Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 17 -- Glens Falls Writer's Group

Do you ever feel like life is just a cycle, a twisting void of thought and inspiration, with writing meetings stuck in it intermittently like the arrow pin cushioned Saint Sebastian?

No? Good. Neither do I.

So, we have a meeting this week. Be there or.... well, or be somewhere else, I guess. 
 
   As usual:   Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm, Holden Room (the big room we usually meet in)
     
      Annnnnd, some prompts....

1. While on vacation, a person comes face to face with the person who kidnapped their child ten years earlier.

2. At the age of 42, a doctor cures a patient with the disease that took their twin back in childhood.

3. A ten-year-old comes home from school and heads out to the backyard to play with their beloved dog. They finds the dog sitting on a branch, twenty feet up, in a big, shady tree.

4. You wake up one morning, and you're (literally) an animal. 

5. Imagine it's 100 years in the future. Write a letter to your local state representative describing what things you would like to see improved in that society.

BONUS POETRY PROMPT!

6. Write an ode to a common household appliance.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 3 -- Glens Falls Writer's Group

Hello yon Glens Fallzian Writers of Group,
      Meeting isith this week, scoundrels!
     Thursday, 7:00, Holden Room (the big room we usually meet in)
      And despite it me being ME who is sending out the meeting newsletter, I actually HAVE prompts this week (you can bring a prompt to simply read at the beginning of the meeting for general commentary, or print it out as your full submission)

1. Find a picture and write down the words that you see, hear, smell, touch and taste from it.

2. Describe an object in your life that serves no purpose but which you can't bring yourself to part with. Tell us why it's so important to you.

3. Describe one of the ways you played when you were a child. What did you play with? Were you alone or with a friend? Where did you play?

4. Write to the prompt, "Not far down the road, there is a..."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

GFWG Newsletter February 20th

Hey All! Writer's Group is this week!
      
Thursday, Feb 20th, at 7:00 in the Holden Room at the Crandall Library.
      Wait? Writer's group is In two days! Thursday!
      Golly, that's soon. How about some prompts like this:
1. An author is not given instructions on a manuscript until it is too late for them to do a good job by the deadline, and so instead the author writes a story about how they will murder their editor.
2. Some lazy bum has only one job: to send out an email. They don't. Write why. And what you'd like/plan to do to them.
3. Poetry Prompt: Write an ode to a leader/boss/parent which sounds lofty but is really just cutting them down to size and listing all their horrible attributes.
Inspiring Quote: “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do the day after.” -Oscar Wilde
    See you Thursday!
   cheers, -Christopher

Sunday, February 2, 2014

GFWG Newsletter February 6th

Once again, I'm down to the wire. For those of you who work well under a deadline, this is the impetus. For those of you who panic yourselves into writer's block, don't worry, we won't flog you for having nothing written (were that the case, I'd have to give myself a few lashes..) So....love is in the air...maybe we can beat the winter doldrums with a little creativity....(thanks to Chris for getting my butt in gear)


QUOTABLES Words to shift your mind into overdrive...

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” 
― William ShakespeareAll's Well That Ends Well

“Once I pulled a job, I was so stupid. I picked a guy's pocket on an airplane and made a run for it.” 
― Rodney Dangerfield

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 
― Winston Churchill

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” 
― Gloria Steinem

CONTESTS AND OTHER SUNDRY ITEMS

Freelance writing website
http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs.php
Why not parlay your talent into a career? Worth a look...

Mobius Poetry Magazine
http://www.mobiuspoetry.com/

Reader's Digest 100-word True Story contest
http://www.rd.com/sweepstakes-prizes/your-life-contest/
 Entries must be received by March 14th. 5k grand prize and publishing in Reader's Digest magazine.





PROMPTS

An open gate. Does it represent an opportunity? Coming home? A long forgotten memory or a favorite place or time?  How does this picture make you feel? Sad? Happy? Does it make you long for summer? See if you can't draw out a few words for this lovely Vermont vista.













Written Prompts


Imagine you know you will be canonized as a saint after your death. It's already written in the stars, you've had a window to the future. What would you have done to deserve sainthood? Saved a life? Discovered a cure for cancer? Are there events in your life, things you've seen that would push you to nominate someone for sainthood? All religion aside, what does it take to elevate someone above others?

Describe baking a birthday cake. The sounds of the spoon against the bowl. The smell of the vanilla extract, the radio playing in the background, the hiss of the sugar as it pours out of the cup measure. Use all your senses.




Until February 6th....

Remember a writer writes, always.


Think Spring...


Debbie




Monday, December 30, 2013

GFWG January 2nd Newsletter

Talk about your Hail Mary...Sorry I've been lax on this month's newsletter but hey, we've all worked under crushing pressure before....and Christmas intruded on my free time sooo...it is what it is. I will imitate the Romans in brevity.....




QUOTABLES Words to shift your mind into overdrive...

“Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear - and devils, too.” 
― Graycie Harmon

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” 
― Samuel Johnson

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.” 
― William Faulkner

“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well” 
― Agatha Christie


CONTESTS AND OTHER SUNDRY ITEMS


William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing contest
2014 Competition opens January 1st..
http://www.wordsandmusic.org/competition.html


The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
All entries must be postmarked July 1st, 2014. There is a $10 fee to enter but, hey, it's the Saturday Evening Post. Worth a look.
http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest


No Entry Fee Poetry Writing Contests
A good list of contests with some hefty prizes to be had. 







