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Writers Mill Minutes 201703

Writers’ Mill Minutes March 19 2017

Twenty people enjoyed a fantastic workshop from Nancy Linnon (http://www.themovingpen.net/) on March 19th at the library. A gifted speaker, teacher, editor, writer, writing coach and more, Nancy came armed with excellent handouts including a great list of resources, and she invited us, right from her very first question, to look more deeply for stories in our own lives and those of our characters. Lots of members left energized and excited to realize they just might have a story worth telling in their past. Continue reading Writers Mill Minutes 201703

The Mechanics of Writing

I think this is the last one – more old links as we clean up the site:

Advice for Writers (sometimes free):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YJXXCQS

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/08/completing-novel-look-various-writing-methods/

Point of View:

http://learnhowtowriteanovel.com/blog/2015/08/17/wordsmithing-makeover-how-to-write-static-description/

http://www.writersonthemove.com/2015/07/multiple-points-of-view-good-or-bad.html

Punctuation and Grammar:

http://www.voicecatcher.org/archives/5556

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/15-punctuation-marks.jpg?7bd39e

https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2014/09/09/affect-vs-effect

Sentences

https://www.coursera.org/course/basicwriting

Writers’ Toolbox

http://ryanlanz.com/writers-toolbox/

Story Mechanics

Perspective:

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/02/4-tips-for-handling-multiple.html

Character:

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2014/10/planting-minor-characters-with-purpose.html

http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/bring-your-characters-to-life-with.html

Detail:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/descriptive-writing/

http://www.copyblogger.com/damn-good-sentences/

http://www.writersonthemove.com/2013/11/use-seven-senses-to-spark-your-writing.html

Plot and story arc:

http://storyfix.com/the-irrefutable-algebra-of-story

http://storyfix.com/easy-approach-story-building-bedtime-story-model

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/10/plotting-with-save-cat-beat-sheet.html

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/10/plotting-with-heros-journey.html

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/10/how-to-plot-with-three-act-structure.html

http://storyfix.com/value-pantsing

Polish:

http://storyfix.com/fiction-writers-definition-criteria-concept

Plot a Mystery

Plot a mystery

  1. Imagine you want to write a mystery. Who is your main character?
  2. Where is your main character?
  3. Your next nine answers should form a mystery story. At number one, how would you introduce the character and place?
  4. At number nine how would your story end? Does your MC ride off into the sunset, or jetski into space, or…?
  5. At number five, what crisis or mystery would you like your character to solve?
  6. At number seven, how would a second crisis grow from the first one, making it a mystery that really has to be solved?
  7. At three, how might your character end up in a place where he/she/it would encounter the mystery?
  8. At two, why would your character end up there?
  9. At four, give the character a need to care.
  10. At six, show how one crisis turned into another.
  11. And at eight, tell how the crisis was resolved by your character before the ending.