What Is Fame?

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Do you enjoy writing? Can you picture your name on the cover of a book? Do you dream of having that book on bookstore shelves? Do you aspire to become a famous writer? Fame, my friend, is the star of hope for all writers. 

But what is fame? The dictionary defines the word “fame” as “Being known about by many people.” If that is the case, then the question we as writers must ask ourselves is: how does one become known about by many people? Interestingly enough, it is not always by being the best writer. The answer to becoming FAMOUS is getting your name out there. The world must hear about YOU, talk about YOU, see information about YOU. Promote yourself. Keeping your name and writing in the spotlight equals fame. 

You may ask, “Am I a writer? Can I even call myself a writer?” Quite simply put, a writer is a person who writes. To be a good writer, one must write frequently–sometimes a little, sometimes a considerable amount. To become a proficient writer, one must make writing a daily practice. As the old adage says, “Practice makes perfect.”

Keep in mind that writing does not stand alone. To be a good writer, one must also be a reader. Study the works of other writers. Take note of the way words are combined, the rhythm of the words and phrases, the way plots are contrived, the way characters are developed. Use these skills and styles as a springboard for your own writing.

Share your work with others. Wordwrites Guild is the perfect place to do this. The next meeting is Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8, meeting in the small cubicle inside the front door of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

The prompt for the meeting is to use the following phrases in your writing: confetti in the rain, fighting neighbors, grocery store, next month. The fun begins when we share our writings and see how the phrases take on different (and sometimes hilarious) personae.                                                                                        


Ah, February

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February is a strange month.  We begin the month by idolizing a burrowing rodent and bestowing upon him the honor of becoming (without a college degree, mind you) a long-term meteorologist and expecting him to do what even real meteorologists cannot: predict the weather six weeks in advance.  It goes without saying that the tiny creature would rather spend its time in its hole with fellow groundhogs than be the center of attention, if only for one day. 

The middle of the month, we turn romance over to a curly-haired, chubby-cheeked toddler and award him a quiver of arrows with which to shoot perfectly good, law-abiding citizens through the heart in the interest of love.  To pay homage to his little fellow, we purchase red cellophane-wrapped boxes of chocolates, massive bouquets of pink and red flowers, and heart-covered underwear and lacy lingerie to present to our loved ones to whom we utter such phrases as, “Here’s my heart,” and “Be mine, Valentine.”

The month ends with a salute to our Presidents who are depicted as caricatures of themselves masquerading as auto sales representatives and benevolent department store clerks.  This practice probably causes all past Presidents to roll over in their graves.  Nevertheless, people look forward to honoring Presidents in this way because it affords usually hard-working citizens to enjoy a workless day to lounge about in their pajamas.

Yes, February is certainly strange.  In the future, when archaeologists uncover data about life in the 21st century, they will undoubtably shake their heads in disbelief and declare present day Americans to be a very odd culture indeed. 

With this in mind, yet having no connection to the above passages, we bring you six February words to use as your prompt for “unFebruary-like” writing:       groundhog,    second,    leap,    heart,    quiver,    president.     You will notice that none of the words are capitalized.  Therefore, the expectation is for you to use them however you wish.

Please join WordWrites Guild for their February 28th meeting, open to all writers regardless of level or ability.  It offers a opportunity to share writing as well as a chance to, upon request, have writing critiqued.  The next meeting is from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Eubank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

February, the Month of Love

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The best and most beautiful thing in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.  – Victor Hugo

To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.  – T. Tolis

February is the month of love. What are your thoughts on love? Jot them down. Write a poem. Begin that romance novel. Most importantly, tell someone you love them.

Wordwrites Guild would love to have you visit on Valentine’s Day and share your works in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00. p.m. 

The writing prompt for the upcoming meeting is to use the following words in your writing: sunflower, russet, grand, open, unfurl, nothing.  The average mark is to use 4 out of the 6 words.  For a challenge, use all six.

Congratulations to Wordwrites Guild member Laura Priebe on the publication of her new book All Things Work Together: Reflections on the Life of Leatta Ruth Priebe Spomer. Available at Amazon.com.

Winter Has Arrived

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Winter has set in with its blanket of white snow. Depending on which side of the window you find yourself, this may mean either a beauty you behold or a nightmare of slush and ice.

Now is the perfect time for you to experience winter first hand. Bundle up–or don’t–and step outside into the elements. Use your senses–all of them. Listen. What winter sounds do you hear? Reach out and touch winter’s splendors. What is the texture, the temperature, the weight, the feeling in the air? How does winter taste? How does it smell? Observe some wintery things you hadn’t noticed before. Savor your sensory experiences to use as a writing prompt. In 250 words or less, create a winter setting for a short story, poem, or novel.

Don’t forget to visit Wordwrites Guild on Thursday, January 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. Wordwrites is open to writers of all levels. There are no dues, just a rich evening of stories, ideas, and techniques.

Happy New Year!

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There is something about a new year with its shining promises and new beginnings. It is a clean slate, a chance for a fresh start.

What does 2019 have in store for you? Romance? Fortune? Fame? Perhaps this year you will publish the novel you have worked on for such a long time. On the other hand, maybe you will write the short story or poem that has been dancing nightly in your brain.

Maybe you will start 2019 by attending a WordWrites Guild meeting. We are a friendly group and would love for you to join us. We meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The next meeting is January 10 in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Since each New Year brings changes, CHANGE is the writing prompt for the January 10 meeting. Do you have specific thoughts on change, or do you just go with the flow? This is your chance to write about change in an essay, poem, or short story. Be ready to share at the meeting. If you aren’t ready for change, bring something you’ve written in the past for sharing.

Looking Toward 2019!

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The last twelve months have been especially busy for WordWrites Guild. Members learned about the business side of writing/self-employment during the informative and friendly presentation by Maureen Sheets, C.P.A. in May. Over the summer, Jenna Baumgartner, Vice President of Hoosier Hills Literacy League, and her husband Rick, both local builders and stewards of Little Free Libraries, stopped by to share their experiences with the Little Free Library program and talked with the group about ways to encourage and promote literacy. And this past autumn, WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc. recognized and celebrated all of the talented writers who participated in the community writing contest with prizes and public readings.

Over the course of 2018, WWG members have had books, stories, and articles published, and many have made great progress with their works-in-progress.  Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to some members, but have been delighted to welcome new faces, as well.


When we meet again on January 10th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm, we’ll continue to welcome all writers – of every genre and level of experience.  WordWrites Guild is a special place where writing matters and where writers are encouraged.


Have a safe and wonderful brand new year!

It’s Almost Time …

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… to enjoy the company of fellow writers, share your writing with an appreciative group, and celebrate the holidays with seasonal music and tasty refreshments!

Join WordWrites Guild from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, December 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library for a fun evening of celebration!

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