• Random Thoughts About Reading & Death

    By on July 13, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 59 comments

    Discussion questions: Are there any writers whose bibliographies intimidate you, and why? Are there any writers whose entire bibliographies you’ve read?

    How much of your reading consists of rereading? What do you get out of rereading books?

    What percentage of your reading would you say comes from a sense of obligation, a “should,” rather than desire? Where do you think that “should” comes from? read more

    You & Your Library

    By on July 6, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 60 comments

    Discussion questions: What is your current relationship with libraries? What is your past experience with libraries? Do you have a favorite library memory?

    How far are you from a library? What is the best feature of your local/nearest library? The worst? read more

    Micro Fiction Challenge: The Plane to Lisbon

    By on June 22, 2019 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 113 comments

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

    Learning to Handle Harsh Criticism

    By on June 15, 2019 Posted in Strategies     Comments 75 comments

    Discussion questions: What is the harshest external criticism of your writing you’ve ever received, either in public or in private? What was your external reaction, and what was your internal response? How did you move on from it? Does it still bother you? read more

    Looking for New (and Long!) Reads

    By on June 8, 2019 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 26 comments

    Discussion question: What have you been reading lately? What book(s) have you been recommending to friends and family? What’s your favorite long (say 400+ pages) classic? read more

    Mistreating Yourself

    By on June 1, 2019 Posted in Strategies     Comments 27 comments

    Discussion question: Are you prone to emotional and/or physical malaise as a result of writing? Does it affect you during your writing sessions, after, or both? How do you mitigate these effects, and how do you recover from them? Do you recall a particularly difficult example? Let us know in the comments. read more

    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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