35 Things to ask your characters – and yourself

If you ever watched the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton, you saw a version of the Proust Questionnaire.  Here is the original list.  Using it for your characters in long pieces really helps. 35 Questions Made Famous by Marcel Proust What is your idea of perfect happiness? What is your greatest fear? What is the…

July Meeting of the Guild – Monday the 11th

Come join us for an evening of constructive critique starting at 7 pm.  We will be in the BAPA Community Room,  11109 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60655 Bring something that you are working on or write from the prompt.  All genre are welcome.  Be prepared to read your work aloud. The prompt for this…

New Year – New Book?

It’s Leap Year so you get 366 days to write.  You’ll see a lot of people talking about this day being your first blank page.  Good concept, great idea. You’ll see a lot of posts about you have a year to write your book, but I beg to differ.  You have today to write your…

Genres defined – from Wikipedia

Of the dozen categories of fiction writing, the below descriptions are the most up-to-date definitions.  Sometimes knowing what others call what you are doing, helps.  Good writing. Drama – stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotion are expressed through dialogue and action Classic – fiction that has become…