AWWG member and novelist Cheryl Holloway is holding a writing workshop Saturday August 23 in LaPlata, MD, devoted to defeating writers block.
Who among us isn’t stymied now and then, or more often, when facing that blank page! Here’s a chance to get together with your sister writers and get some new tools to blast through:
Check out Cheryl Holloway’s writers workshop – click here for more info!
Time for the August meeting, already!
Accokeek Women’s Writing Group
Monday, August 11, 2014
1:15 – 3:00 pm at the Accokeek Branch Library conference room
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
Come and join us to meet your writing sisters! We take on challenges, explore the writing process, share our progress, and support each other along the way. Writers can read get feedback on their projects
Ideas for when you when can’t step away from your problem
© marc johns serious drawings
Illustrator Marc Johns likes to go for a walk or do dishes to relax his mind, but when that’s not possible and he needs to push through a creative block, he tries one of five things:
- Instead of coming up with one solution, come up with 20.
- Shorten your deadline to 10 minutes from now.
- Put away all digital devices.
- Use different materials, like chalk, crayon, paper and pen. (if you type, write longhand; or vice-versa)
- Pretend you are a pastry chef or a pilot or a hot dog vendor (you get the idea). How do these people look at the world?
Source: Breakthrough! 90 proven strategies to overcome creative block & spark your imagination, Alex Cornell, editor.
OK, this is for laughs:
But I DO expect you all to text in complete words. srsly.
At yesterday’s meeting Valerie brought her battered Houghton-Mifflin style guide, much-loved since college. While we were doing an editing exercise, several people asked for it. There is nothing like a familiar resource when you’re trying to solve a problem.
So build your reference shelf with the tools that help you write. Technical help, like dictionaries, thesaurii and style guides, inspiration from beloved writers, sources of publishers, challenges, exercises that will keep you motivated.
Kay had a great idea: she asked for a good dictionary for a gift – so much more useful than another gadget.
Here are some of my recommendations. Please leave more suggestions in the comments!
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
Self Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson
The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction by Brian Kiteley
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & e.b. white
Today I shared a list of editing resources with the Accokeek Women Writers Group, and attached please find them. Thank you, all, for your attention and participation, and especially Patrise Henkel for suggesting the subject.
One of the fearless leaders of our Accokeek Women Writers Group suggested I share this post on our blog. And so I bring to you, “On Editing.”