New Schedule Reminder

Get ready, writers! Here’s all the new stuff kicking off this week. Join in as much as you can – you don’t want to miss any of this! 

OUR NEW SCHEDULE STARTS THIS WEEK!!

— SEPT 6 | TUESDAY | STUDY HALL

Two locations (Central & NW) [click here]

  • Starts SEPTEMBER 6
    • 9:30am Tuesday morning
    • 6:30pm Tuesday evening
      • NW Campus6060 W. Bell Rd, Glendale 85308
  • After Women’s Bible study
    • During breakout sessions, there will be a slot for Abba’s Writers!
    • It’s a chance to actually write!
  • CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED 🙂 Wooooo hoooo!!!!!

— SEPT 7 | WEDNESDAY | INK SHOP

  • Starting September 7, 2016
    • Central campus12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • NO CHILDCARE
    • Room 204
    • 11am-1:30pm

— SEPT 10 | SATURDAY | ROUGH DRAFT

2nd Saturday—Rough Draft 2

  • Starting September 10, 2016
    • Central campus12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • NO CHILDCARE
    • Room 204
    • 10am-12:30pm

_________________


STUDY HALL: Time to Write

Tuesday  |  Sept 6 |  Study Hall  | Morning & Night

– 9:30am | Central campus12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029

– 6:30pm  | NW Campus6060 W. Bell Rd, Glendale 85308

A lab offered by Abba’s Writers, Study Hall is a time to come and ask questions about the writing process and meet other writers. But most importantly for any writer, it’s a chance to actually write!

A time where child care is offered, and a quiet room to come and WRITE! Don’t miss it! 

_________________


INK SHOP: Goal-Setting Workshop

Topic: How to Set Goals as Writers | A lab of setting those goals together 

Wednesday  |  Sept 7 |  Ink Shop  |  11am – 1:30pm

12612 North Black Canyon Highway  |  Room 204

This Ink Shop is a GREAT kick off to the new school/fiscal year! We are going to be focusing on GOALS. What are goals? Why do we need to have goals? 

Come prepared to talk out and write out where you want to be in the next month, six months, and year. Then we will work on the smaller goals: how do we get to the next step? What is the first thing to work on?

Bring paper, pen, and your heart to see what God is going to do in your life over this next year!

(Billi Joy will be out of town, so Madison will be hosting this Ink Shop! Don’t miss it!)

_________________


ROUGH DRAFT 2 (2nd Saturday)

Saturday  |  Sept 10 |  Rough Draft  |  10am – 12:30pm

12612 North Black Canyon Highway  |  Room 204 | Snacks in Atrium Beforehand

Several women’s groups will be gathering on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Come celebrate creative classes with other women. Bring your work to share, or come to fellowship. 

Can’t wait to see you all! 

Advertisements

Abba’s Writers: New Semester Starting [Changes PLEASE READ!!]

ABBA’S WRITERS  EXCITING CHANGES  STARTING SEPT 6 

Hi Abba’s Writers!

There are so many exciting things coming to us this year. In the transition, we have some growing pains too, but together, we can come around one another to help fill in the gap.

There is going to be a new schedule starting in September along with a whole new aspect of Abba’s Writers! 

We have been praying for the Real Jesus to work some mighty ways in and around all our writers, and we hope that this will help in that road and goal. #LetsDoThis

Powerfully His,

Billi Joy Carson

_________________________________________________________

WHAT IS STAYING THE SAME?

1st Wednesday—Ink Shop (Billi Joy)

  • Central Campus
  • Room 204
  • 11am-1:30pm

3rd Wednesday—Rough Draft (Madison)

  • Central Campus
  • Room 204
  • 11am-1:30pm

_________________________________________________________

WHAT IS NEW?

Women’s Bible study is starting new semester at Calvary

  • September 6th (Tuesdays 9 am / 6 pm)
  • September 11th (Sunday 9am)

1. STUDY HALL*

  • Starts SEPTEMBER 6
    • 9am Tuesday morning (Central campus)
    • 6pm Tuesday evening (NW Campus)
  • After Women’s Bible study
    • During breakout sessions, there will be a slot for Abba’s Writers!
    • It’s a chance to actually write!
  • *CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED 🙂

2. MONDAY NIGHT ROUGH DRAFT **[Changes]**

Due to some schedule changes and manpower, Calvary will no longer be having any classes on either campus on Mondays.

