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.”
Sharing some thoughts with our writers’ group on ways to stay creative. (They aren’t mine; I received this via StumbleUpon).
Results from the 2014 Fiction Challenge:
Third Prize: Melinda Reyes Ground Hogs’s Day
Second Prize: Ashley Egan Bitter
First Prize: Mili Jenks Obsession
Best Story: Ferne Horner Cosy Simmons
Carol Burbank wrote The Indian Blanket
and Patrise Henkel wrote Twin Falls,
which were not eligible for the competition.
Most of the stories are linked for your reading pleasure. Either click the title to read online, or ‘right-click’ to download and print.
PLEASE DO NOT reproduce these stories without specific written permission. That includes making copies or reposting. All stories are copyright the author and belong exclusively to them.
Feel free, however, to promote the good work you do, and our amazing group, and our blog! Brag away, writers, you’ve earned it.
young author with book
Do you remember the first time someone told you your writing mattered? There’s nothing like that rush of confidence that comes when someone tells you your writing is worth something. That one encouraging voice can make or break our desire to tell our stories. It can determine whether tomorrow’s stories get written at all…
The Young Writer’s Program is running a fundraiser through June 23 (this coming Monday) in order to expand and improve their program to reach even more young writers in the years ahead.
What is the Young Writers Program?
The Young Writers Program works in over 2,000 classrooms around the world, and with over 100,000 students and educators. The YWP supports writing fluency, self-efficacy, and self-expression in the classroom by providing free-of-charge:
- classroom resources, including progress-tracking posters and writing workbooks
- Common Core-aligned curricula
- virtual classroom management tools
- mentorship and pep talks from established authors
- a vibrant online community of support for young writers and educators
Won’t you please go contribute a little bit, or a little bit more if you can.
And please, tell people about the fundraiser. I apologize for not posting this sooner, so please get the word out on your Facebook and Twitter, and help this worthy cause encourage more young writers to keep going. For they are writing the stories of tomorrow.