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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Recap of last month's Writing Retreat and Critique

I just wanted to share a recap of a recent writing workshop I held at Barnes & Noble last weekend for those who were not able to join us. I conduct these workshops once a month, on a Saturday, to help aspiring writers get published. If you were not able to join us, here's what you missed.

WRITING PROMPTS: Here are 4 of the 8 writing prompts I assigned taken from the :

You often hear people say, "You'll never understand another person until you've walked a day in his or her shoes." Choose a fictional character and walk a day in his or her shoes. Now write about it.

You've left town—ditching your old, miserable life—hoping to start a new life for yourself. You've given yourself a new name, fake background and style. Write about your first encounter in your new town.

The love of your life is getting married to someone else. In a last-ditch attempt to win the love of your life back, you bust into the wedding and profess your love mid-ceremony. Start your story with the line, "Don't say yes!”

You are given the opportunity to talk to one dead person and tell him one thing that you didn't get to before he passed away. Who would you pick and what would you tell him or her.

Went over the 8 Basic Writing Blunders a writer makes when writing a novel or story. You can read them all here on this link:

HOMEWORK: I assigned the writers an assignment to bring to the next workshop. Review the 8 Basic Writing Blunders. Sift through your stories and find a paragraph where you committed a similar mistake. Rewrite one of the paragraphs into a newer version. Bring it to the next session. You will read the old paragraph and read the new one to the group to see how you improved it.

You can find me on facebook under (WritingJAX) for announcements to upcoming events and happenenings. I'm also on Twitter (writingjax). Have a fabulous week!

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