**Monday Night becoming Saturday Morning**

Important: There is ONE MORE MONDAY NIGHT ROUGH DRAFT MEETING!

    • August 22, 2016, 6pm, Central Campus, Room #204

Because of the schedule changes and life’s hectic filter, we are heartbroken to be losing our precious April as one of the leaders! Come and show her your love on Aug 22!

_________________________________________________________

NEW CURRENT SCHEDULE

1st Wednesday—Ink Shop (Billi Joy)

  • Starting September 7, 2016
    • Central Campus
      • 12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • NO CHILDCARE
    • Room 204
    • 11am-1:30pm

2nd Saturday—Rough Draft 2 (Madison or Billi Joy)

  • Starting September 10, 2016
    • Central Campus
      • 12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • NO CHILDCARE
    • Room 204
    • 10am-12:30pm

3rd Wednesday—Rough Draft 3 (Madison)

  • Starting September 21, 2016
    • Central Campus
      • 12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • NO CHILDCARE
    • Room 204
    • 11am-1:30pm

Tuesdays 9 AM—Study Hall (Billi Joy)

  • Starting September 6, 2016
    • Central Campus
      • 12612 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix 85029
    • CHILDCARE PROVIDED
    • Room UNKNOWN
    • 9am Bible Study starts
    • Group meets after teaching

Tuesdays 6 PM—Study Hall (Madison)

  • Starting September 6, 2016
    • NW Campus
      • 6060 W. Bell Rd, Glendale 85308
    • CHILDCARE PROVIDED
    • Room UNKNOWN
    • 6pm Bible Study starts
    • Group meets after teaching

May 4th Ink Shop — Guest Speaker: Ginger Scott

Ink Shop | May 4 | Wed | 11am-1:30pm

Q4fUkK8x Ginger Scott

[Guest-speaking Topic: How to Market Yourself as an Author]

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, and In Your Dreams.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals, and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at LittleMissWrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

GINGER SCOTT’S BOOKS

Waiting on the Sidelines

Going Long

Blindness

How We Deal With Gravity

This Is Falling

You and Everything After

The Girl I Was Before

Wild Reckless

Wicked Restless

In Your Dreams

FIND HER BOOKS

Amazon & Kindle |  Each Book’s Playlist on Spotify |

CONTACT & FOLLOW

| Email | LittleMissWrite.com | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest |

Amazon Author Page | Goodreads | Instagram |

APRIL 30th: Twenty-Two-Author Book Launch!

2016 Multi-Author Book Launch

Live music, food, raffle prizes every hour, face painting, family fun! Autographs & author interviews!


W H O ?


 

  • Abba’s Writers 2016 Anthology: Fruit of the Spirit [*Seventeen-author compilation]
  • Paul Holland: Penny the Brave
  • Ethan Russell Erway: Bleeding Star Chronicles Collection 3
  • J.D. Scott: The Restoration of Anahera Daniels
  • H. Squires: Rogue & The Omphalos of Delphi
  • BW4C Poet: Silver Linings [pre-sales]

W H A T ?


 

  • Come and support the authors on this amazing launch
  • Twenty-two authors and seven books
  • Invite your neighbors, friends, family, strangers…
  • Have a blast!
  • [Print the flyer: 2016 Multi-Author Book Launch]

W H E R E ?


 


W H E N ?


 

  • April 30, 2016
  • Saturday
  • 9am-1pm

 

 

Ink Shop: April 6 | Tara Majuta & Open Questions for the Editor

MG_84412-e1426806510161Guest Speaker: Tara Majuta

TopicMake Yourself Stand Out as an Author (at events)

Don’t miss this amazing Ink Shop and learning opportunity! Tara is sharing how to make yourself stand out as an author at events—and she is a master at this craft. From small tricks and easy tips to strategies in your approach, she will pour her wisdom into all!

 

Our Ink Shop Lab: will be open questions for the editor and the top 20 questions most frequently asked. Come prepared to learn, take notes, and be launched toward success!

See you all there!

Avoiding 10 Setbacks in Screenwriting

Guest Blog by Cori Orlowski

2015 Orlowski, Cori HeadshotI grew up having a swimming pool in the backyard of every home my parents ever purchased. I was taught how to swim at a young age, and therefore was raised with a healthy respect for the pool and never to pee in it. I knew how to swim before I knew how to walk, which is why it was so scary when I first decided to jump off the diving board. I slowly walked toward the end of the board, testing the white scratchy surface beneath my toes. I watched as the blue watery abyss grew larger in front of me. I could hear my mom below telling me to jump, but I couldn’t see her. I looked behind me to the safety of land.

