Tag: Monthly Meeting
Come out to our monthly meeting of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild this Thursday March 29th at College Boreal.
We meet in class M3360 on 3rd Floor beginning at 6:00 pm, meeting gets under way at 6:30 pm.
Barry Cooper will be leading the group in a discussion on dialogue in writing.
We’ll also be giving updates on the various Inner Circles and upcoming workshops with Brian Henry (April 8th) and Gail Anderson-Dargatz (July 28th).
Hope to see you there!
Check out our Facebook Group here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/SudburyWritersGuild/
Writing tips — much like inspiration — can be found almost anywhere. Every writer has thoughts on their craft and most are happy to share these. The late Elmore Leonard — author of numerous bestsellers, such as Glitz, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, and Rum Punch — limited himself to ten. He wrote the following list to explain his writing and help others looking to improve their own work.
10 tricks for good writing:
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10 — If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
October’s meeting of the SWG will be based around writing tips. Members are asked to bring tips they’ve found helpful and share them with the group. (No limit on subject — structure, ideas, even scheduling/organizational tips are welcome — but please bring between two and five total. Thanks.)