What a Character!

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Your character is what you make of him. He is not a self-made man. He is a “made-by-you” man. Breathe some life into him.

Start by creating a bio.  Begin with a name that matches the character. Picture your character and help your reader see him as you do. What are your character’s strengths and weaknesses? What is he afraid of? Does he have special talents or hobbies? Consider his family. What are they like, and what is his relationship to them? Know your character’s age and birthdate at the time of your story. For example, if he was born in 1845, his actions and ideas should be appropriate to the time period.

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As you write, consider what has brought your character to the start of the story. What does your character want and what must he overcome? Something to keep in mind is that your character is constructed of only a finite number of words. Unlike a real person, he is not the product of a lifetime of experiences, yet you, as a writer, must make him seem real.

Write out your character’s bio. One way to do this is to have the character write a letter to you. Use words that your character would use, keeping in mind his age and abilities. Remember, if you don’t have an understanding of your character, neither will your reader.

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WordWrites Guild’s next meeting is April 25th 6-8 p.m. in the Eubank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library. The writing prompt for the meeting is particularly challenging. (Feel free to use a dictionary.) The prompt involves three phrases:

foment resuscitation

perennially coagulated

excruciatingly hypercritical

Use these however you like . . . and good luck.

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Deadline Today – September 14th!

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This is it – the final day to submit your entry to the

WordWrites Guild & Oxbow, Inc.’s Writing Contest.

Please be sure to review the rules and guidelines as

found under the Writing Contest tab at the top of this page.

Little Free Library Program

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WordWrites Guild invites you to cool off with fellow word aficionados on Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

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Rick and Jenna Baumgartner will share their knowledge of and experiences with Little Free Libraries. These Dearborn County residents have built and are the stewards of two Little Free Libraries. The evening will include firsthand information about this international effort to share the love of reading. There will be ample time for questions from attendees during this free event that is, of course, open to the public.

Following the Baumgartners’ presentation, WWG members will share their writing inspired by the following prompt, as explained by Susan T. –

We are to write a description of a place. It may be a travelogue, a story, solely a simple (or detailed) description, or whatever you like. As an added element, you may choose a different time period other than the present and make your piece a time travel offering. Keep your time and place a secret though. We will see if the group can guess where and when your story takes place.

In addition, WWG member Pat H. suggested we choose a topic or theme for each meeting that would include a round table discussion or offer an outright learning experience. The first topic is simply the development of, the use of, the challenges of – everything about, really – plot.

We look forward to seeing you at the

July 12th meeting of WordWrites Guild

from 6:00-8:00pm in the

Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Fourth Thursdays – Second Thursdays

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meeting-1738945_1280WordWrites Guild has adopted the following schedule for the remainder of 2018. Please note the change of venue for the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning with our June 28th meeting.

We will meet in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every SECOND Thursday.

We will meet in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library on every FOURTH Thursday.

Both meetings begin at 6:00pm, although drop-ins are always welcome.

The writing prompt for the June 28th meeting is:

Choose a song and write a poem or fiction piece that the song might be about. Keep your song a secret because after reading your story, the group will try to guess which song you have chosen.

Please join us at the next meeting to share and listen to always entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking takes on the current writing prompt; discuss the ongoing WWG and Oxbow, Inc.’s writing contest, and review submitted works-in-progress.

Please be sure to mark your calendars and stop by the Ewbank Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm. We’ll be glad to see you!

 

June is All A’Bloom … with Words!

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Summer has arrived and with it a plethora of outdoor activities. The lengthening days are filled with gardening, camping, swimming and blowing bubbles in the sunshine. As a writer, be sure to take advantage of these bright days and happy moments – every experience can give impetus to fun short stories or intriguing novels.

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As you create those new places and develop those interesting characters, remember that you can join fellow sunburned writers on every second Thursday of each month to talk about the craft of writing. Members are encouraged to share their work, to submit manuscripts for careful critique or casual review, and to participate in conversations about writing as a passion and a profession.

Stop by the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, June 14th in the sunny Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.  We will review member’s work, share our writing-prompt inspired masterpieces, and will provide important writing contest updates. For more information about this Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild jointly-hosted writing contest, please click on the Writing Contest tab at the top of the page.

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Writing, Sharing, Encouraging

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Sharing your writing with others can be daunting. Many writers do far more than simply drop words onto paper. Most of us grapple with each word choice. We place commas and periods in just the right place so our characters’ voices come to life. We can often see every setting clearly and want so much to convey our vision, but understand the importance of leaving open space for the reader to fill in the details with their own ideas and memories and dreams.

When a painter of words, a sculptor of stories walks into a WordWrites Guild meeting, they can know that they are joining a creative community of writers who understands the effort – and the fun – of making up stories and following characters’ whims, and balancing silence with dialogue.

Stop by the next WWG gathering of local writers to talk about the ebbs and flows of writing, to ask questions and offer guidance, and to join the fun of reading aloud everyone’s take on this month’s writing prompt:

A person in a bee suit

Someone selling bananas

We’ll be looking forward to seeing you at the Harrison Branch Library on Thursday, May 24th at 6:00pm.

 

All the News for May

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WordWrites Guild is bursting into spring with informative presentations, fun activities and far reaching plans. Whether new to writing or an old hand at the craft, writers of every genre, style, and approach are invited to avail themselves of all that WWG has to offer.

May 10th 

WWG Meeting – Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Special Guest Speaker – Maureen Sheets, CPA

Ms. Sheets will present a general overview about the financial side of writing, including the differences between writing as a hobby and a profession. Afterward, she will be available to answer questions from those in attendance. This is a free event, open to all interested writers.

 

May 24th

After much discussion and experimentation, it is finally official … beginning in May,

WordWrites Guild will meet

every FOURTH THURSDAY

from 6:00-8:00pm

in the Harrison Branch Library

(located on New Haven Road in Harrison, Ohio)

Please mark your calendars with this permanent and updated schedule. WWG will also continue to meet in the Lawrenceburg Library every second Thursday of each month.

Ongoing

WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc. are proud to co-sponsor a community-wide

Writers Contest

Open to Writers of Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction

who have visited the Oxbow Wetlands (www.oxbowinc.org)

between January 1, 2018 and September 14, 2018

Deadline to enter is September 14, 2018

Prizes will be awarded in each of nine categories.

Details are available at:

http://www.oxbowinc.org/kids-version-of-writing-contest.pdf

 

Stay up to date on all that WordWrites Guild does and offers by coming to the next WWG meeting (the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, in Lawrenceburg and Harrison, respectively), and take a moment to Follow or subscribe via email to this website for news about the latest WWG programs, celebrations and community-wide events.

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