The Art and Craft of Writing: Words on a Page

"Books are enchanting. They are like a draught of strong wine. A good story sweeps us off our feet and carries us to true love, to far off places, to Narnia or Barsoom. With stories, we can reach others, lift them out of sorrow, sometimes even sway the course of lives, or nations.

All of us yearn to write, or we would not be here. We long to bring to vivid life those stories that burn deep within our hearts. We wise not only to see them given life but also to share them and, perhaps, touch the heart of another."

This is the introduction to The Art and Craft of Writing, the writing class for which we are currently running an Indiegogo campaign:

Introduction: Words on a Page

All writing is just words on a page.

What does this mean, and why does it matter to us? To answer that question, I must tell you a bit of a story.

When I was young, I was in awe of the ability of good authors to transport us to an entirely different life. Reading the greats was glorious but also occasionally intimidating. A good book can make us sympathize first with a frightened rabbit and then with a hungry fox. They call upon us to “burn with the bliss and suffer the sorrow of all mankind.”

I loved what I read but I despaired that I could ever accomplish anything half so wonderful. I feared I would never figure out the mystery of how my favorite authors conveyed so much.

Then one day, it struck me. Books were just words on a page. Nothing more.

If an author could accomplish something within the pages of his book, it had to be accomplished by the use of specific, individual words.

If I could figure out which words produced which effects, I could learn to do the same thing.

I remember one of the first time I figured out how to indicate an emotion indirectly. I was quite proud of myself. However, it led to an unexpectedly funny conversation with a dear family member who had some very odd beliefs—in this case, this person believed in some sort of extra sensory perception.

My family member: I perceive here that your main character is angry.

Me, delighted: Yes! I went out of my way to slip that in. So glad it worked.

My family member: No. I’m not talking about what you wrote. I am telling you that I am discerning that your character is secretly bitter about what is going on.

Me: Yes, I put that in on purpose.

My family member: No, I am telling you that I am picking this up psychically.

I didn’t win that argument, but I had successfully taken my first small steps towards using words to capture the magic that is the story.

In this class, we will consider words upon a page. We will look at how to make them work for us instead of against us, at what kind of words we need to put down to get the effects we desire to achieve.

Books are enchanting. They are like a draught of strong wine. A good story sweeps us off our feet and carries us to true love, to far off places, to Narnia or Barsoom. With stories, we can reach others, lift them out of sorrow, sometimes even sway the course of lives, or nations.

All of us yearn to write, or we would not be here. We long to bring to vivid life those stories that burn deep within our hearts. We wise not only to see them given life but also to share them and, perhaps, touch the heart of another.

Books may just be words on a page, but look what we can make those words do!

Welcome to The Art and Craft of Writing



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Rt. 66: Highway for the Working Man or Playway for the Rich?

A New Kind of Road

There’s a new kind of road that did not exist when I was young. It’s a road you have to pay to drive on—only the amount you pay goes up and down based on how many people are driving it. The more people, the higher the price. This keeps the number of cars down, so that traffic can keep moving at a quick clip.

Normal people can’t afford to use them on a daily basis, but they are great for emergencies. To pay those high fees on a regular basis, one has to be rich.

Is this bad? Not at all. If people want to fork over money to go faster, more power to them, but let’s face it: these roads are not for the majority of us. What is more, they are not just highways or parkways, but they are not turnpikes, per se.

They’re playways.

The Glories of Rt. 66

I have lived here in Northern Virginia for over twenty-five years, and not a year has gone by that I have not paused to express gratitude for 66 and how nice it is to have such a straight trek into Washington DC.

I was grateful even though, at rush hour, the place had a tendency to turn into a parking lot. Yeah, it was a slow drive getting back, but it was so valuable to have this access. True, it did turn into a HOV 2 road after a certain time every day, but this did not stop it from being busy.

It was so busy that requests were made to expand it.

Enter the Toll

A few years ago, the news came that in order to expand 66, a toll would be added. Considering how slow the road was already, this was quite a concern, but then it turned out that the new technology allowed for tolls to be billed through EZPASS, so no stopping to pay toll was needed.

The toll is only charged during rush hour, not a time I normally travel the road. So it took quite a bit of time before I actually traveled the road during the toll period. The current set up allows for free travel if one qualifies for the HOV number. This means that I could travel the road for free because I had my children with me.

In for a Shock

By chance, twice in the last month, I had an opportunity to do just that – drive back from DC with my kids during the afternoon traffic.

What I saw shocked me.

First, the price for those who had to pay was around $11.25 one time and $7.35 the other. This means that if I were to commute at this price, it would cost me between 73.50 and 112.50 a week. $112.50 a week is over $5000.

Five thousand dollars—just for commenting to and from work. But that was not the shocking part. The shocking part was:

The road was nearly empty.

Forgotten Purpose

Remember the purpose above of this toll? The purpose was supposed to be to widen 66. If so, why set the toll price so that the road becomes a playway, with only the richest of DC commuters able to drive the road?

