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    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

    Your Childhood Writing

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 30 comments
    Aug
    31

    Discussion questions: What were some of your formative childhood experiences with writing? What inspired you (if you remember!) to experiment with writing? Do you see any of your adult self in your juvenilia? If you could go back and give your childhood self one piece of writing advice, what would it be? Let us know in the comments. read more

    Ask Us Anything!

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 88 comments
    Aug
    17

    Discussion questions: This is a Reddit-style AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) where you’re invited to ask any writing- or non-writing-related questions of David and/or Justine — who we are, what we’re about, what kind of writing we do and why. Or about WriteByNight itself — how it was founded, its various iterations, why we do it, how we do it. Leave your questions in the comments below. 

    Note: We’re not taking requests for writing advice here. If you need some, we’d be glad to offer you a free consultation. Also, we reserve the right to ignore/remove anything we deem offensive. So it’s more like an “Ask Us (Almost) Anything”; or “Ask Us Anything (Within Reason).” read more

    Your High School Reading List

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 45 comments
    Jul
    27

    Discussion question: If you taught (or do teach!) high school English, what books (say up to five) would you assign your senior class, and why? What books do you remember reading for class in high school, and did any of them have any kind of significant impact on your life? Have you reread any of those books as an adult, and how did they hold up? read more

    Random Thoughts About Reading & Death

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 59 comments
    Jul
    13

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 60 comments
    Jul
    6

    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

    Learning to Handle Harsh Criticism

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Strategies     Comments 75 comments
    Jun
    15

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 26 comments
    Jun
    8

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Strategies     Comments 27 comments
    Jun
    1

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Character     Comments 42 comments
    May
    25

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 74 comments
    May
    18

    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

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 31 comments
    May
    11

    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




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