• The Best Passage You’ve Written in 2020 (So Far)

    By on June 27, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 110 comments
    Jun
    27

    Discussion questions: What is the best thing you’ve written this year? A line or passage that made you sit back and think, “Wow, I’m a talented writer!” And are you willing to share it with us? If so, copy/paste it in the comments below. Provide some context if you want, or let your words speak for themselves. Fiction or non, poetry or screenplay, even text message or email, let’s see an example of your best work of 2020.

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    My Monday-Morning Quarterback is an A**hole

    By on June 20, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 52 comments
    Jun
    20

    Discussion questions: There are many more at the bottom of this unfocused, winding post, but here are a few: Do you ever feel exhilarated during and/or after a writing session only to crash hard the next day? Do you read your WIP as you go, or do you forge ahead without looking back? Do you like to write? What’s the worst thing your internal critic tells you?

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    Protests & Pandemic: General Discussion

    By on June 6, 2020 Posted in CoronaVirus     Comments 37 comments
    Jun
    6

    Discussion questions: No specific questions, although there are a few suggestions below. I want this to be a space where we can keep in touch with each other during this unsettling time and talk about whatever we want to talk about, whether related to the protests, the pandemic, our writing, or none of the above. read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: Take Your Accordion and Buzz Off

    By on May 30, 2020 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 63 comments
    May
    30

    Discussion questions: Using fifty words or fewer, write a short story or scene that begins with the line “Take your accordion and buzz off” and ends with “I should think so.” Write or past your story into the comments. read more

    Why Do You Want to Publish a Book?

    By on May 23, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 73 comments
    May
    23

    Discussion questions: Why do you want to write a book? Why do you want to publish a book? Between process (writing) and product (publication), which is more important to you, and why? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Recommended Reads: One-Sitting Books

    By on May 9, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 86 comments
    May
    9

    Discussion questions: What are some of your favorite one-sitting books? What do you find appealing about one-sitting books? Have you ever written one? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Micro Fiction Contest: “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt”

    By on May 2, 2020 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 129 comments
    May
    2

    Discussion questions: In one hundred (100) words or fewer, write a scene or story that includes the phrase “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.” Write or paste your story into the comments.

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    Can Creativity Be Forced?

    By on April 25, 2020 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 61 comments
    Apr
    25

    Discussion questions: Do you ever try to force creativity, and does it ever work? Can movement and/or a change of scenery help you? What methods do you have for clearing the mental clutter? Let’s talk about creativity — and ways to foster it — in the comments. read more

    Pandemic: Creativity During COVID-19

    By on April 18, 2020 Posted in CoronaVirus     Comments 30 comments
    Apr
    18

    Discussion question: During this CoronaVirus pandemic and stay-at-home reality, are you finding new ways to be creative, or are the old ways still working? (Or both?) Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Pandemic: Will You Change as a Writer? As a Person?

    By on Posted in CoronaVirus     Comments 18 comments
    Apr
    18

    Discussion questions: How will the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home reality change you as a writer? How about as a person? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more


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