• The Furniture of Your Mind

    By on January 11, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments

    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

    Micro Fiction Contest: A Sad Tale’s Best For Winter

    By on January 4, 2020 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 120 comments

    Discussion questions: In fifty (50) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “a sad tale’s best for winter.” Write or paste your story into the comments. The winner will get his/her choice of books from the WriteByNight library. read more

    Your 2020 Writing Goals

    By on December 28, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 36 comments

    Discussion questions: What are your writing goals for 2020? Your reading goals? How will you achieve them? Do you plan to make any changes in your writing approach this coming year? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Your Favorite O’Nan of the Year

    By on December 21, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments

    Discussion questions: Tell me about your favorite 2019 reading experiences. Does a particular book stand out as the best you read this year? Or if not the best, your favorite? Do any reading moments come to mind, where you weren’t necessarily reading your favorite book of the year but still had a memorable experience? Let’s talk about your year in reading in the comments below. And if you’re looking forward to any particular book(s) in 2020, I wanna hear about that, too. read more

    Your Favorite Writing Moments of 2019

    By on December 14, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 39 comments

    Discussion questions: Tell me about your favorite 2019 writing experience. Did you have any memorable breakthroughs where your story, or even your entire book, came together? Or a moment where you realized you were creating the best writing you’re capable of? Is there a particular writing session that stands out as the most successful and/or most enjoyable? Did you receive any surprising feedback that made your day, week, month, or year?  read more

    Your Winter Writing Approach & Goals

    By on December 7, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 60 comments


    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

    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

    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 34 comments

    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

    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

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