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!

Holiday Festivities!

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The public is warmly invited to join WordWrites Guild on Thursday, December 13th in celebration of the winter holidays. Throughout the evening of seasonal music, delicious refreshments and good company, all writers are encouraged to share their own take on the current writing prompt, and/or read from their personal writing, works-in-progress, etc.

The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library  We look forward to celebrating the season with you.

Our writing prompt for the evening is to add a feast to your writing. Do this any way you like: as a description, a memoir, a creative story, a poem, an essay, or whatever strikes your fancy.

So, come one, come all and join us for feasting and celebration of the holidays at WordWrites Guild Open House. As an added bonus, the winners of the Oxbow/WordWrites Guild writing contest will read their winning entries. Mark your calendars for December 13th and be part of the fun.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

October – Picture Perfect

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Trees transform; their colors fluid, moving from green to red, yellow, and orange. Agile leaves dance through golden light as if nature has cast a magical spell upon them. Jewel-toned woods, winding trails, crisp air, and cozy sweaters – it’s time to pack your word bag and plan an outing to WordWrites Guild on October 11th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Depot Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

Our writing prompt for this meeting is shared by WWG member Laura P. who took this photograph while exploring the oxbow recently.  For anyone who has visited the oxbow, this picture of woodlands and fields, sky and space is familiar. For anyone who has yet to experience these protected wetlands, you might want to clear your calendar on the day of your visit. Once inside the tranquil world of the oxbow, you may find that one step leads to another, and that openness, that wildness and that beauty is difficult to leave.

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It is especially fitting that our writing prompt is a glimpse of the oxbow. We are delighted to have received the entries for the writing contest and are currently reviewing them.

Within a few days we will be notifying winners and awarding prizes!

We sincerely thank everyone who participated in this contest. We hope that you delighted in your visits to the oxbow and had fun writing your essays, memoirs, poems, etc. as much as we enjoyed reading your submissions.

As always, we invite every word-geek, word-monger, word-crafter and word-aficionado to stop by the following WordWrites Guild meetings. We’d love to meet you!

2nd Thursday of October (10-11-2018) in the

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

4th Thursday of October (10-25-2018) in the

Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm

WordWrites Guild meetings are friendly, casual gatherings. Always open to the public, these get-togethers are free of charge and offer support, respect and encouragement to all writers. We understand that life is busy, so please note that writers are welcome to participate in meetings as their schedules allow.

 

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.

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