Monthly Archives: May 2014

Chapter Eight

From our writer’s blog… my post today.

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

When is a flashback not a flashback?

When is a chapter not a chapter?

When is nothing okay for a chapter?

Why won’t I just rename Chapter Nine to Chapter Eight?

Why do dominos fall better if they are all facing the same way?

Thick crust or thin crust Pizza?

Are boneless wings better than chicken Mc’nuggets?

Chapter Eight: Is it magical?

When will we find out the true story of Willie’s death?

Chapter Nine: Is it just being stubborn or are there reasons beyond our knowing?

Do you love your characters?

Is the dog the big attraction?

Nine is divine – or is it?

Eight is greight. Not a question.

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Inspiration – Where do you get yours?

My entry today on our writers blog.

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

Sometimes it actually occurs to me to look for a little inspiration, usually when I’m bogged down in a thick muddy whirlpool. I think some of the choicest nuggets of inspiration come from writers writing about writing. And breaking that down a little further, selected quotes from authors can be gold (or fools gold).

We had a featured speaker at our LCWG meeting last Friday, Alison Bailey, who is a MFA candidate at Goddard College, Port Townsend. Her talk was: “Thinking about Plot, Middle and Ending” and she brought this handout that I will share it with you.

Selected from a handout curated by Nicola Morris and distributed at a workshop entitled “Plot v Story for Fiction Writers and Memoirists” on February 18, 2013 at Goddard College’s Port Townsend MFA Residency.

E.M. Forster: “The chopped off length of the tapeworm of time… a narrative of events…

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How’s This Sound?

From our writers blog…

Crackin' The WIP

Once again my wife is contributing as my guest blogger, because I like what she writes and it keeps me from talking to the dogs too much.

By Lee Bradbury

“Hey! How’s this sound?”

I don’t know how many times in any given week my spouse asks this of me. I stop what I’m doing and listen to a piece of dialogue or a description of action he’s written. Now — I’ve probably listened to or read it in some form or another a hundred times before, but I do it again.

Or, I’ll be in the middle of writing a business letter or crafting a public relations piece for a client and I’ll turn from my desk and face his desk and ask of him, “So what do you think of this?”

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Stuck in the Middle

My post from our writers blog…

Crackin' The WIP

by P.A.Thompson

I guess this is one of the costs of pantsing your story, right now I am Stuck in the Middle (more cowbell!).

Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.

And by you, I mean my WiP.

As I’ve said before, my WiP started as a short short in response to a writing prompt on one of my teachers’ blog (My entry is a few screens down under PAT). I liked the characters, Marty and the dog, so I wanted to expand.

Who is Marty? Hmmm, don’t know yet. Okay, then where is he going? Don’t know that either, probably nowhere. Yeah, that’s good, he’s going nowhere.

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