What is keeping you from the wild uninhibited prose that is the first step in your journey to good writing? For most of us the problem is perfectionism. Anne Lamott says, “Perfectionism… is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.” Who is your inner critic, and why does he demand perfection? Do you subconsciously believe that he saves you from being vulnerable or making a fool of yourself? What are you really afraid of? In this class we’ll answer these questions and find ways to exorcise these voices from our heads. We’ll also discuss how we can revise later in the writing process without allowing our critique of our own work to become harmful. I’ll pass out a checklist you can use in the future to help you evaluate and revise your writing after you get your first draft onto the page.
Great dialogue is riveting. It holds a reader tight and won’t let go. It can characterize, advance the plot, set the scene, and foreshadow what’s to come. And it should almost always do at least two of these things at once. We’ll study different types and uses of dialogue, and the best ways to create characters with their own voices. Then we’ll do a series of writing exercises to generate the sort of dialogue that keeps readers turning the pages.
Let’s Talk About Dialogue, Plymouth Library, Monday, September 24th 7 p.m.
Write Like There’s Nobody Criticizing Excelsior Library, Thursday, October 25th 6:30 p.m.
Write Like There’s Nobody Criticizing Penn Lake Library (Bloomington), Saturday, November 10th 10 a.m.