Posts tagged "Craft"
Wordcrafters Day 12 - A "Sense" of Urgency

Wordcrafters Day 12 – A “Sense” of Urgency

For the twelfth day of Wordcraftmas, WITS Coordinator and Eugene Poetry Slam maven, Jorah LaFleur shares on using the five senses in your writing with short timed activities. We hope it inspires you! About Jorah LaFleur: Jorah is a writer/performer who performs on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, ceremonial officiant, and workshop facilitator. She has been ... Continue Reading »
Wordcrafters Day 11 - Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

Wordcrafters Day 11 – Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

You’ve got strong characters having knock-down, drag-out arguments in exotic locals, while a pack of lions lurks just outside of camp, yet it feels like your scenes are a little…one-dimensional. An instant fix is to have more than one kind of conflict going on at a time. Have characters arguing during the exciting car chase; ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 10 - Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

Wordcraftmas Day 10 – Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

When we craft stories, essays or memoir, the “deeper” elements are the last thing on our minds. At least they should be. Concentrate on getting the story down, however rough around the edges. My opinion is that if you write the story deeply and honestly, the metaphors, themes, symbols (all that Voodoo subtext stuff!) will ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 9 - A Bubble off Plumb

Wordcraftmas Day 9 – A Bubble off Plumb

All right, intrepid writerati – riddle me this: How come stage actors and TV/movie people always have to put makeup on, even when they’re not supposed to look like anybody but themselves? Exhibit A: Carson Daly, borrowed from this article If you said “well, because those stage lights make them look extra washed-out and plain, ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 8 - Listen To Your Story

Wordcraftmas Day 8 – Listen To Your Story

  Last year I wrote a 70,000 word novel that I fell in love with. I loved the high concept, the world, and most of all, the characters. When I wrote the last sentence mid-December, I felt triumphant. Armed with feedback from trusted critique partners, I knew what I had to do to make my ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 6 - Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Wordcraftmas Day 6 – Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Flatman and Ribbon may work well as characters in a kid’s joke (think superheroes, steamroller…), but reader-grabbing prose calls for multi-dimensional characters. One often overlooked way to develop more interesting characters is by showing how social status affects feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In real life, an individual’s status is fluid, shifting according to specific relationships. ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 5 - Shattering Moments

Wordcraftmas Day 5 – Shattering Moments

Do you have a moment in your life that changed you forever?  When the doctor started with, “I’m sorry to tell you…” When you saw the plus sign on the pregnancy test… When your best friend realized you lied. Now let me ask you, does your character have a moment like that? Short stories center ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

After working in the marketing industry for over a decade, and with authors for the last five years, I’ve picked up a few things behind the scenes. One of those things I’ve learned is the importance of treating your writing like a business, and you’re the brand. Your book is the product, the widget, but ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 2: Trust Me, I'm an Editor

Wordcraftmas Day 2: Trust Me, I’m an Editor

“Silence your inner editor!” First draft – you’re bouncing from the highs of inspiration to the depths writer’s block and back. The last thing you need is the nagging voice of self-doubt reminding you that your character has smiled seventeen times on this page alone or that the passive voice is being used by you. ... Continue Reading »
Free December Workshop at Springfield Library!

Free December Workshop at Springfield Library!

After NaNoWriMo: Now What? You wrote a novel in 30 days! Hooray! Bring that gem in the rough to the library and we’ll dive in to revision strategies to help you shape it into something truly beautiful. We’ll also talk about strategies to keep writing through the year.
New Speaker Series: Reading Like a Writer!

New Speaker Series: Reading Like a Writer!

Reading Like a Writer It’s Wine on Wednesday with a twist! We’re moving to the beautiful Shelton McMurphey Johnson House with an inspiring new speaker series.

Conference 2017: The Mechanics of Murder!

A conference for readers and writers of crime stories, mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, and crimes of passion.