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    RATS! Writing & Dreams & COVID-19

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 75 comments
    Aug
    1

    Discussion questions:  Have you been having strange dreams since COVID-19 came along and created all this uncertainty in our lives? Do your dreams ever lead to new writing, or even appear in your writing? What’s the most bizarre and/or vivid dream you’ve ever had? Let’s talk in the comments about the connection between dreams and writing. read more

    Reading & Writing Burnout

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 34 comments
    Jul
    25

    Discussion questions: Does your working life consist of a lot of reading and writing, and if so, how does that impact your literary life? Do you sometimes find it difficult to read and/or write for pleasure after a long day of doing those things for work? Does technology have a similar impact on your ability to read and write for pleasure? How do we combat these things?

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    Writing & Reading Goals 2020: 50-Yard Line

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 38 comments
    Jul
    4

    Discussion questions: Are you on pace to hit the 2020 writing and reading goals you laid out at the beginning of the year? In what ways has the COVID-19 situation affected, or even altered, your goals and your approach? What’s your plan for the rest of the year, reading- and writing-wise? What are the biggest roadblocks in your way? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr 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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr 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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    Why Do You Want to Publish a Book?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr 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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr 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

    Can Creativity Be Forced?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr 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

    Writing & Reading Goals 2020: Quarter-Pole Check-In

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
    Mar
    7

    Discussion questions: One-quarter of the way through 2020, are you one-quarter of the way toward achieving your 2020 writing and reading goals? If you left yours in the comments of this New Year’s post, take a minute to revisit and assess. If you didn’t, feel free to talk more generally. Are you happy with your writing so far this year, quantity and/or quality? Have you changed your approach in any way? Should you? Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Opening Your Fiction With Dialogue

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 104 comments
    Feb
    29

    Discussion questions: As a reader, do you like when the first line of a novel or short story is dialogue? Why or why not? Do any particularly good examples jump out at you? Have you ever used that tactic in your own fiction? Feel free to copy/paste examples in the comments. read more

    Writing Is Rewriting Is Rewriting Is Rewriting

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 63 comments
    Feb
    8

    Discussion questions: What is your approach to rewriting and revision? Do you buy into the whole “Ninety percent of writing is rewriting” thing? Why or why not? Do you have a good example of a passage from your own work that you’ve changed so much, it barely resembles the original? If so, copy/paste the various versions in the comments below, and detail, if you’d like, its evolution. read more

    Multiple Books & Writing Projects

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 54 comments
    Feb
    1

    Discussion questions: Do you ever work on multiple writing projects at once? What are your strategies for keeping them separate, from letting one affect the other? How often do you read multiple books at once, and same question: How are you able to keep them separate? read more




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