s workday from Sunday to Monday or vice versa, would you?

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