Monthly Archives: April 2014

Guest Blog: Where You Goin’ With This?

What my guest blogger wrote on CtW

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Once again my wife is contributing as my guest blogger, because I can’t get my dog Bode to write – P.A.Thompson

By Lee Bradbury

I have been a story teller for as long as I can remember. From the beginning, I remember as a small child telling elaborate and exciting tall tales to my grandmother, my dolls, my dog — anyone who would sit still long enough for me to corner with a good yarn.

In my head, my stories all have a beginning, a middle and an end. I don’t remember ever coming up with a story and not being able to finish it. At the age of ten, I would sit with my friend Debbie and we would “write” a weekly newspaper. This was something that we wrote long hand and there was only one copy, but we would pass it around to our neighbors and they could…

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A Focus Group

A post on our writer’s blog… about a great evening last night!

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By: P.A.Thompson

We all have our different ways of getting feedback on our writing. For some readers of this blog
it’s through CritiqueCircle.com both in public and private queues. Some of us have face to face critique groups – mine meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at the Matrix. Some of us have more intimate groups where manuscripts are exchanged through e-mail, critiqued, and then discussed online with Skype or some other video conferencing tool. Then there is the occasional ‘friend’ who has showed some interest in your writing and you share a chapter or two with them – just to gauge their interest. Which is usually on par with, “Hey, that’s pretty good, let me know how it turns out.”

This week has been pretty hectic for me and I haven’t gotten any writing or critiquing done. My brother, Mike, and his wife, Lorie, along with…

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Guest Blog: Too Good To Be True?

From our writers blog…

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By Lee Bradbury

They say you should write what you know. I agree with that. I feel you can truly write believable dialogue if you “know” your characters. And you can convey a true sense of place if you’ve actually vacationed in a rain forest, lived in a small town or visited the south of France.

This is just my opinion, of course, but I tend to write about the many towns and cities where I’ve lived and my stories are always sprinkled with actual people I’ve lived with, laughed with and loved.

That’s my dilemma.

I have a story that includes a character that is witty, thoughtful, and kind. He makes my MC feel safe and adored and loved. The dialogue between the two of them is fast paced, funny and intelligent. I absolutely revel in how they interact and how their mutual affection for each other comes through.

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“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story…”

From our writers blog…

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By     D.M. Gutierrez

“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”  –Stephen King (from an interview with Joe Fassler of The Atlantic)

Last week P.A. Thompson posted about opening lines. I threw in a few of my favorites in the comments, but I didn’t mention my own. That’s because my biggest struggle in the process of my WIP is the beginning. I’ve rewritten the opening chapter (and I mean completely rewritten it) probably 10 times.openTreasure

Should it be an epigraph? a prologue? a chapter? What is going to catch a reader’s eye the best? I really don’t know. So I’ve written it every which way I can think of. Some critiquers like it one way, others another. Some say, chuck the whole thing and start with Chapter Two.

I…

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Beginnings: What gets you hooked on a story?

This is what I wrote on our group writers blog today…

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By: P.A.Thompson

Aside from providing the first steps of a long path, a beginning has one overriding purpose: to draw the reader into the story and to hold him – Doyle McKim – Lewis County Writers Guild

I started thinking about beginnings the other day, probably because I started doing an edit of my Chapter One of ‘The Dog’. I had just finished updating Chapter Four and put it in my queue for critique. (If you want to see ‘The Dog’ and are a Critique Circle member, click here.) I have some new people in my queue so I wanted to update my earlier chapters.

Anyway, beginnings. What gets you hooked into a story? I looked up some lists of “best first lines” and picked out some that caught my attention. I’m not saying these are the best, just that they caught my attention. Some sites analyze these lines…

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