• Mistreating Your Characters

    By on May 25, 2019 Posted in Character     Comments 42 comments

    Discussion questions: What is the worst thing you’ve ever done to one of your fictional characters? What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen another writer do to one of his/her fictional characters? And why do you think conflict and obstacles are so important in fiction? read more

    Let’s Talk About Our Writing Fears

    By on May 18, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 74 comments

    Discussion questions: As a writer, what are your biggest fears? Where do they come from; how do they manifest; how do you combat them? Do you try to hide from them, or do you face them? Can fear be used as a tool? Do you have anyone to share your fears with? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Inserting Yourself into a Book

    By on May 11, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 31 comments

    Discussion question: If you could become a character from any work of fiction and live his or her life, who would you choose and why? Or, if you prefer, if you could insert yourself, as yourself, into a novel or a short story and live in that world, what novel/story would you choose and why? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Do You Have a Writer Friend to Turn To?

    By on May 4, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 44 comments

    Discussion question: When you’re full of anxious fears and frustrations about your writing, do you have a writing friend to turn to? Someone you can text or email or call who can offer not only encouragement and support but real understanding? Tell us about him or her in the comments. What does a typical conversation look like? What do you get out of it, and what does he/she get out of it?

    If you don’t have a writer friend to turn to, do you want one? Or do you feel better off going it alone?

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    Your Pre-Writing Rituals

    By on April 27, 2019 Posted in Strategies     Comments 26 comments

    Discussion questions: Do you have any rituals, whether mental or physical, to get yourself into the writing headspace? Or to keep yourself there, once begun? If so, how do they help? Let us know in the comments. read more

    On Annoying Trends in Linearity and POV

    By on April 13, 2019 Posted in Dos & Don'ts     Comments 33 comments

    Discussion questions: As a reader, do you enjoy fiction with non-linear narratives and/or multiple points of view? And/or novels that switch between first- and third-person perspective? Why or why not? As a writer, how do you choose your approach regarding linearity and perspective? Have you ever written non-linear fiction, or a story or novel that employs multiple points of view? What do you see as the benefits and the potential pitfalls? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Packing an Emotional Punch in Your Writing

    By on April 7, 2019 Posted in Inspiration     Comments 19 comments

    Discussion questions: Who are some writers whose work elicits a strong emotional response from you? Is that a feeling you enjoy? What types of emotions, if any, do you hope for when you read a book? And as a writer, do you aim to elicit similar emotional responses from your readers? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Quarter Pole Check-in

    By on March 31, 2019 Posted in Inspiration     Comments 36 comments

    Discussion questions: One-fourth of the way through 2019, are you one-fourth of the way (or further) toward hitting your 2019 writing and reading goals? If so, congrats! If not, why not? Have your goals changed? Has your approach changed? What do you hope for from the rest of 2019? Share your progress with us in the comments below. read more

    Drinking While Writing

    By on March 23, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 38 comments

    Discussion questions: What’s your take on “Write drunk, edit sober”? Do you drink or use drugs while writing? If so, how does it influence your work, your process, or your approach? If you don’t, why don’t you? If you used to drink while writing, why did you stop? Let us know in the comments. Use a fake name if you’d prefer. read more

    “I Am a Writer!” Your Aha Moment

    By on March 17, 2019 Posted in Inspiration     Comments 39 comments

    Discussion questions: Do you remember your “aha moment” as a writer? The moment where you realized, for the first time, or acknowledged to yourself for the first time, that you are a writer, and that writing will play a prominent role in your life? Or are you still waiting on it? Tell us about it below. read more

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