Here’s a brief recap of our October meeting:
- Our word of the month is Tergiversation, which Merriam-Webster defines as: evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement.
- October’s writing tip by Matt S.:
“Learn the rules of good writing… then learn when and how to break them.” It’s very important to bend and break the writing rules because that leads to interesting writing when done right. For example, variety in word choice is a good thing because it helps keep writing from getting stale and boring. However, when trying to make a particular point, or bring about emphasis in a specific way or with a specific purpose, repeated words can be an attention getter. I wanted to share this with the group so that everyone can share what rules they like to bend or break for effect, and why.
“Laugh at your own jokes.” Very simply, if you don’t find your joke funny why would anyone else? And this can be extrapolated to every other aspect of writing. If you write a sad event and don’t feel sad for your character or are saddened by their reaction, then why should your reader feel it? In other words, allow your emotion in to your writing and the readers will feel it too.
- Members Cindy and Jeremy shared their writing and received feedback from the group.
Here’s what to expect at our November meeting:
- We’ll meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at Spencer Road Library Branch in Houck Professional Room 210 (for directions to the library, click here)
- Our writing tip will be brought in by Matt U.
- Our word of the month will be brought in by Jeremy.
- Our prompt for November is “Something You’re Grateful For.” Participants will bring in any piece of writing, maximum of two pages in length, that they feel conveys the prompt.
- Amanda will bring in the writing prompt for December.
- Diane and Matt U. will read from their work-in-progress and receive feedback from other members of the group.
Our group has grown quickly! At this time, Pen to Paper is closed to any new members or attendees. Non-members wishing to attend one of our meetings should email email@example.com to be added to a waiting list.