I/O as a Writing Exercize

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Stories are based upon decisions – the woman refused to marry for love, so settled for wealth; the safe-cracker rescued the child, and in doing so exposed his true identity;  the spider wrote fine things about the pig for his salvation, but not her own.

At every crossroad the writer faces choices, conflicts, opposites. This writing assignment was suggested by Marty, and is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be:

Begin with a binary situation, basically, the opposite of anything. It might be yes/no, war/peace, on/off, light/dark, life/death … anything that you consider to be two opposing somethings … and write a 512 word or less essay, poem, memoir, etc. incorporating that conflict.

Our nantipodal-39630_1280ext meeting will be especially exciting, enlightening, and entertaining as each of us shares our binary work. We hope you join us on Thursday, August 4th at the North Dearborn Branch Library at 6:00pm.

We always welcome members’ suggestions for writing prompts, guest speakers, and future events. Becoming a member is free and as easy as coming to a meeting. We welcome your input!

 

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May is a Mabsoot Month

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For WWG’s latest word prompts and writing assignment,

please click the Writing tab, above.

In the interest of neoterism, you are invited to exercise your own verbomania and play an eclectic word match game.

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So often writers are reminded to rein in their love of words when writing. An expansive vocabulary might be a coveted asset during a heated game of Speed Scrabble, but can sometimes be seen as an obstacle for the general reader.

This is certainly a reasonable argument, but one which should not limit any logophile’s or malaprop’s pursuit of underused words or discovery of forgotten verbage.

The following words were found on Mr. Steve Chrisomalis’ magnificent website:

http://phrontistery.info/index.html

After completing the quiz, please visit Phrontistery.com, or scroll down for the answers.

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour
  3. Novice conductor’s instrument

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Are you feeling confident? Are you ready to impress fellow word-geeks with your verbal prowess?

If so, brace yourselves … the correct definitions are below:

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Novice conductor’s instrument
  3. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour

 

TahDah! You are quite the word-monger, aren’t you? Bravo to you!

You are invited to share your own discoveries of new, eclectic and fun words at upcoming WordWrites Guild meetings, held every first and third Thursdays at 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fanfare, Flags and Fireworks!

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In just a few days, the skies will be ablaze

with shimmering red, white and blue as

America celebrates another birthday.

 

The WordWrites Guild will not meet on July 3rd

 

in order to have ample time to pack a picnic,

unfurl the beach towels and

sing along with the fife and drum!

 

Please note that

WordWrites Guild will meet again on

JULY 17th at the Lawrenceburg Public Library

6:00pm – 8:00pm

 

We will critique any submissions received through

July 10th at that time.

 

Have a water-safe, fireworks-savvy, and

Wonderful Fourth of July!

 

March 7 Meeting

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Our March 7 meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, in the Dunevant #1 at the North Dearborn Branch Library on North Dearborn Road.  See our About page for a map or more information. 

Hope to see you there.

February 21 Meeting

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Our February 21 meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, in the Ewbank Meeting Room of the downtown Lawrenceburg Public Library, 150 Mary Avenue, Lawrenceburg, IN.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming Changes

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As we approach our six month anniversary, it is time to look forward to 2012.  Next year, we are planning to move from our once per month schedule on the third Thursday of each month to first and third Thursdays.  This will offer opportunities to critique more work from our authors, and to explore more discussion topics.

We will continue the once a month schedule through December (12/15/2011), and begin the new schedule on January 5, 2012 with a submission deadline of 12/30.

This change of schedule gives us an opportuinty to also discuss other aspects of our group.

  • Should we change our venue?
    • Alternating locations, e.g. North Dearborn and Lawrenceburg,  North Dearborn and Hidden Valley, etc?
    • Something totally different, e.g. a restaurant ?
  • Should we change the meeting times?
  • Suggest special discussion or presentation topics, e.g. dialog tags.
  • Suggest guest speakers.

Please offer your suggestions as a comment to this post.  We can continue the discussion at our December 15 meeting.  But we need to finalize any venue changes at that meeting so we can distribute new posters during the last half of the month.

Welcome to the WordWrites Guild!

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We appreciate your interest in our friendly and enthusiastic group.

Our members represent many genres and skill levels and always look forward to meeting new writers.

We offer respectful, honest critique and positive reinforcement to everyone, knowing how important our work is to each of us.

As the WordWrites Guild continues to evolve,

we plan to increase our meeting schedule to

twice a month beginning in January 2012 .

We invite our members, followers and potential members to suggest fresh venues,

best meeting days and times, and creative suggestions for

special programs, speakers, and events.

Please comment here or email your ideas to wordwritesguild@gmail.com

And as always, everyone is welcome to join us on the

Third Thursdays at 6:30pm

at the North Dearborn Library, West Harrison, Indiana

November 17, 2011

December 15, 2011

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