“Come on you big baby, just jump,” my mom called encouragingly. I adjusted the bright orange floatation devices on my arms, and I wondered what was going to happen. Why should I jump? What am I trying to prove? This isn’t a good idea.

The first time I decided to tackle screenwriting, I got the same butterflies in my stomach. Would I make it back to the surface if I gave this a try? Will there be anyone there to help me? Where are my floaties? Why should I even try this?

I was approached to write a screenplay for an acquaintance that wanted to make a movie. Initially, I was overtaken by the excitement of writing a movie, watching it filmed, and eventually seeing it on the big screen. I’d become instantly rich and famous, so I immediately said “Of course, I’d love too! No sweat. I do this type of thing every day.” As I walked away, I realized I had no clue what I was doing. I had never written a screenplay before. What had I just done? After crying alone in a corner for 9.67 hours, I began researching a way out of this hole my ego had put me in.

If you find yourself in a similar corner, or maybe you’re just curious about screenwriting, here are a few tips that might help you avoid some of the setbacks I faced.

  1. Get screenwriting software. The first screenplay I ever wrote was in Word. It was the worst two months of writing I’d ever experienced. It took two months, because I spent the whole time hitting TAB and ENTER and throwing small objects at the wall in frustration. If you have money to spend, the best software out there is Final Draft. This software is approved and accepted by Hollywood—if that’s where you’re planning to send your script. If you’re looking to save some cash until you know that you are meant to be the next Orson Welles, I suggest downloading the free software called Celtx. It’ll do the trick until you’re ready to take the financial plunge. Scriptwriting software is the best “floaty” a screenwriter can have.
  1. Follow the rule. A general rule of thumb for screenplays is that one page of a script is equal to one minute of film. This is helpful to know in advance so you can judge the length of your movie or TV show. No need to write 230 pages for a two-hour film, because no one will attempt reading it.
  1. Only write what you can see and hear. I started out writing novels—where I could share a character’s thought process to keep the story moving. Not being able to write what was on my characters’ minds was a bit of a pitfall for me when I first started writing scripts. Ways to bend this rule: use a character voice-over, a flashback, a dream, or instigate the use of text bubbles above their heads like in the show Sherlock Holmes (well done, BBC). Try to find ways to show, not tell. 
  1. Read other scripts. Some writers post their scripts online. Review them to help you determine acceptable format. How much action vs. dialogue should you write? Do you need to say anything about camera angles? What does V.O., O.S., and CONT’D stand for? Reading other scripts will equip you with the script lingo. You’ll need to know the language of script writing if you are planning to write with it. Separate yourself from the amateurs!
  1. Outline your work before getting started. Some people like to wing it. Those people also think skydiving without a backup parachute is perfectly safe. Outlining your work is helpful in two ways. First: it helps you determine the pacing of your story, one line at a time. You can see a broader picture of your script as a whole project before you even start. This allows you to make adjustments beforehand, instead of moving large groups of dialogue around after the fact. Second: when you are in the middle of a scene, it can be easy to forget what scene you had planned next. Having the outline is a great way to focus on each scene individually, without worrying about what is coming up. This is helpful for writing novels as well, but really helpful in screenwriting, because you are working in a faster-paced style of storytelling.
  1. Take advantage of the fact that half your writing is dialogue. Grammatical rules cannot only be broken in scriptwriting, they can be tossed into the trash. Why? Because you are writing dialogue. Last time I checked, “We don’t speaketh as though we are the human incarnate of The Chicago Manual of Style (and Grace) blah blah blah. (Sorry editors, yee haw writers!) Write the way your characters would speak, and forget the proper grammar. Still use spellcheck, just because it’s the right thing to do.
  1. Have people you trust read the screenplay and ask them for feedback. Having someone review your work will save you the embarrassment of hearing: “You’ll never work in this town again, ya filthy animal.” I’d rather hear my shortcomings from a friend who is trying to help. If you hear it from the producer that you’re trying to impress, than you just peed in the pool, my friend.
  1. Copyright your work before sending it to anyone. Most people won’t want to get into a lawsuit over your script, but its just plain smart to protect your hard work. You can submit work online to the U.S. Copyright Office and it can take up to three months to get it back. If you don’t have that kind of time, you can pay for a rushed copyright. Other options are copyrighting it through the WGA (Writers Guild of America), or mail yourself a certified copy, and don’t open it. The latter options may not stand up in court, but if you’re trying to beat a deadline, you may just have to use one of those options while you wait for the official copyright to come in the mail.
  1. Submit a query letter/email when presenting your script to a producer. Research the producer online, and look for their email on their personal blog or website. You may even find direct comments from them on their submission standards. I sent a script to a producer who I discovered didn’t like “Taglines.” Normally, a tagline is standard in a query letter, but I removed them on his letter, because he had expressed that he had no need for them. There are a lot of websites out there that give advice on query letters—do your research. Be sure to have an editor or someone with amazing grammar skills read your letter before submitting. You just spent months writing a script, and you want the producer to read it. If your letter has spelling errors, or is outside industry format, he won’t even look at the script. Do you watch movies when the trailer stinks? Neither do producers. The query letter is your script’s trailer. Make it great.
  1. Look into submissions legalities. It’s a standard rule in Hollywood that when you are submitting a show script, the writers and producers of that show will not look at any writing or scripts directly related to the show they are producing. They are opening themselves up to a lawsuit by reading your work. How do you become a writer for a TV show if they won’t read your script? You send them something unrelated but similar. If you are hoping to write an episode for Continuum, which is a science-fiction cop show, then send them a script from Almost Human, which is also a science-fiction cop show. What they are looking for is your ability to write and your ability to tell a story in that genre. Don’t waste your time sending in an episode of the same show you want to write for, as it will be ignored to avoid a lawsuit. This may not apply to movies as they are usually on their own, but if the movie is a series like the new Mission Impossible movies, you’ll want to follow the same rule just to be safe. Write your episode anyway, it can’t hurt, because they may eventually reach out to you with a contract offer. It would be good to have your script ready to go.

