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.

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.

Beat the Heat with …

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… refreshing reviews and cool conversation at the next WordWrites Guild meeting on July 26th in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm. The Thursday evening gathering of writers will include reviews and critiques of members’ submitted works-in-progress; updates on the ongoing writing contest that is co-sponsored by Oxbow, Inc. and WordWrites Guild. Willing participants will have the opportunity to read their latest creation inspired by this month’s writing prompt.

As always, every writer is encouraged to stop by any WordWrites Guild meeting. There is never a fee to join WWG – all that is required is an interest in and a willingness to write. No matter the genre or level of experience, members and visitors can enjoy a respectful and encouraging approach to reviewing and critiquing submissions, and an evening connecting with fellow writers.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and to welcoming new wordsmiths!

Just a Reminder …

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Please note that the next WWG meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25th in the meeting room of the Harrison Library from 6:00-8:00pm. We have a full night planned, including, but not limited to:

  • Group review of Pat H.’s current book in progress
  • Volunteer opportunities with the ongoing WWG & Oxbow, Inc. writing contest
  • Updates about special events scheduled for the coming months
  • Sharing our literary achievements inspired by the following writing prompts:

One half of a ripped love letter

Royalty

We look forward to seeing you this WEDNESDAY night!

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In the Company of Writers

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This month can be the month when you finally take that chance and stop by a WordWrites Guild meeting.  Whether you are new to writing or a seasoned pro, you are welcome to share your love of words in a friendly, comfortable and enthusiastic setting.

This month’s prompt came to us from WWG member Pat H. (Thank you, Pat!). Have some fun and see what you can do with it in 500 words or fewer, and then attend one or both WWG meetings in March to find out where the following three words lead your fellow writers:

You

Me

Us

We’re looking forward to critiquing Susan T.’s current book-in-progress, sharing our prompt-inspired creations, and more! Be sure to mark your calendars for:

Thursday, March 8th in the Depot Room at the Lawrenceburg Public Library  6-8:00pm

Wednesday, March 28th in the meeting room at the Harrison Branch Library  6-8:00pm

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Meeting Dates, Locations:

Thursday, March 8th – Depot Room Lawrenceburg Public Library

Pi Day, March 14th – LPL Hidden Figures

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th –

Wednesday, March 28th – Meeting Room Harrison Branch Library

Heading to Harrison!

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WHERE and WHEN will the next WordWrites Guild meeting be held?

In the meeting room at the Harrison Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library on Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8pm.

WHAT is the current writing prompt?

In 500 words or less, use the following words in a story, poem, operetta, or anything else you might care to write:

Factitious – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/factitious

Enhance – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/enhance

Excruciating – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/excruciating

WHO is WordWrites Guild and WHY should I attend a meeting?

WordWrites Guild is a gathering of all kinds of writers. One member is a published author of children’s books, another contributes to equestrian publications, and yet another writes features and the occasional news story for a regional newspaper. There are also poets and short-short story writers. Some members have never been published but hope to see their work in print one day, and some members simply enjoy writing just for themselves. WWG members include life-long writers, those who are new to writing, and a few who are returning to it after a long absence.

On any given evening, you might meet one or all of these friendly, welcoming wordsmiths. If you are interested in the written word, WWG is interested in meeting you! By attending a meeting, you will have ample opportunity to share ideas, writing projects, questions, challenges, successes and all things writing in a supportive, positive and respectful environment.

Please contact WWG for more information – or just stop by the next meeting in Lawrenceburg, Indiana or Harrison, Ohio!

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Prioritize Your Writing

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All kinds of writers join WordWrites Guild for support, reviews, critiques, and conversations about the craft of writing. Because we do not offer online support, we invite you to attend WWG meetings, special events, members’ book signings, etc. in person. It’s a great way to get to know fellow writers throughout the region, to hear feedback on your writing, and to receive in-depth critiques of your work prior to pitching, self-publishing, or submitting your project.

Please note the following WordWrites Guild meeting dates and locations – definite through June, 2018. Additional locations, meetings, events, etc. will be updated on this website throughout the year. All library-based meetings begin at 6:00pm and wrap up by 8:00pm.

January 11 —  6:00pm — Maverick’s Firewater Grill, US50, Greendale, IN — Two critiques of members’ work are planned. Please review the previous WWG post for information about this month’s visual writing prompt if you’d like to participate and share your writing exercise with the group that evening.

February 8 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

March 8 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

April 12 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

May 10 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

June 14 – Depot Room, Lawrenceburg Public Library

Please subscribe/follow this website in order to stay apprised of any changes, additional meetings, public events, and more.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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