A Quote as Inspiration

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Hello Wordsmiths,

Have you whiled away these sultry summer days with tall, cool glasses filSAM_1019led with clinking ice cubes and slightly tart lemonade? Have you lost yourself in a cheesy novel while dipping your toes into a kiddie pool? Or have you been the life of the party, catching up with laughing friends while making promises to, ‘do this more often’?

And have you found – possibly to your surprise – that the following quote from the 1991 book, The Quotable Woman, edited by Running Press, is even a little true?

 

“As you grow older, you”ll find that you enjoy talking to strangers far more than to your friends.”
Joy Williams

 

This quote is actually our writing prompt this time around. The quote can be included in the work itself, or simply be used as inspiration for a memoir, essay, poem – whatever you’d prefer. No matter the approach, the word count is limited to 518 words.
Good luck with your writing – we encourage you to share your unique interpretation of and approach to this assignment at the next meeting of the WordWrites Guild on Thursday, July 21, at 6:00pm at the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hemingway, Truth and Writing

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When looking for a fresh writing prompt for our upcoming meeting on July 7, our wonderful member S.T. made the following suggestion, “I thought perhaps sometime each of us could start a story in this manner, by writing a simple truth and going from there.  Of course, each truth will be different, but that’s what’s makes the world go ‘round.”

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The idea of a simple truth comes from Ernst Hemingway, writing in A Movable Feast:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

Following this train of thought, and keeping with Hemingway’s wise guidance (tip number seven, as noted at OpenCulture.com), the word count is limited to 300 words.

Hemingway was contemptuous of writers who, as he put it, “never learned how to say no to a typewriter.” In a 1945 letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, Hemingway writes:

It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/02/seven_tips_from_ernest_hemingway_on_how_to_write_fiction.html

Discover your own simple truth and share your work with supportive, respectful and welcoming writers at the next meeting of the

WordWrites Guild at 6:00pm,

at the North Dearborn Public Library on Thursday, July 7.

Editing Tools Comparison

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Dan Hawkins, WordWrites Guild co-chair and the owner of Hawkins Editing, LLC, will present an Editing Tools Comparison. He will examine the platform requirements, cost, functions, and strengths and weaknesses of six computerized editing tools. The tools range from revered to reviled and their costs range from free to $139.95 per year. Some are web based, some stand alone, and some are Word add-ins.

Dan will share his experience with the editing features of FileCleaner, Grammarly, Hemingway, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt, and SmartEdit. The presentation will also include a brief demonstration of each tool.

Join us for our meeting and Dan’s presentation June 2, at 6:00 PM, in the Dunevant Meeting Room at the North Dearborn Branch of the Lawrenceburg Public Library District.

May is a Mabsoot Month

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For WWG’s latest word prompts and writing assignment,

please click the Writing tab, above.

In the interest of neoterism, you are invited to exercise your own verbomania and play an eclectic word match game.

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So often writers are reminded to rein in their love of words when writing. An expansive vocabulary might be a coveted asset during a heated game of Speed Scrabble, but can sometimes be seen as an obstacle for the general reader.

This is certainly a reasonable argument, but one which should not limit any logophile’s or malaprop’s pursuit of underused words or discovery of forgotten verbage.

The following words were found on Mr. Steve Chrisomalis’ magnificent website:

http://phrontistery.info/index.html

After completing the quiz, please visit Phrontistery.com, or scroll down for the answers.

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour
  3. Novice conductor’s instrument

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Are you feeling confident? Are you ready to impress fellow word-geeks with your verbal prowess?

If so, brace yourselves … the correct definitions are below:

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Novice conductor’s instrument
  3. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour

 

TahDah! You are quite the word-monger, aren’t you? Bravo to you!

You are invited to share your own discoveries of new, eclectic and fun words at upcoming WordWrites Guild meetings, held every first and third Thursdays at 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Because the Big Greek Café is closed today, we are moving tonight’s (4/21/2016) WWG meeting to the Cracker Barrel on the East (North) side of I-74.

 

A Writing Assignment … and Dinner, Too!

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Brace yourselves – it was a big night for choosing eclectic words from that treasure chest (or is it Pandora’s Box?) known as Vocabulary Cards – the bane of many a high school student’s existence.

Our latest writing assignment has a whopping 600 word limit – and the words du soir are:

Conduit
Sanguine
Disheveled
Chromatic
Incipience
Pusillanimous

Please click on each word for its definition, correct pronunciation, and origin.

Have fun!

Equally important is the news that …

everyone is invited to join

WordWrites Guild at The Big Greek Cafe in Harrison, Ohio

on Thursday, April 21st at 6:00pm

for a delicious dinner-on-your-own, and plenty of conversation.

 

We hope you will be able to join us for this low-key, comfortable gathering.

The restaurant is easy to find at 1150 Harrison Ave  Harrison, OH.

DH Athens GREEK Exterior Sign Front

We are looking forward to seeing you on April 21st!

Writing Assignment for March 17th

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Hello Everyone,
We had another good WordWrites Guild meeting last week, during which we shared our competed assignments from the previous meeting, and discussed the many different approaches to, and styles of, writing.
While updating the group on the status of our projects currently underway, we agreed that the effort required for securing an agent or publisher could limit the time and energy available for story telling – as is the case with any writer, painter, musician, et al. Unfortunately, we didn’t come up with any alternatives, so we continue to wear both hats and juggle both enterprises.
In keeping with that need to create, this week’s writing assignment/prompt comes from a vintage box of vocabulary words, randomly chosen by members in attendance at last Thursday’s meeting:
Impute
Feint
Recalcitrant
Cupidity
Amnesia
The word count is limited to 500 words.
Have fun – and please stop by our next WordWrites Guild meeting at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00PM on March 17. We will hope to see you then.

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