Jumping into screenwriting can be just like jumping off the diving board for the first time, but the truth is you’ll never know if you can do something, until you try it. Give it your best shot. I did jump off the diving board that day. It might have taken 20 minutes to convince me. It might have taken a floatation device check and re-check. There may have been a bribe of candy involved. But…I jumped. Not because my mom called me a baby or bribed me with a packet of Sixlets. I wanted to prove to myself I could. I wanted to show that I was able to take this step on my own. So, I jumped.

I’d like to encourage you with the words of my mom, “Come on you big baby, just jump.” Now you have a few tips to help you get started, tips I didn’t have as I sat down to write my first script. Having multiple scripts under my belt, I’m here to tell you it can be done. You are ready to swim in the pool of screenwriting, and it is a ton of fun.

Have any feedback not mentioned above? Feel free to share it in the comments below, so that others can avoid spending excessive time in the screenwriter’s learning curve.

Follow Cori on Twitter

Do I Need a Literary Agent?

unnamed-1Guest Blog by April Chapman

I have been contemplating, and praying, about which publishing route I should take with my book. I know I am not alone, and many others in our group are making decisions regarding their work as well. It doesn’t take long into the process to realize writing the book was only the first step toward an ultimate goal of putting it in the hands of readers. There are a multitude of publishing options these days.

One of the options I have been exploring is using a literary agent. Literary agents are agents who represent an author and their work to traditional publishing houses, film studios, and theatre producers. Agents have contacts and a wealth of industry knowledge. They will represent you during contract negotiations, offer editorial guidance, and help with a marketing plan. One of the main reasons to consider this option is because many of the traditional publishing houses require your work to come through a literary agent.

Landing a literary agent, however, is not an easy feat. Literary agents are paid through a percentage of what your book makes, approximately 10% to 20% of sales. This means you spend no money out-of-pocket for your agent, but it also means there is stiff competition to be chosen by an agent.

Agents can receive anywhere between hundreds to thousands of query letters a month. Often, you will only hear back if you are one of the few chosen by the agent to submit your work. Set your expectations realistically, to avoid becoming upset over a lack of communication on their part. Besides, just because one specific agent wasn’t interested, doesn’t mean there isn’t another who is. Agents usually focus on particular genres.

One way to find agents who may be interested in your book, would be to look into who represents some of your favorite books in the same genre. Reach out to them by sending a query letter with the exact specifications they request. You can usually find these guidelines on their websites. There is no such thing as a successful generic query letter…put in the time to customize it and give yourself a fighting chance.

