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    Prompt: Your Last 10 Words

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 37 comments
    Oct
    3

    Discussion questions: Not a question, but write a story or poem or *something* using the last five to ten words you’ve looked up on your dictionary app or online or, if you can remember, in your actual dictionary. (If you don’t have such a log, you can use my words.) Also, share with us why you looked up these words, if there’s an interesting reason.

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    Is a Novel “Written By” Its Narrator?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 32 comments
    Sep
    4

     

    Discussion questions: My writer friend operates under the premise that any novel he reads is a book written and published by its (fictitious) narrator. What he wants to know is: “Am I really the only one who thinks this shit?” So, is he? What’s your take on novels or stories as being the written product of their narrators?

     

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    Writing Out of Sequence

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

     

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    Discussion questions: Have you ever written a book, or even something shorter, out of sequence? Why does it work for you? What are the pros, what are the drawbacks? Do you find it difficult to maintain story/character consistency, and if so, how do you address that?

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    Where/How Do You Find New Books to Read?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 28 comments
    Jul
    17

     

     

    Discussion questions: Where and how do you find new books to read? And what are you reading now? Do you have any new titles to recommend? read more

    How Do You Self-Sabotage?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 47 comments
    Jun
    5

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    Discussion questions: In what way(s) do you self-sabotage as a writer? How do you avoid self-sabotage? Those times when you can’t manage to avoid it, how do you set yourself right again? read more

    When Does Your Internal Critic Take the Field?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 23 comments
    May
    22

     

    Discussion questions: Is your internal critic a Sunday quarterback or a Monday-morning quarterback? Does he/she/it try to prevent you from writing at all (Sunday), or does he/she/it allow you to write because he/she/it enjoys making you tear yourself down afterwards (Monday)?

    If you could change your internal critic’s workday from Sunday to Monday or vice versa, would you?

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    Epitaphs, Funeral Readings & Deathbed Books

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 27 comments
    May
    1

    Discussion questions: Let’s get morbid this week! What would you want to be the epitaph on your tombstone? What would you want read aloud at your funeral? What would be your deathbed book? Let’s talk about it in the comments… while there’s still time!

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    Contest: Kill Flannery’s Darlings

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 30 comments
    Apr
    24

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    Discussion questions: See the bottom of the post for a fun competition where you’re going to cut to 50 words a 91-word passage from “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” For a more personal exercise, take something short you’re working on — a story, a chapter, an essay — and cut it in half. Let us know the results. How difficult was it on a 1-10 scale? In what ways does the piece benefit and in what ways does it suffer? Describe for us your typical editorial approach.

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    How Do You Hook A Reader?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 61 comments
    Apr
    10

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    Discussion questions: As a reader, how does a writer hook you within the first few lines of a book or story? As a writer, how do you hook a reader with your opening? Share the best opening you’ve ever written, or share one you’re currently struggling with (and tell us what the struggle is). And don’t be afraid to comment on another writer’s opening! Does it make you want to read more?

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    Must Your Characters Be Likeable?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 66 comments
    Apr
    3

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    Discussion questions: Should fiction writers create only characters that readers will like? If we write unlikeable characters, does it mean we’re writing unlikeable books or stories? As a reader, do you need to like a character in order to enjoy a book? Can you relate to or identify with an unlikeable character and therefore still enjoy the book? Do you even prefer unlikeable characters? Let’s talk about it in the comment.

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    Author Biographies: Yea or Nay?

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 44 comments
    Mar
    20

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    Discussion questions: Do you read biographies of your favorite authors? What do you get out of them as a reader? What do you get out of them as a writer? Do you have a favorite? If you (like me) don’t read author bios, why not? If you had to read one, which writer would you choose? If someone wrote your biography, what would you want its title to be?! In the comments below, let us know all of this and whatever else is on your mind.  read more

    5 Reasons for Publishing Your Writing

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in ABCs of Writing     Comments 50 comments
    Mar
    13

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    Discussion questions: What are some of the factors that motivate you toward publishing your writing? read more




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