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.

Writing Contest Updates

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Whew! The WordWrites Guild and Oxbow, Inc.’s 2018 Writing Contest has come to a close. Members of both organizations wish to thank every writer, educator, volunteer, media outlet – everyone throughout the region – who contributed to the success of this special event.

Please watch for news about the winning submissions and look for details about the upcoming special reception during which winning writers will be awarded their prizes.

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We hope that every writer continues to find inspiration in the beauty of the oxbow, and we invite every participant to join the community of writers that comprise WordWrites Guild.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 6:00- 8:00 at Maverick’s Firewater Grill, located at 535 E. Eads Parkway, in Greendale, Indiana 47025. We are always open to new members. Hope to see you then!

The discussion topic for the upcoming meeting will be “Dialogue”. The definition, according to playwright and screenwriter John Howard Lawson, is that “dramatic dialogue should always be a compression and extension of action.” Whether you agree or disagree, let this definition be your incentive to dabble in a dazzling dialogue discussion at WordWrites’ next meeting.

September 27th’s writing prompt is literally a roll of the dice. Nine cubes with a picture on each face revealed the following images:  Smiley Face, Lightning Bolt, Eye, Bridge, Magnifying Glass, Flower, Padlock, Shooting Star, and Clock. Imagine those images or words as they “roll” into your writing; then join WordWrites for a thoughtful (or perhaps hilarious) read-aloud.

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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.

Spend Your Thursdays in Lawrenceburg!

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WordWrites Guild members are unique in their style of writing, their approach to story telling, and their choice of genre, but they also have many things in common- not the least of which is an encouraging attitude toward new writers. Every word-crafter is invited to attend the Fourth Thursday, August 23rd WWG meeting. Local writers, poets, novelists, short story writers, et al will gather in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm to share work and offer support to fellow wordsmiths.

If you have been searching for a place to create, offer guidance and receive respectful support, then WordWrites Guild is the place for you. Please drop by the Ewbank Room meeting on the fourth Thursday of every month. And if that isn’t convenient, we also host a Depot Room meeting every second Thursday of each month.  Both meetings are held at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, are completely free of charge, and are welcoming, friendly places to share, learn, and discover.

The writing prompt for August 23rd’s WordWrites meeting is one that’s guaranteed to crank up your imagination.  Choose someone from the past, be it historical, fictional, or otherwise, and bring them forward in time to present-day 21st century. Poems, short stories, diary entries, blogs–all are welcome. It will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

Networking is important to writers. At the last WordWrites meeting, Liz Loche shared her tips for social media, with an emphasis on how to set up accounts for Twitter, Instagram, and Tumbler and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Thank you, Liz, for such an enlightening presentation.

If you are interested in combining writing and nature, there’s still time to enter the Oxbow Writing contest. It is open to all writers who have visited the Oxbow wetlands. The deadline for the contest is September 14, 2018. For more information about the contest and the lovely, protected Oxbow, please visit http://www.oxbowinc.org

The next WordWrites Guild meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Ewbank 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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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We at WordWrites Guild have come up with a little something to help you celebrate this fun holiday! Simply unscramble the following words, answer the trivia questions, and choose the correct responses – then use all or a few of your answers in a poem, limerick, ode, song, or riddle!

Be sure to share your creativity at the next WordWrites Guild meeting from 6:00-8:00pm on March 28th in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch Library. (The correct answers will be shared that evening!)

We wish you ádh mór with this word adventure!

How many steps must you climb in order to reach the Blarney Stone?

  • 412
  • 127
  • 17
  • 97

What is the main ingredient in boxty?

Unscramble the following words (Hint- You may want to look up traditional Irish dress, foods, and activities) :

  • ijg
  • clteci
  • ceoqlnecue
  • nonancolc
  • elre
  • rata ocorhb

What does a leprechaun do to someone who forgets to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

  • Kicks
  • Trips
  • Pinches
  • Rewards

What gift does one receive after kissing the Blarney Stone?

What does Erin Go Bragh mean?

 

WordWrites Guild hopes you have a happy, safe and entertaining St. Patrick’s Day!

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Meeting Reminder

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You are cordially invited to attend the first WordWrites Guild meeting to be held in the meeting room of the Harrison Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library tonight from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We will critique Susan T.’s latest chapters, share our unique interpretations of this month’s three-word writing prompt (factitious, enhance and excruciating), and share our writing experiences with fellow wordies.

There is no need to RSVP – simply stop by and get to know this community of writers. We look forward to seeing you this evening.

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