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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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!

Only One Meeting This Month

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As winter makes its chilly way toward the Midwest, writers don sweaters and steep tea in anticipation of shorter days and longer nights in which to write.

Calendars are already overflowing with traditional gatherings and new adventures, so WordWrites Guild will host only one meeting this month – on November 8th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm.

Please note that our next gathering will be our annual Open House, held on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

All writers are welcome to escape the maelstrom and join this relaxing, encouraging and supportive group.

 

The last meeting brought an interesting discussion of clichés, which led to an interesting discussion of idioms, which led to an interesting discussion of Spoonerisms, which led to an interesting discussion of Malapropisms, which led to an interesting discussion of eggcorns, which led to an interesting discussion of . . . well, you get the idea. Good thing you do because these are the topics for the November meeting’s writing prompt. To help you along, here are definitions for each term. Use one or more examples of these in your writing this week.

A cliché is an expression that has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or even to the point of being trite or irritating.  Examples: cold, hard cash or going bananas.

An idiom is a phrase or expression that means something different from what the words actually say. Example: using over his head for didn’t understand.

A Spoonerism is an accidental transposition of initial consonants in a pair or words. Example: well-boiled icicle instead of well-oiled bicycle.

A Malapropism is the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar. Example: a musical progeny for a musical prodigy.

An eggcorn is a word or phase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another. Examples: for all intensive purposes instead of for all intents and purposes or doggie dog world for dog-eat-dog world.

Use whatever examples you find–or create–to complete your story, poem, or essay. Be ready to share at WordWrites Guild on November 8. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

 

 

Falling into Autumn

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Please note that the next WordWrites Guild meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Library at 6:00 p.m. The date was reported in error on the last post.

September is an unpredictable month – will it bring the first crisp hints of autumn with it? Or will every day make us wish for the relative cool of mid-July?

No matter the weather, this is the time to visit the Oxbow wetlands located near US50 in Hamilton County, Ohio and Dearborn County, Indiana for inspiration. The WWG and Oxbow, Inc. joint writing contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 14th.

Per contest rules, every submission needs to include a picture of that special place within the oxbow lands that inspired you as a writer. To find a map of the oxbow, please visit Oxbow, Inc. , and for more information about the contest, please click on the tab at the top of this page.

Local writers are invited to join their fellow wordies at the next meeting of WordWrites Guild on Thursday, September 13th in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm. There is never a fee to join, and all writers are welcome regardless of age, genre, or experience.

Ever wonder how to make your characters tell who they are and what will come next in the story? Then get ready for a rousing roundtable discussion on dialogue–how to use it, improve it, punctuate it, and utilize it in your stories. Bring your ideas and hear those of others at the next WWG meeting.

We all know that from time to time, writers lose the ability to come up with new ideas or experience a creative slowdown. You might wail, “I can’t think of anything to write,” or “I’m just not creative enough for this topic.” Well, that’s Writer’s Block for you–and that’s the September 6th writing prompt. Put your Writer’s Block ideas on paper in whatever clever, factual, or technical writing form you’d like, and share them at WordWrites’ on September 6th.

One last note: WordWrites would like to celebrate the release of Pat Hanlon’s new book, Hooker’s Bridge, Civil War Saga available now at Amazon.com. Congratulations, Pat!

 

 

Writing Contest and Meeting Updates

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It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, and back-to-school time is right around the corner.  Why not squeeze in one last field trip by visiting the Oxbow. It is beautiful this time of year, and it is always changing.

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As many of you know, Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild have joined forces to co-sponsor a regional writing contest open to all writers who have visited the Oxbow wetlands, located in part near Greendale, Indiana. For more information about this lovely, protected area, please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org. For more information about the contest itself, please click on the Writing Contest tab above. The deadline for the contest is September 14.

 

WordWrites Guild is open to writers of all kinds, from beginners, to accomplished writers, from those with an idea, to those working on something bigger. All are invited to become a member of WWG and share their writing successes and challenges, to submit work for review or critique, and/or to share their writing-prompt-inspired literary creations with the group.

There are those who never write in the margins of books, and then there are those who jot down everything–even their most precious secrets–in the white spaces of reading material. Search through your books (especially those purchased second hand) for marginalia. Let your imagination run wild as you consider the meaning of these jottings and imagine what the person who wrote them would be like. Use these ideas as a writing prompt for a story or poem or whatever comes to mind.  (For more ideas, visit http://www.atlasobscura.com/article/best-notes-written-in-books) Then visit WordWrites on August 9 to share your work.

At the next meeting, Liz Loche will discuss and help set up accounts for Social Media Marketing. If your are a writer who would like to “get your name out there”, this is the meeting for you.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th from 6:00-8:00, in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

 

 

 

 

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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