A new year is upon us. Time to get moving forward on a project you’ve started and maybe got stalled on. Or time to move past the thought of “I’ll write a book (or whatever) someday” and get started.
Maybe you need a refresher on some of the basics, or need to learn them to begin with. Those will be the focus of the January meeting. There will be handouts on some of the basics discussed so you can refer back to them when needed in your personal writing life.
To Be Discussed:
Personal writing goals
Writing basics: formatting, word count, genres
Writing preparation: where, when, what
Project organization methods
As always, the most important thing is that ALL of us share in the discussions. Each writer has different experiences or helpful hints about how to do something. Share, share, share. Learn, learn, learn.
This will be my last writing prompts, as it is time to turn this enjoyable task over to someone else. I have enjoyed doing these. It is fun to see how talented our KWA members are. Merry Christmas and a Happy Safe New Year. Louise
Thinking in time, what is the most wonderful Christmas holiday you remember? Tell us what made it so special and why you remember it.
Do you think girls are raised differently from boys? If so, in what ways?
Write a physical description of your mother. Write as if you were looking at a movie rather than a photograph.
Imagine yourself as a teacher. What type of student would you like to teach, and why?
The December meeting is the “party” meeting. It isn’t required, but you are invited to bring something finger-food wise to share with everyone. There will also be a gift exchange for anyone wanting to take part in that. Bring something of $10 value approximately that is related somehow to writing: a new or gently-used book, pens, paper, etc.
I don’t know if there will be a time to share your writing prompt exercise, but in case there is or you just want to do a challenge, here are some prompts.
Words: heaven – bicycle – cradle – fox – wheelbarrow
Prompt: Write about someone interesting from your past.
The November 16th meeting was a great one with lots of enthusiasm and excitement about writing, sharing and caring about each other. It is always wonderful to be part of such an experience.
More and more people are sharing their hand at doing one of the writing challenges. It is fun to hear the different takes on using the challenge words or trying one of the writing prompts.
We discussed the idea of doing another KWA anthology in 2020, after having not done one in 2019. There was a lot of interest in the project. Sonny Collins said he would publish it, as he has done for us for many years. We will have a small committee to help with this project. Guidelines will be passed out in January and on the website. They will be pretty much like they were in the past, with a deadline for submissions of August 31, 2020.
Starla Criser presented dual programs on explaining Metadata and dealing with Sagging Middles. Handouts are available on request.
The 2020 Board of Directors/Officers were elected as follows:
President – David Heffelfinger
Vice President – Starla Criser
Recording Secretary – Wendell and Clystia Skinner
Treasurer – Chris Davies
Members at Large – Dustin Boetcher and Nicole Valek
As always, we have additional writing prompt choices to offer those of you interested in a challenge.
These are from Louise Pelzl.
Everyone needs to learn to do an elevator pitch.
What is it, you ask? Pretend you are on an elevator, and you have seconds to
interest someone; editor, agent or anyone in your story. It should only be two
to three sentences and should give a description of your novel or short story.
Who is the person from history that you would
most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?
I had never seen it used as a weapon before, but
when he tried to attack me with a _______, I couldn’t help but laugh. I wasn’t
going to let him take the treasure from me-I needed to save a life. (Write a
story that follows these lines.)
Describe the one thing that gives you the most
This is a photo postcard from Jim Potter to be used as a prompt idea.