“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
Tuesdays With Story Writers Mail, May 6, 2010
by Carol Shay Hornung
Note from the Editor: Hi gang. I’m jumping in to do the newsletter in May . . . Please send anything you might think would be useful. I’m aiming to have it out every Thursday, so with luck, here goes . . .
Tuesday Night at the Bookstore
Notes from Amber, 1st and 3rd
We are seven. Let’s see…yes, we have a male presence – Clayton! Now, we are eight. Woot, one more guy, Greg and finally John! And one newbie, Gwendolyn.
Pat is our facilitator for tonight!
Millie – Kim liked Zak in his hunky coat. Pat wondered if Erin’s parents would be amazed at how pretty she is or more about how grown up she looks. Millie gives us some background. Cathy was looking for more information on the debate at the end of the chapter. Clayton found lots of opportunities for detailing the relationship between Erin and her parents. Greg thought it flowed well but was looking for more drama. Nicole thought she could expand on conversations after consumption of the pot brownies.
Cathy – Millie thinks the analogies were great. Greg wants to know about beer, but doesn’t think there should be an overload of beer. John thinks we’re looking for a good story, not how to make beer. Clayton thinks some knowledge of beer should go toward solving the murder. Clayton thinks there’s opportunity for disagreement. Pat likes the characters and their dimensionality. Pat invents a new word – klugy, the opposite of elegant. John also liked the characterization of Nine. Greg thought it flowed well. (more…)