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    The Furniture of Your Mind

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
    Jan
    11

    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

    Your 2020 Writing Goals

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 36 comments
    Dec
    28

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 35 comments
    Dec
    21

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 39 comments
    Dec
    14

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 60 comments
    Dec
    7

     

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 46 comments
    Nov
    23

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 75 comments
    Nov
    9

    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

    The Best Passage You’ve Written in 2019

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 67 comments
    Oct
    26

    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

    Your Current No. 1 Writing Obstacle

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 52 comments
    Oct
    19

    Discussion questions: What is currently the most prominent obstacle standing between you and your writing goal(s)? Let us know below. read more

    The Perils of Recommending a Beloved Book

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 93 comments
    Oct
    5

    Discussion questions: When you recommend a book you love, do you in some ways feel like you’re recommending yourself for approval or disapproval? Are you hesitant to recommend a beloved book, or do you do so without a second thought? How do you feel when the person you’ve recommended it to loves it? Hates it? Is indifferent, or doesn’t even read the damn thing? What is your best experience of recommending a beloved book? Your worst? Tell us about them below. read more

    I Haven’t Written a Word in Six Weeks

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Inspiration     Comments 52 comments
    Sep
    28

    Discussion questions: Are you, like me, in a writing lull? What activities have you prioritized over your writing lately? Make a list, like I do below. How do you feel about those decisions? How will you make changes, if necessary? Do you find that your writing time is affected by the seasons? (i.e., do you, like me, write much less in the summer because you’re outside runnin’ around?) Let’s talk about it in the comments. read more

    Why Do We Adults Read Books Intended For Kids?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 47 comments
    Sep
    7

    Discussion questions: How often do you read YA, middle-grade, or younger books? What do you get from them that you maybe don’t get from books intended for adults? Do you feel self-conscious reading such books in public, or do you let your flag fly? Let’s talk about it in the comments below. read more




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