October Meeting of the Guild

The next session of the Longwood Writers Guild creative writing critique group will be  Mon., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL 60643. Come join us! Please bring something you are working on to read aloud for critique, or write from the following prompt: I wouldn’t drink out of…

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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…