Local Author Event at Calvert Library

Readers, writers, and friends, please stop by the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick, MD, this Saturday to meet and hear from an amazing lineup of authors.

authorevent2016smallerI’ll be there, but most of my Accokeek Women Writers Group friends have heard from me.

The library put together a full schedule of events, with something to entertain people of all ages.

For more information, please see http://wp.me/p2Jprd-1m.

I hope to see you there!

Valerie Ormond

AWWG Member In the News

A passion for riding, writing

How many grow up to be successful enough as writers to own their own horses?

Valerie Ormond did.


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Included in Women’s History Month Literature Pack

Hello Accokeek Women Writers Group and Women’s Pages Readers,

I wanted to pass this along as a bit of good news. My two books have been included in our National Women Veterans Speaker’s Bureau’s Women’s History Month special pack. A very interesting idea brought about by the two co-founder women veterans. Here’s the link to the press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/military/womenveterans/prweb12518332.htm

Synopsis Information

Hello Accokeek Women Writers,

During our last minute, I talked about the synopsis, and different forms of the synopsis, and here is the resulting blog post:


Also, I mentioned the “Flogging the Quill” website, which I had confused with “Query Shark,” (included in the above blog post). “Flogging the Quill” offers advice on opening chapters or prologues, and can be found here: http://www.floggingthequill.com/. Interesting advice delivered in an entertaining manner.

Keep writing,

Valerie Ormond

Questions to Ask Your Characters

During Monday’s meeting of the Accokeek Women Writers Group, we discussed character development, among many other subjects.

Last weekend, I attended the Military Writers Society of America annual conference. One of the session leaders, author Jack Woodville London, stated writers must know the characters who are telling their stories. He suggested the following list of questions for authors to ask their characters:

-What is their most valued possession?

-To whom would they give this?

-What is their greatest achievement in life?

-Greatest failure?

-If suddenly wealthy, what would they do differently?

-To whom do they give credit to or blame?

-Who would they save?

London also offered that what makes them the character is often when they do something uncharacteristic.

London is working on a manual for writers, “A Novel Approach,” and his website and blog offer nice tips and thoughts for writers. If you are interested, here is the link: http://jwlbooks.com/about-2/. Thanks, Jack, for sharing that information that I could continue to share this week!