Writing for Success

Free Seminars by The Wright Writers of Dayton

Date: Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm 

Location: The Vandalia Metro Library

330 S. Dixie Dr. (next to Butler High School)

Vandalia, Ohio 45377

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Vickie Weaver — Biography

Vickie L. Weaver is a lifelong Ohioan, writer, and poet. She writes and edits for clients worldwide in her company, Writestyle (www.writestyle.com). She is the author of My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You and Dancing in the Stars. Everyone has an interesting person in their family whose story begs to be told. Vickie will give details on how to get started.

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Ruth Ann Peck — Discovering Poetry

Ruth Ann Peck taught English for twenty-one years at Northmont Junior High in Englewood, Ohio. She has won dozens of national, state, and local awards for her poetry. She is the author of Rowing Through the Night and six books of history.

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Deb Knight — NaNoWriMo

(writing a book in a month)

Deb is editing her first novel, a science fiction story. She will talk about her experience writing during NaNoWriMo.

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Frances McGee Cromartie — Inspiration   

Frances McGee-Cromartie was one of 12 writers invited to Rye, New York as winners of Guideposts magazine’s Writer’s Contest. Since 2001, she has received six bylines for Guideposts and Angels magazines and has been invited to attend one of their refresher courses.

Interested in going? Help us plan for how many will be attending by emailing Colleen Green at colleen_grn@yahoo.com put in the email subject line:

“I am attending the April WWD Seminar”

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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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How to Create Characters

by Author Colleen Green

Authors develop characters that readers sympathize with. They can move us to tears, make our blood boil, cause us to squeal in joy, or gasp in fear. Ever love to hate a character? I have. Can’t stop reading until you’re finished? The reason is because you care about their hero or heroine.

How can you achieve such a strong emotional bond between your reader and your fictional people? You should get to know everything you can about your protagonist and antagonist when creating them. Especially their personality and what drives them to obtain a goal. It will help you understand their feelings. Showing your character’s raw emotions through action is a powerful writer’s tool. It pulls your reader deeper into the story.

Answering some questions will help you flush out how your characters are reacting to what is happening around them. You may even play around with the plot, moving the order of events to provide more drama. Withholding information from some and not others, including the reader, can drastically change the outcome of events. If you have a small town or group you can separate them according to their united fronts. Here are questions to answer for each of your characters.

  • What is motivating your characters to take action?

For example, your protagonist may be greedy. He or she puts money above everything else. Money is the person’s motivation for taking action. You can imagine the problems this may cause. Conflicts could arise such as resentment from a spouse and selfish decisions that harm others, all in the name of increasing wealth. It is the way your characters show their emotions that should drive your story.

  • What are they are trying to achieve?
  • How can you make the situation more urgent for the character to obtain their goals?
  • Does time play a part on when goals must be completed?

Success can be defined in different ways. It can be tangible like a quest for buried treasure. It can be emotional like forgiveness. The obstacles to reaching their objectives will help to form your plot.

  • How will they change or evolve?

If they stay the same, that may cause problems.

  • Do they verbalize their opinions or keep them to themselves?
  • How does their relationship with their family shape their personality?
  • Are they loners or more social?
  • Is there a way to show contrast between two characters?
  • Does one character exploit another one?

How your characters interact with others plays a part in the plot. Lives are affected by what people do and say around each other.

  • How is their self-esteem?
  • What are their flaws?
  • What are their strengths?
  • What does your character value?
  • What does your character despise?

Finding the answer to these questions will help you find ways to show the answers. When the answers affect the story timeline, use them. One character could be strong in an area where another is weak. If the sidekick or minor character fits this description then he or she could help the main character reach a goal. Or a villain might use the hero’s weakness to make it even harder for him to succeed.

  • How does where they live affect their actions and speech?

Keeping where they live and work in mind allows the writer to be realistic about dialogue and actions. For example, New Yorker’s tend to be in a hurry whereas people from California may be more laid back. Southern states have accents and sayings that other places may not use.

Have fun and keep writing!

Click on the link below to listen to author Colleen Green’s interview on Blog Talk Internet Radio Show That’s Novel on Wednesday May 25th. Author W. Ferraro will be on from 8 pm – 9 pm and Colleen Green will be from 9 pm -10 pm.

.http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stephaniesbookreports/2016/05/26/thats-novel-interviews-authors-w-ferraro-and-colleen-green

 

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