• Your Winter Writing Approach & Goals

    By on December 7, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 38 comments
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    7

     

    Discussion questions: What are your writing goals this winter, and/or for the rest of 2019? How does your writing approach change when the snow flies and the wind blows and the sun starts going down at &^(*&^# lunchtime? If you’re susceptible to the winters blues, how do you avoid the winter writing blues? read more

    Your Internal Critic at Its Worst

    By on November 23, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 46 comments
    Nov
    23

    Discussion questions: What is the worst thing your internal critic tells you? That one most abusive piece of negative self-talk, the one he/she knows will make you want to give up and never write again? Let us know in the comments.

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    Your Inspirational Writing Quote

    By on November 9, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 75 comments
    Nov
    9

    Discussion questions: If a struggling writer sought a list of inspirational writing quotes and you were on that list, what would be your quote? And in what way(s) does your quote shed light on your approach to your own work? Is there a favorite inspirational writing quote you turn to, or try to keep in mind, when you’re struggling? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Great Beginnings: Opioid, Indiana

    By on November 2, 2019 Posted in Great Beginnings     Comments 32 comments
    Nov
    2

    Discussion questions: Does the opening paragraph of Brian Allen Carr’s Opioid, Indiana (below) make you want to read further? Why or why not? What kind of opening lines grab you, and what kind immediately turn you off? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    The Best Passage You’ve Written in 2019

    By on October 26, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 67 comments
    Oct
    26

    Discussion questions: What is the best passage you’ve written this year? From fiction to non, poetry to screenplay, even text message or email, have you written anything this year that has made you sit back for a moment and think, “Wow, I’m a talented writer!” And, most importantly, are you willing to share it with us? If so, copy/paste it in the comments below. Provide some context if it’ll help, or let your words speak for themselves. read more

    Your Current No. 1 Writing Obstacle

    By on October 19, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 52 comments
    Oct
    19

    Discussion questions: What is currently the most prominent obstacle standing between you and your writing goal(s)? Let us know below. read more

    Micro Fiction Challenge: Scared to Death

    By on October 12, 2019 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 68 comments
    Oct
    12

    Discussion questions: In fifty (50) words or fewer, write a spooky scene or story that includes the phrase “scared to death.” Write or paste your story into the comments. The winner will get a free classic horror novel of his/her choice, courtesy of WriteByNight. read more

    The Perils of Recommending a Beloved Book

    By on October 5, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 93 comments
    Oct
    5

    Discussion questions: When you recommend a book you love, do you in some ways feel like you’re recommending yourself for approval or disapproval? Are you hesitant to recommend a beloved book, or do you do so without a second thought? How do you feel when the person you’ve recommended it to loves it? Hates it? Is indifferent, or doesn’t even read the damn thing? What is your best experience of recommending a beloved book? Your worst? Tell us about them below. read more

    I Haven’t Written a Word in Six Weeks

    By on September 28, 2019 Posted in Inspiration     Comments 52 comments
    Sep
    28

    Discussion questions: Are you, like me, in a writing lull? What activities have you prioritized over your writing lately? Make a list, like I do below. How do you feel about those decisions? How will you make changes, if necessary? Do you find that your writing time is affected by the seasons? (i.e., do you, like me, write much less in the summer because you’re outside runnin’ around?) Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Micro Fiction Challenge: Dark & Stormy

    By on September 14, 2019 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 151 comments
    Sep
    14

    Discussion questions: In fifty (50) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “a dark and stormy night.” Write or paste your story into the comments. The winner will get a free book, courtesy of WriteByNight. read more


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