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Make Every Word Work for You, Part 2 with Barbara Davenport

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog, Craft Talk, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Make Every Word Work for You, Part 2 with Barbara Davenport

Barbara Davenport has a class on Make Every Word Work for You on 3/25!  Sign up now. Write a vomit draft, then clean it up A vomit draft is just about what it sounds like. You need to start the chapter/scene/ essay/ whatever. You have a general idea what you want to say, but you don’t know how to begin. Or you have this beautiful vision in your head of how the scene should work but there are a bunch of specifics that you haven’t worked out. You just start...

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Make Every Word Work for You, Part I with Barbara Davenport

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Craft Talk, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Make Every Word Work for You, Part I with Barbara Davenport

Barbara Davenport has a class on Make Every Word Work for You on 3/25!  Sign up now. The great novelist and short story writer Flannery O’Connor said, “Make every word work for you.” When every word is working for you, your writing is taut and powerful. As you prune extraneous ideas and cull words that aren’t doing maximal work, your piece packs a heftier punch. Characters become more vivid, the action flows convincingly, and your reader wants to stay with you....

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Poe Prizes: Get Your Tickets From the Roaming Zombie and Other Helpers

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog, Craft Talk, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Poe Prizes: Get Your Tickets From the Roaming Zombie and Other Helpers

Opportunity Drawing Tickets – Raffle at the E.A. Poe Memorial and Wake 10/21 7-10pm You can choose which items you like the most and put your tickets in their box. There will be 10 or more baskets, each filled with wonderful Poe or Literary Themed prizes. You must be present at 9:50pm for the drawing in order to win! Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening from roaming raffle ticket sellers. Cost: $1/ea or 6/$5 or “length of your arm”/$20. and...

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Writing is Writing is Writing by Molly Cook

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog, Craft Talk, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Writing is Writing is Writing by Molly Cook

WRITING IS WRITING IS WRITING (Originally appeared in a slightly different form on my blog What Would Steinbeck Do? http://whatwouldsteinbeckdo.wordpress.com) Published writers tend to think of themselves as “real” writers — the ones churning out hot novels and heartfelt poetry and memoirs and thrilling true-life adventures or exposes. All others who push pens or tap keys are just writing hacks. Sadly, those other writers also tend to think of themselves this way...

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Writer’s Toolbox by Nicholas Reed

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Blog, Craft Talk, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Writer’s Toolbox by Nicholas Reed

Just as a good handyman has a toolbox filled with tools that help him build and repair, a good writer should have a toolbox filled with tools that help him write. -Stephen King in Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Anyone who has stepped into a bookstore in the last few decades has assuredly seen the name Stephen King. Even if you haven’t read any of his dozens of books, there is a pretty solid chance that you know of his stories from popular culture or from...

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