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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April 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Edible Miniature Bunny Baskets Centerpiece

eater basket candy

  • bag of bagels
  • container of vanilla frosting
  • green sugar crystals
  • marshmallow bunnies
  • chocolate licorice
  • bag of robin eggs

Take ½ of a bagel and spread frosting on the flat side. Sprinkle the green sugar crystals on the icing. Put one bunny in the center of the bagel where the hole was and push bunny down into icing. Put robin eggs around the bunny. Place one egg in front of the bunny and one egg behind it to secure its position. Put a small amount of icing on top of the bunny ears. Take licorice and dab ends into icing. Bend the licorice to form basket handle. Secure the licorice by attaching the ends with frosting to the bagel and pressing the middle of the handle down onto the bunny ears. Place one robin egg behind and in front of each side of the handle where it is attached to the bagel. Once all your baskets are on one plate, use the plate as a centerpiece.

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Book of the Month

My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

Vickie L Weaver (Author) 

 Kattarina Storost (Illustrator)

my child...

Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.

Link to buy below

 https://www.createspace.com/5714110

Word of the Month

 Nexus (noun) A means of connection; a link or tie: “The nexus between the mob and gambling.” A connected series or group. The core or center.

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

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Connect with Colleen

By Author Colleen Green

Amber Milestone is the main character in my book. She moves to New York City. Like her, I had never been there and I am used to suburban living. It was an opportunity to travel and do research for my book.

My boyfriend and I booked an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown, Manhattan. It was a fifth story walk-up. This means no elevator. Each time you went up the stairs it was about ten to fifteen steps to the next story. The kind of place my character would live with a roommate. It tests your endurance to make the trip back and forth up and down the stairs more than once a day. Even though I am in good shape, I couldn’t help but utter the words, “What did I do to Amber?” I decided to make it slightly easier on her by having her live on the third floor not the fifth!

The noise levels of 9th Avenue were louder than my home. The traffic, sirens, horns, and cars outside our bedroom window could be heard despite fan and nature sounds on my Kindle. I quickly learned earplugs helped.

We used the subway system and walked a lot. We figured out the apps on my smartphone to find the nearest train. All the while amazed at the number of people, the height of the sky scrapers, and the diversity of the people.

The Jewish deli we ate at was superb. I tasted cured meat that I had never had before and coleslaw that was unique and delicious. We had pickles prepared unlike the grocery store ones we buy at home. Local dialogue I noticed: “How you doing?” the server asked us. Think of all the different ways people say hello. Some say hey, hi or what’s up to greet someone. It is important to notice these differences.

times-squareWe took in some Broadway shows. Chicago and Cats both were performed extremely well. One of the people a few seats over kept whispering during the show. New Yorkers weren’t afraid to tell them to be quiet or shut up! They are bold about their opinions. Most people from Ohio wouldn’t be quite so vocal. Not to say one way is right or wrong. Yes, I am making somewhat of a general statement when I do notice certain things, which is fine. I will let each of my characters determine what they do depending on personality not just where they are from or living. It never hurts to take into account where they live and how that may influence their actions or general demeanor. Of course, there will be exceptions to the majority. It is something to be aware of as a writer, not a rule but a guideline.

 

Restaurant seating was tight. Tables close to one another filled the space. A substantial staff were at most places to keep up with the customers. Quick service for food. You can find a wide variety of cuisine such as American, Jewish, Italian and more.

Small convenience stores, called bodegas, are numerous. Some would deliver food 24 hrs a day. Cyclists’ who deliver food use the bicycle lanes. They jet in and out of traffic sometimes not staying in their lane.

Restroom facilities in a big city are different than in the suburbs. For example, restaurant bathrooms for females had just one toilet, unlike suburban ones with many stalls. Since there was only one toilet, there were lines to wait for the bathroom. Pharmacies in the city do not have public bathrooms. Probably to discourage the homeless from using them frequently. Suburban drug stores do have public restrooms.

We saw the One World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. My heart goes out to those who were so deeply affected by the 9/11 tradegy. Below is the One World Trade Center.

 

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We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It takes some time to get to the beginning of it from the sidewalks. The part where you walk on is above the traffic. It was fairly busy. There is a bicycle lane. When you hear a bell, it is probably a cyclist trying to pass you by if you get too close to their lane. Wonderful views of Manhattan can be seen from there.

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After my trip was over, I was thrilled that I went. I gained valuable knowledge, sights, sounds and tastes that I can bring to my next novel. I hope to go back someday. Meanwhile, I will continue writing my second novel. It will be dedicated to the people of New York City!

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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 

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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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