January 2017 Newsletter

May you have good health, happiness, love, and success in the year ahead!

From The Wright Writers of Dayton

Article of the Month

New Year’s Resolution for Writers
by Author Colleen Green

Writing is a creative process, the key word being process. Crafting a story takes time, determination, and patience. The best way to produce a novel is to follow achievable steps. This serves two purposes. One, it makes you realize the amount of work that is ahead. Two, it focuses your attention on the details, and the order they need done.

Example: I want to write a novel by the end of the year. The novel will be a final draft ready to send to an editor.

4 Steps

1. Develop Characters
What is your main character’s conflict? What goal does each person want to reach? Who or what is standing in their way? What do you hope to resolve by the end of the novel?

To help with this part, I use index cards. Written on each card is a character’s name, age, and relation to others. I use push pins to place them on a board. Below a person’s card I put their children’s card. Beside each person I put their brothers and sisters. This creates a family tree. It helps to illustrate how relationships affect the overall story flow.

2. Outline Story 

To read more click on the link below.

https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/new-years-resolution-for-writers/

Book of the Month

thesaurus-of-the-sensesThesaurus of the Senses expands your possibilities to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell to describe the world around you. It collects some of the best English sensory words in one place to enliven your writing and help you build persuasive description. It’s an indispensable tool for writers, poets, bloggers, editors, and students.

 

purchase here: http://www.fourcatspublishing.com

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Melody Beattie

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

Word of the Month

Timorous (adj.) Showing or suffering from nervousness, fear, or a lack of confidence:

“A timorous demeanor.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

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Recipe of the Month 

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Candy Cane Cupcakes

by Colleen Green

  1. Crush candy canes. (break off straight end about 2” and keep separate)
  2. Make cupcake batter according to white cake box directions.
  3. Fill cupcake liner to about 2/3 full.
  4. Put a peppermint pattie or a chocolate kiss in center of each spot.
  5. Fill cupcake liner to cover candy and bake according to box directions.
  6. Just before serving, ice cupcakes with strawberry icing and stick 2” candy cane piece in center.
  7. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

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Book of the Month

A Field of Red (Frank Harper Mysteries Book 1)

by Greg Enslen

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Ex-cop Frank Harper doesn’t want to get involved. Harper is visiting the small Ohio town of Cooper’s Mill, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and a grandson he’s never met. But he finds the town gripped in fear-two young girls have gone missing, taken in broad daylight from a busy street. And the police are coming up blank. But once Harper is drawn reluctantly into the investigation, he’ll stop at nothing to find the girls.

Available on Amazon, link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Field-Frank-Harper-Mysteries

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

Bruce Lee

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

 

Word of the Month

Serendipity; Serendipitous n. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

“A fortunate stroke of serendipity.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

 

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