Monthly Archives: October 2015

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. … A dream you dream together is reality.”

Creative ideas on the homework suggestions of using a Mind Map for your writing were presented at our Story Circle, on October 15; they ranged from using this technique for bringing back memories to planning a (virtual) trip, and to the actual layout of a story. We had fun and learned from each other as usual.

We were happy to welcome four new people: Sandi, Diana, Mark and Kim and look forward to their return.

Sheila did the training this month. She discussed Style Sheet and their value for consistency and accuracy in your writing, particularly in the longer pieces you write. She used the material presented in a workshop at the Florida Writers Conference we attended a few weeks ago. We thank Wendy Sharp for that dynamic and information-filled presentation.

Assignment for November is Dreams (a suggested topic), as always 600 words or less, here it is.

We all have some big dreams. Win the lottery, quit my job, marry my soul mate, travel the world, etc. Some of our dreams are smaller. Finish painting the kitchen, take a weekend just for me, have one story published, etc.

Describe one of your dreams starting with – I’d learn, I’d forget, I’d invent, I’d change, etc. Title your piece and give the word count and read it to our group of loving listeners.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. … A dream you dream together is reality.” … Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams…”                                        From the song Imagine by John Lennon

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Attending Florida Writers Association Conference

A Fabulous gathering of about 500 people, writers, agents, editors, and people helping each other. I’m here with my friend, fellow writer and co-facilitator of the Story Circle Creative Writers Group in Safety Harbor, Fl., Sheila McNaughton.

I am learning good stuff, making new friends and eating great food at the Orlando Hilton. Get ready here is my big news! I gathered my courage and ‘pitched’ my book at the GONG Show in front of six agents and publishers. It took guts to put myself out there, and of the 6 of us who volunteered only two of us did not get gonged off. Phew! Wow. Later, I made my pitch to an agent, you pay $40 and get 10 minutes to sell them on the idea of representing you and your book. The agent. Carly Watters, from the PS Literary Agency, liked my pitch enough to ask me to send her my book proposal! Yoo Hoo!

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