Member’s Flash Fiction Featured with Engen Books

Teigen, a member of East Hants Writers, is featured in Engen Books’s Newsletter this week. She submitted a story to their October 2019 Flash Fiction contest. While she didn’t win fist place, Engen Books recognised her story as one of top submissions.

The story is found here: Engen Books Newsletter.

Interested in submitting a story to the flash fiction contest? They are monthly. Check them out here: Engen Books Flash Fiction Contest.

Writing Quote

Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday January 21st at 6:00 pm. Three members were in attendance: Barb M., John and Diane.

The discussions included the quality of printing done by Lulu, the writing of a Mary-Sue character, the wins and losses in a character’s arc and the current day-formula for writing books, making movies and writing songs.

The lesson on self-editing covered identifying hidden verbs in sentences. Hidden verbs is the process of turning a verb into a noun and adding another verb to the sentence for it to make sense. Hidden verbs do three things:

  1. It makes the writing sound pompous, boring and flat.
  2. It tells instead of shows, and in some cases suggests nothing really happened.
  3. It makes sentences unnecessarily longer.

EXAMPLES

  • Hidden: We will make a decision on Tuesday.
  • Uncovered: We will decide on Tuesday.
  • Hidden: She gave him a hug.
  • Uncovered: She hugged him.
  • Hidden: He’d make a more thorough assessment when he paid for the goods.
  • Covered: He’d assess him thoroughly when he paid for the goods.

The endings -ment, -tion, -sion and -ance can, but not always, indicate a verb transformed into a noun and hidden within a sentence.

EXAMPLE

  • Hidden: They made the decision to fight their way out of the castle.
  • Uncovered: They decided to fight their way out of the castle.

Homework

We read our homework assignment, which was to take the following sentence and write a story.

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.

This is the first line in the novel City of Glass by Paul Auster (1985)

Word Count Goal: 433 words.

HOMEWORK for February

Take a character from a story you’re working on right now and write a 350-word backstory for them.

Meeting Reminder

Happy New Year, everyone. The first meeting of 2020 takes place Tuesday January 21st at the Elmsdale Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

HOMEWORK

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.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

Last Sale of 2019

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (December 7th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Meeting Recap for November

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday November 19th at 6:00 pm. Four members were in attendance: Barb M., Barbara C., John and Diane. Donna popped in for 10 minutes but couldn’t stay.

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.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (October 5th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.