One of the main reasons I am considering the literary-agent route is because I am well aware of my weaknesses, such as procrastination. I also don’t want to invest the time and energy to become an expert at everything. I would rather work with an already-knowledgable partner who is invested in the book’s success. One thing is for sure, I will keep you all posted.

Here is a link to an article I found online at Writer’s Digest titled: “Answers to 14 Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask Literary Agents.” I highly recommend reading it, as it was both informative AND super funny.

Story Ideas and Inspirations

Guest Blog by AW Member:

Mary Riley

Riley, Mary Headshots-9 copyBefore trying to come up with an idea for a story, I need to decide what genre I want to write for—such as mystery, science fiction, or fantasy. Writers say to write want I know, what I like to read, or the types of shows I like to watch. I love to read and watch mysteries, and I watch detective/crime, sci-fi, and paranormal shows.

Where Do I Keep My Ideas?

I use both a notebook to write the idea down, and then I note it on the computer. It includes a brief description of what the story will be. I may not have an idea for a story, but I could have a title for a book. I write it down. It’s still an idea—and can turn into a book.

I created two lists: one for story ideas and the other for book titles. I have 5-7 book titles and story ideas. With the book titles, I include the story idea if I have it; if not, just the title.

Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere at Any Time

I’m asked where I get my story ideas. The story I am currently working on came from a movie I was watching—it was not only a mystery, but it involved time travel to the past.

Ideas pop into my head while I am having conversations with people, driving, watching a television show or movie, or from a dream I’ve had. That’s what is fun about getting story ideas; you never know where they will come from.

Sometimes, I let my mind wander—or daydream. My thoughts float around as I’m sitting next to a window in Starbucks, having coffee and watching people go by. What are they doing? I ask myself why someone is sitting in their car and not getting out. Maybe something has happened? This could be the beginning of a story idea. What about the grocery store? Two people are arguing over the produce. Story ideas.

Writing prompts are another great way to come up with story ideas. I find them on the online TV Guide’s description of movies and television shows; I use my personal life experiences or someone I know; I might even use a conversation I overheard in a restaurant. I am observant about what goes on around me. As I am observing people, I might want to make a note about them. It will help when I need an idea for a character.

Besides writing, which I love to do, I am also a wedding officiant and perform weddings. Many interesting things happen before and during the ceremony, and I have told some stories to my family and friends. They said I should write a book about them. Duh, I’m a writer and I didn’t even think about it. I have now come up with a book title and will be writing the stories down.

Write Every Day

It is important to write something every day. As I am writing this, ideas are popping into my head. Sometimes, ideas will come when I am working on my story, especially if I am not sure where I want to take the next chapter.

Ideas are like little seeds called:

  • What if?
  • If only?
  • I wonder?
  • Wouldn’t it be interesting?

As a writer, I plant, water, and feed them. As time goes by, they start to grow. From there, I have the beginning of one story that will lead me to another and another and another . . . until I say, “Wait a minute! They are coming so fast, what will I do with all of these ideas?”

That’s a good question. What will I do?

Write.

 

 

First-Page Mistakes That Make Agents Stop Reading

Guest Blog by AW Member:

Madison Farrell

Headshots-61 copy

The first page of your manuscript—no matter the genre—is crucial to get right.

It’s a first impression, a solid handshake, an invitation into your thoughts. Miss the mark, and the agent you’re pitching to sets it down before even finishing those first few hundred words. Ouch.

Naturally, every writer wants to avoid that catastrophe, but how? How do you engage a reader in just a few lines while telling a story and keeping their attention from the first page on?

The best answer: figure out what NOT to do.

Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, there are certain pitfalls any writer can step into with the first page of a manuscript.

After attending a panel of three agents’ feedback on the first pages of over 100 writers, I found out what not to do. There were seven mistakes I noticed weren’t just repeated by nearly every writer in the room, but really frustrated the agents, as well.

The good news? These errors are easy to correct and prevent. Doing so, gives a leg up on the thousands of manuscripts pouring into agents every day.

Top 7 Mistakes on a First Page

  1. Real(istic) Dialogue

If you have a book where people talk—then this is important!

Agents and readers alike do not want to hear contrived or tinny conversations. They want real. They want to be gripped by what you’re saying through your characters.

  • Research
  • Listen
  • Observe

With just a bit of extra effort your dialogue can go from blasé to blazing!

  1. Show, Don’t Tell

This is all about making the reader care. If you haven’t got them caring and interested in the first page why would they turn to the second?

As humans, we connect through emotions and humor. That’s what every reader is looking for—whether they know it or not—and certainly what every agent is after.

