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“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” – Stephen King

Writing Friends . . .

A note about using reply in the yahoo groups email: Despite that you may have both a reply and a reply to all button on your own email screen (such as AOL), hitting either of those will carry your reply to everyone in the whole group. Instead, to reply to the individual person who you received an email from, look inside the text box of the email itself. It gives you two options: reply to sender or reply to group.

Also, when sending out your writing for critiques, in the email subject line, begin with 1/3 or 2/4 to indicate whether you meet with the 1st & 3rd group or 2nd & 4th group. Screen the emails you receive from the yahoo group. Delete those that do not relate to the group you attend.

Tuesday at the B&N . . .

Eleven 1st & 3rd-ers gathered around Julie Satkamp’s dining room table. John Schneller (Ch. 7 Broken) Pat Edwards suggested a Tolkein, Hobbit-like map would help readers understand the landscape. John intends to include sketches. Millie Mader and others admired the dialogue between the blind, Andon and Broken on the light, shadows, perception. Most agreed the writing needs more time period cues. Warm climate is clear. John explained mangoes and cedar trees are feasible in this place. Kane Walent noted that the “unknown” voice Broken hears must be explained by an omniscient narrator or Broken’s own thoughts.

Amber Boudreau (ch. 2 YA novel) Several praised clear voice of Moira. People felt it was unclear who the good guys are or whether her locker it a gateway to another world. Re: the principal and her enigmatic twinkling eye, Kane Walent said “It’s fun to think she might lose another day.” Julie Satkamp suggested deleting unnecessary “this/that” words. Jerry Peterson said “Three times, something almost happened. Just let it happen.” Most agreed the chapter needs more tension, less interior monologue and a tighter focus on the central question of the book/chapter.

Clayton Gill (Fishing Derby) asked for brainstorming on names, personalities and ideas for starting up the fishing derby in the river town and keeping it interesting. Most agreed the science class kids should drum up the idea instead of boring grownups downtown.

Kane Walent is reworking the names of existing characters and we discussed how to come up with them, how to gauge their effectiveness or lack thereof. Pat Edwards suggested “If you haven’t used a B name in awhile, put it in.” And someone said “stop being and editor, just write.” (more…)

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