The Business of Writing: Resources

During our latest meeting we talked a little about the business side of writing—where to submit your work, how to make sure a publisher or publication is legitimate, how to safeguard your work while seeking publication, etc. There were varying levels of experience with these concerns in the room and we’d like to dedicate a session or two to exploring the topic in depth, but here are a few resources that may come in handy in the meantime if you’re getting ready to send out your work. Poets & Writers Magazine maintains databases of journals, contests, small press publishers, and … Continue reading The Business of Writing: Resources

Minutes from Jan 23, 2019 Meeting

Hello Creative Writer, We are back! The new semester is now in full swing which means we will be having regular club meetings again. We went into this first meeting open to discussion, catching  up on how everyone spent their holidays and if any of that time had been devoted to writing or reading. It was nice to see everyone again and dive back into a new year of inspiration and motivation. The main topic of the meeting ended up being “What do we want?” What do we want to write, learn, discuss and gain from this group this year? … Continue reading Minutes from Jan 23, 2019 Meeting

Setting Writing Goals

Tis the season of resolutions…Why not set some that are specifically geared to your writing? Welcome Back Creative Writer, The break is at an end and the new semester is in full swing. Our next meeting will be in one week! At this time I’m hoping to get the opportunity to discuss setting writing goals. Typically, my writing goals tend to be related to the actual act of writing, ie word counts, hours and days devoted to writing, pages written etc. And yes, these are noble goals in their own right and they foster a healthy relationship with the practice … Continue reading Setting Writing Goals

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a New Year Creative Writer! At the end of each year is seems necessary to take a moment and reflect. While some choose to use this time to think about new fitness routines or career goals, I like to also spare a moment for reviewing what i’ve written. I was very hard on myself this year for not writing consistently. Though, joining a community of writers definitely helped with this issue; I still felt like I had somehow failed. Then I pulled out my flash drive and looked more closely. I completed an entire novel at the beginning … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Rules of Writing

We’ve shared a lot of writing advice lately, and it’s had me thinking about the nature of the thing. Just about every writer has “rules” they live by; many have lists, whole books, even, of steps you must follow and things you must avoid at all costs if you hope to be published and successful. However, following someone else’s rules to the letter can sometimes do more harm than good, especially if a rule is internalized as law. My first book on writing was Robert’s Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know by Robert Masello. I was 15 … Continue reading Rules of Writing

The Power of Voice

Hello Creative Writer, In the vein we’ve been in, character, over the last few weeks I’d like to offer up one other important character in the story that as of yet we haven’t mentioned. You. Or more specifically the voice in which you choose to tell your story. Now, this can be pretty interesting especially if you aren’t telling the story in 1st person, from the point of view of a character within the story. When you are “outside” the story telling and  showing the reader what is happening, what people are thinking and doing, you become a character as … Continue reading The Power of Voice

Minutes from December 14, 2018 Meeting

For our final meeting of 2018, following up on our character discussions of the last couple weeks, each of our writers brought in a character, major or minor, to introduce to the group. Some came with lists, while others had chosen to stage interviews with their characters.  Pooled together, we had a range of internal and external details—family dynamics, educational background, personality quirks, physical appearance, religion, favorite foods, full family history, personal traumas, professional history, social skills, etc., and how some of those traits inform the others. It sounds like everybody came out of this exercise knowing more about our characters … Continue reading Minutes from December 14, 2018 Meeting

Writer’s Block

We have all been there haven’t we creative writer? You are plugging along pretty speedily on a story, the plot is progressing and everything feels great then suddenly without warning, like the entrance of a villain in a horror movie, it starts to loom. You can feel the creative river start to dry out until it is barely a stream and then BAMMMMM! Nothing. You stare at the screen or the page and you want to put words there but nothing is happening and nothing will come out. You look at your story boards, outlines, character sketches and plot maps– … Continue reading Writer’s Block

More on Character

We’re all hard at work on our character trait lists (or interviews, or spreadsheets, or whatever route you’ve chosen) for Friday. I can’t wait to meet everybody’s characters, but I’m having more trouble than I expected boiling mine down to traits on a list without going off on a lot of tangents. So I started looking around the internet for useful tips from established writers. Here’s Chuck Wendig on two nifty visual aids for writing characters: the mind map—a sort of visual-meets-textual reference of multiple characters’ basic traits—and a purely visual collection of abstract images that call to mind who a … Continue reading More on Character