There will be NO monthly meeting March 21st due to the coronavirus problems. Stay safe. Stay home. Keep writing.
The March 21st meeting will be in the same location, but at a different time: 10 am – 12:30 pm.
Louise Pelzl will lead a program on understanding GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict.
It is exciting to find out that more of our members are doing some of the writing prompts. If you haven’t done so yet, try to this month. You can also do any writing prompt from another month or from somewhere else.
You can write the challenge as long as you want, even if it leads to a short story or a longer work. But when we share them at the meeting, we need to remember there are more people with something to share. Because time is limited, we need to keep a reading to approximately 500 words or a couple of pages.
main character reacted badly when he/she was told they would have to travel to
through your grandmother’s attic you find an old flute. When you blew into the
mouthpiece the oddest thing happened.
- The thief who steals rare books always leaves a sonnet behind.
- Create a scene of chaos. Perhaps a character is
panicking, a bunch of different things are going on at once, there’s a huge
mess, or someone is running out of time—or all of the above. (prompt from GRRM –
George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones author)
main character wants something badly. Have him/her convince another character to
give that something up. Use seduction.
Words: hesitate — cool — freedom — cheek —
Exercise: Internal Conflict
Internal conflict is a
device used in fiction writing that enables the author to portray character
development. Characters face internal conflict when they struggle to make a
choice. Struggles may involve fate, morality or personal beliefs. It can also
be mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
character has had a really bad week. He was stopped on a speeding violation and
got into an altercation with the arresting officer. Now he’s spending the next
60 days in jail. This is going to really mess with the timeline of your novel.
Write a transition scene that delves into the interior goals and conflicts your
character has yet to face. What else has he got to do? Try to show character
growth or change during this trying time. Be sure to use your characters
thoughts, actions, appearance and dialogue.
We are going to try having drop-in meetings weekly again. These are for anyone just wanting some time away from their everyday life to do some writing away from home. Or for anyone wanting to do some networking with other writers, maybe get some feedback on a project you’re working on or thinking about.
We tried this a couple of years ago and it was good until we lost the place where we met and people just drifted away. We’ll try it again for the next month and see if there is any interest in continuing it. Again…not a real meeting.
Location: Panera Bread 1605 N Rock Rd
Time: 5-9 pm, drop in whatever time works for you
The program for February will have two focuses: Romance and Tips for writers using Microsoft Word and Excel.
We will have handouts and discussions about:
- Range of Romantic Fiction
- Adding Romantic Elements to Other Genres
- Romantic Plot Structures
- Basic Romantic Elements
- Showing Body Language
- Tips for writers using Microsoft Word and Excel
Last month we had a few members who took up the writing challenges. Let’s see if more of you try them this month.
February Writing Prompts, Words, and Exercises:
- With respect to love, there is one thing I will
never do again
- Two coffee shop regulars frequent the same store
at the same time. One day they finally meet and share a table. What starts off
as a casual conversation turns into much more.
- Clarence the Candymaker rubbed his hands
gleefully. On February 14, he would introduce the world to a whole new kind of
- End your story with these words: I turned
around and shrugged. There was nothing left to do, and besides, I had to go to
work in the morning.
- Genre/Person/Problem prompt: Your genre:
hardboiled crime / Your person: a fetish model / The problem: Time-travelers from the future
have arrived, and they’re not very nice.
Deprive – virtue
– linger – goofy
Showing Emotions through the Action/Reaction Cycle (C. S.
Try using the action/reaction cycle to express your
character’s behaviors and feelings in a story of your own choosing or using one
of the prompts above.
The action/reaction cycle in writing follows a realistic
flow of behavior.
Action > Reaction > Process > Decision
Here’s an example:
Joan hears a
around to see what happened. (reaction)
She sees her
favorite bowl lying on the floor and her cat sitting on the table where the bowl
used to be. (process)
and put the chipped bowl further back on the table so it couldn’t fall again. (decision)
The Wichita Public Library hosts an annual film festival showcasing the short films nominated for an Academy Award in the animation, live action and documentary categories.
Check out the locations and times at wichitalibrary.org