PROMPTS

All we are saying is....what? What are we saying? What does peace and/or equality mean to you? Does it mean equal wages for men and women? Does it mean foiling terrorist plots overseas? Maybe it means a silent prayer in an empty church, a quiet spring morning spent in a breakfast nook with a cuppa and the paper..give me your interpretation in prose or poetry..your choice 













Written Prompts


Imagine you are a falling leaf...where would you go, where would you land? Would you be blowing about in a blustery autumn gale, drifting gently along to land on a sidewalk. Raked into a pile of your leaf friends?

A charm bracelet is often filled with personal meaning for the wearer. Describe your charm bracelet and what it would have hanging from it...of course a charm bracelet would be a bit girly for our writer guys....how about what mementos you might have in your wallet...




See you January 2nd!

Remember a writer writes, always.

Happy New Year!

Debbie




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GFWG Newsletter for the Dec 19th Meeting

   The writer's group is next week. Excitement! Even the newsboy on the corner feels the hairs on the back of his neck prickle when the rush of a writer en route soars by.
      
     Hey, Want a short SHORT fiction competition? 500 words or less? The Gover Prize for Very Short Fiction is upon us.
     The deadline is January 10. We're meeting next Thursday the 19th, so if you brought it in THEN, you could get feedback from us for it when we meet again on January 2nd, and so you could clean it up and submit it. What a great idea, huh? You betcha. See the bottom of this email for details.*
     Want prompts? Okay. We got prompts.
1. Things around town keep disappearing
2. Two groups of knights have a mounting quarrel which looks like it is about to turn to bloodshed, write how someone steps in and resolves it through talk/diplomacy
3. A suspenseful horror story/scene which centers around holiday lights
4. you haven't decorated the house for the holidays, but the neighbors just did. You realize they stole your decorations you do it.
5. children have overthrown adults and are ruling the house/company/country/world
    For poetic forms, this time let's prompt the Bop.
The Bop is a form of poetic argument consisting of three stanzas. For specifics, go here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5773
  
     That's it. See you next Thursday, the 19th, 7:00, in the Crandall Room!


     * The Gover Prize, named after groundbreaking author Robert Gover, awards an annual prize and publication in Best New Writing for the best short fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries limited to 500 words or less.

     The Gover Prize includes:
     $250 to Gover Prize Winner.
      Finalists published in the upcoming Best New Writing edition.
Please use our submission portal to enter your story: http://www.bestnewwriting.com/BNWgover.html
or visit www.BestNewWriting.com for details.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GFWG Newsletter

Hard to believe another year is almost at an end. The holidays are nearly upon us. Thanksgiving is a particular favorite of mine. I mean who doesn't like to stuff themselves with good food...(supermodels may now put their hands down)...I'll try not to be trite with the writing prompts this time but I admit I am a slave to the conventional..




QUOTABLES Words to shift your mind into overdrive...

I write for the same reason I breathe ... because if I didn't, I would die.” 
 Isaac Asimov

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” 
Anne Frank

Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.” 
Joss Whedon

Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” 
―Stephen King





CONTESTS AND OTHER SUNDRY ITEMS


NanoWriMo

It's that time again. Make the pledge to write a little each day, see how close you can come to the 50k goal.

L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future

A contest for writers and illustrators alike. It looks to be held every year though I couldn't find any dates on it. Still worth a look.

Writing in Wonderland
With contests ranging from Sitcom writing to Screenplay writing, this blog has a little something for everyone, including such whimsical challenges as a Halloween poetry writing contest sponsored by the Salem Writing Arts foundation and a link to the annual Amazon Novel writing contest.
http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2013/06/17-writing-contests.html





AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT



CINDY DEES
First published in 2002, author of 40+ romantic suspense, thriller, and epic fantasy novels, Cindy is a great source of inspiration to me. She interacts with her readers and fellow writers constantly, giving advice, writerly wisdom, taking polls, and answering questions, something I find quite refreshing in such a self-absorbed world. Check her out here: https://www.facebook.com/cindydeesauthor
and here: http://cindydees.com/






PROMPTS
I feel there's a story in this photo prompt of a graveyard overlooking a farm in Fort Ann, NY. It almost prompts me to write about it myself...but I have way too many stories on my plate as it is...the rest of you, however, have at it!






Written Prompts


Okay, remember what I said about being trite? Wellll, because it's November....write a short piece, poetry, prose, what have you...about what you're thankful for (god, sounds like I'm right back in fourth grade..) I'll just leave this here....


Write a one shot about the one that got away....the turkey that is.....try to imagine what the lucky gobbler is thinking....


Imagine, now this can go either way, imagine if you were able to look out a window and see into the future or the past. Describe what you would see, the setting, the people, how they are dressed, what vehicles they're using, their clothes. What if someone from the past were to look out a window and see 2013, how would they describe it? You get the picture...any form is fine. The key here is to put yourself in someone else's shoes..

Until November

Keep on keeping on...

Debbie