Longwood Meets – 1/22/2018

The next session is Mon., Jan. 22, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr. Bring something you’re working on to share for productive critique, or write on the prompt. Prompt: I (he/she) opened the door, braced to hear, “SURPRISE!” Advertisements

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…

August Meeting of the Guild – 8/8/2016

Ahhhh, Summertime in Chicago.  Picnics, beach parties, backyard barbecues, concerts in the park, fireworks on the lakefront, the whirlwind of activity is indefinable.   But, in the midst of all that fun, save time for the writer in you.  The Guild promises good energy, gentle critique, open ears and like minds, comfortable chairs and air…

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…