March Comes in like a writer . . .

Longwood Writers Guild will meet Mon., Mar. 11, 7 p.m. BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, 60643 Bring a piece you are working on to share with the group, or write from the prompt: I can’t control the weather, but I can control . . .  FYI Outrider Press is accepting submissions for the…

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…

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…