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October 20th Pre-Planning meeting notes

Hi, Everyone! We had a great turnout. I just thought I’d sum up what we did at our very LAST pre-writing session (I can’t believe November is so close!). We played a game called truth or fiction. Each participant got two 3×5 cards. On one card, they wrote a scene from their favorite book. On […]

Oct 9 Pre-Planning Meeting Notes

Pre-Pre-Planning Exercise: There were a number of us last night who were more than 15 minutes early, so our ever-diligent ML Tim gave us notebooks and had us write a one page impromptu short story starting with the line: If it hadn’t happened to me, I would never have believed it. We then shared them […]

October 4 Pre-Writing Session Notes

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out last night for this Pre-writing session. We had about 16 people, a good mix of the old-timers and the newbies. I thought I’d post what we did, in case any of it interests you. Our focus was on doing some brainstorming in general to warm up […]

Computer aids and novel writing

If you’re like me, I tend to carry around a notebook everywhere and jot things down as I think of them. It makes for slightly unorganized note-taking, but it’s great for brainstorming. Last year, I hadn’t really considered using the computer to manage my note-taking, but when Tim suggested Papel, a freeware program, I saw […]

Write what you love

Waaay back in the day, I took a college English course on Romance Novels. (I love a good romance novel.) One of our assignments was to write a chapter of a romance in a particular style. I wrote a chapter of a Harlequin style contemporary romance. I struggled. A lot. I got a pretty crummy […]