Make those connections:

  • Emote
  • Paint a word picture
    • What you’re seeing
    • What you’re hearing
    • What you’re feeling, etc.

Don’t tell it. Show it.

  1. Repetitive Description

In crafting those words pictures, and painting a vivid tale, we can get stuck on the same metaphors, similes, and adjectives.

Train yourself to look out for those words you lean heavily on and then avoid them.

  • Don’t fall into the rut of repetitive wording
  • Use a thesaurus!
  • Read other authors’ word pictures for inspiration
  • Use your descriptions in harmony with dialogue.

Too much description, even well written, will lose the reader or agent by having the opposite effect of what you intended. It removes the reader from the story, instead of immersing them in it.

There is such a thing as too much description.

  1. Talk With Your Reader

No matter what message you want to get across, you want to be sure it actually gets across.

Talking down to your readers, making it seem like you know more or better than them, is the surest way to lose them.

  • Talk with them
  • Share personal experiences
  • Be on their side, instead of above them in the judgment seat

This is more for nonfiction, but still applies to everyone.

  1. Gut-feelings

We often claim to go by what our gut tells us. It’s natural then, to write our characters doing the same. Over-using the concept of bowel-related imagery, however, is an easy writing rut to fall into that quickly becomes common and mundane for your reader.

When the agent panel commented on this problem, they said it wasn’t just a problem for the writers in that room. It was a common issue they were seeing in many of the manuscripts sitting in their inboxes.

The way to fix it?

  • Dig deeper
  • Challenge yourself in your writing to show a more unique image
  • Do away with butterflies and nausea—at least for your first page
  1. Hooked or Confused?

Any first page is all about the hook. How can I, as a writer, land readers for an entire story with just one page?

Unfortunately, first pages often attempt to do this by confusing the reader; they do this so thoroughly, however, they don’t want to keep reading. They feel lost and cheated. Not good.

There is a fine line to walk as a writer between suspense and confusion. It’s a challenge, but you must walk it for the sake of your readers.

Agent advice: You don’t want your reader confused for more than four lines.

  1. “Piercing”

This may seem like a small one, but as we all know, if something bothers us…we don’t want to see it.

The same is true for agents when they see piercing used as an eye adjective.

  • It’s been done…
  • And then done some more…
  • Find something new
  • Pick up a thesaurus (I can’t stress that enough)

Make your character — and their eyes — stand out because they’re well written…not because you just annoyed the agent so badly they tossed your manuscript in the bin.

Now that you know what NOT to do, get out there and do the right stuff!

  • Show, don’t tell
  • Whip out stupendous, new adjectives
  • Engage your readers and characters in realistic dialogue
  • No matter what, KEEP WRITING

Don’t let this advice freeze you up. Mistakes happen, but the biggest one of all is to let your mistakes stop you from becoming the writer and author you were born to be.

 

August Ink Shop: How to Critique Writing | Guest Speaker: Pamela Tracy

Abba’s Writers
Wednesday  |  Aug 5  |  Ink Shop  |  11am – 1:30pm
 
 

Guest Speaker:

There will be a book signing after Ink Shop.
Consider supporting our Guest Speaker by buying a book for yourself or as a fabulous gift!

 

AW 4-Minute Speech:

unnamedMadison Farrell will be giving her four-minute speech as her practice-time for authors, introducing us to both her writing and herself as an author. Later this month, she will have a blog posted on abbaswriters.com.
 
If you are a member of Abba’s Writers, and want to sign up to practice a speech and have a blog published, contact our InkShop leader, Billi Joy Carson.
 

Ink Shop:

How to Critique Writing: Both Giving & Receiving

PRINTABLES: 

Hello All! 
 
It is time for Ink Shop again! I am really excited about this class in particular. We will be going over the basics and a little bit of advanced work on how to critique writing. We will be discussing the two sides of critique: giving and receiving.
 
Please be sure to print off the Ink-Shop Printables and bring them with you. This class will be interactive. Bring your Ink-Shop notebook, a pen, paper, and an attitude to learn. 
 
After Ink Shop, I will be heading over to In-N-Out Burger [Peoria & 28th Ave]. Anyone who would like to join me—you are welcome! It is an excellent time of fellowship and sharing. You can order a meal or a drink, or just come to fellowship. All are welcome.
What a blessing! Looking forward to seeing you all this Wednesday!

 

Billi Joy Carson 

 

unnamed