We had a short discussion about Alice’s busy schedule, the editing of her current project and the writing of a new young adult novel. Then we talked about a photo found on Twitter regarding a local publishing company and the people who decided upon/discussed the books that would be published by the company in 2020. All 12 people were females in their 30s and 40s. We discussed how this demographic would influence their choices in accepting works to be published.
Elizabeth had sent the group a link to 43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make, and we had a brief discussion on some of these mistakes, such as “shoo-in” NOT “shoe-in” and “homed in” NOT “honed in”. John brought up one not listed: “spit and image” instead of “spitting image”. Thank you, Elizabeth.
Then we discussed automatic writing, channel writing, the genius in the wall and free style writing as opposed to plotting. We spoke about cliches and when they may be used in writing.
We read our homework assignments, which was taking the words given in The Story in the Box and writing exactly 416 words.
HOMEWORK for January
Take the following sentence and write a story containing exactly 433 words.
It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he/she was not.
NOTE: The character can be either male or female. You choose.
REMEMBER there is no meeting in December.