The Write Practice

I’m on the email list for a site called The Write Practice and today they sent a great, timely email about Into the Woods (the film) and using old stories and fairy tales as inspirational material for new stories and novels. Here’s a teaser from the article and a link to the ful article, and don’t forget to check out the practice exercise:

January Meeting Rescheduled to 1/16

When: Fri., January 9 January 16, 1 to 3 PM; arrive at 12:30 if you’d like enjoy lunch with the group before the meeting

Location: Lucha Cantina, in Edgebrook Center, 1641 North Alpine Road, Rockford
Lunch Details: Mexican cuisine, plus sandwiches and burgers, chili and soups, salads, lunch-time specials, margaritas and more

Meeting Topic: Character Cornerstones
We’ve discussed character creation and development in group, but what lies beneath intriguing characters and adds character-related dimension to plot? How do you begin to complicate your characters or if you’ve already started developing them, have you asked yourself about what might be missing? Do your characters, within the story context, seem like real people? Are they fully faceted crystals or flat sequins–shiny on the top but without depth? From this week’s article by MJ Bush on  “Truly strong characters are complex enough to carry the story, pull in the reader, and give a sense that there’s more going on under the surface. It’s not about being tough. It’s about being well-written. Plot can springboard off of a strong character from various “soft spots” engineered specifically to propel it forward. Those soft spots are nestled in the cornerstones.”

As always, if you want to, bring a friend to novel group or any of our other events–the more writers the better.

Future OWLS Events:

February Novel/Prose Group meeting, February 13, 2015, at Fifth Alarm in Byron, IL, note 2/13 is the second Friday

March Novel/Prose Group meeting, March 6, 2015, at Irish Rose in Rockford

April Novel/Prose Group meeting, April 3, 2015, location TBA