That road could easily have fit ten times as many cars.

Why not just charge a straight $2.

Every card who wants to drive 66 pays the same flat fee. 6 cars would make more for the state than even the $11.25—and many, many more people could use the road to go to and from work.

 Lower the Toll

A major lifeline road like 66 should not be a playway so the rich can zip to work and back without having to rub bumpers with the hoi polloi.

The toll should be set low enough that the road is busy. This will benefit the most number of people—both in terms of drivers using the road and money coming into the till.

Give 66 back to the working men and women!

Lower the toll!



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Speaking Truth to Bullies

We have come to this point because our whole society is so frightened of bullies.

To try to win an argument by using a word that ends in -phobe, rather than to discuss the topic is, frankly, bullying.

Most of us, sadly, apparently prefer to lie about reality than to be bullied by the cool kids who use -phobia words.

In truth, of course, there are a hundred reasons people think things and phobias are very few of them. 

BUT…we have to, as a culture, stand up to bullying and top caving every time someone pulls out the -phobia words, or many, many innocent people's lives are going to be damaged in many, many different ways. (This particular issue being only one of dozens.)

This doesn't mean that we should ever be cruel to each other…but we cannot allow fear of being called names to stop us from speaking the truth.

But make no mistake, my dearest friend, if you attempt to convince people of anything by calling them by a word ending in -phobe or -ist –rather than offering a thoughtful argument–you have become your own worse nightmare: a bully.

Stand up. Show courage. Tell the truth.

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The Messiah Prophecies

For tonight's service, I put together the passages in The Book of Matthew that refers to "fulfillment of prophecy" and the original Old Testament passages to which they refer. I really enjoyed seeing this in context. 

Posting this here, in case anyone else might enjoy it.

Biblical Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment
(according to St. Matthew)


17  ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

(Matt. 5:17, 18)


6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

(Isa. 9:6, 7)


18  ¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

(Matt. 1:18–23)


14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

15  Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

(Isa. 7:14, 15)


16  ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

18  In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

(Matt. 2:16–18)


15  ¶ Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

16  Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

(Jer. 31:15, 16)


13  … behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14  When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

(Matt. 2:13–15 behold)


1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

 (Hos. 11:1)


12  ¶ Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13  And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15  The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16  The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

(Matt. 4:12–16)


1  Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

3  Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4  For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

(Isa. 9:1–4)



10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

(Matt. 13:10–14)


8   Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

9   ¶ And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

(Isa. 6:8–10)


33  ¶ Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

(Matt. 13:33–35)


1  Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

(Ps. 78:1, 2)


1  And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

2  Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

3  And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them, and straightway he will send them.

4  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6  And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7  And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

(Matt. 21:1–7)


9  ¶ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

(Zech. 9:9)


16  ¶ When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

(Matt. 8:16, 17)


52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

(Matt. 26:52–54)


55  In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

56  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

(Matt. 26:55, 56)


6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

(Ps. 22:6, 7)


1  Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

(Mic. 5:1)


1   Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2   For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3   He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4   ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7   He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8   He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9   And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10  ¶ Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

(Isa. 53:1–12)


9   Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

10  And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.

(Matt. 27:9, 10)


12  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

13  And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

(Zech. 11:12, 13)


35  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

(Matt. 27:35)


17  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

18  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

19  But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

(Ps. 22:17–19)

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Pride Goeth Before the Mansplaining

We hear a great deal nowadays about outrage addiction, how Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sights, combined with fake news, fuel a wrath-based addiction in a large portion of the populace.

What we seldom address is that this faux outrage we are all indulging in is not true wrath. It is pride.

True wrath is when you hear something that truly strikes you to the core, you rush out, and, perhaps you do something stupid, on the spur of the moment—usually something you regret later.

Wrath is often like wine. It goes to your head, but you feel differently when you cool off afterward.

Pride-fueled anger is something quite different.

Pride-fueled anger often works like this. We see a thing. It doesn’t particular raise a reaction in us. We have the following thought: Oh, yeah! I can stick it to those jerks in the opposition if I rub this in their face. Makes them look like a hypocrite!

Then we get angry. Only our anger is really our pride goading us. Our words often speak of virtue and rightness, but our motives are bad.

Worse, while people on either side of a single issue might not see it, because they are both fueled by outrage, to those who step back and regard the situation calmly the pride and false anger is obvious.

In other words, everyone not sucked in knows our outrage is fake—that we are just puffing ourselves up.

Outrage addiction is feeding our pride, and it is growing into a monster.

I was thinking something similar today in regards to that word I dislike so much, “mansplaining.”

1)             Mansplaining is an ugly, unpleasant word.

2)         Women also do plenty of annoying things. It has taken us over fifty years to get men to overlook these things and treat us as equals. If we stop acting in a business-like fashion and start going after them, they will take their gloves off as well—and we will soon be back where we were fifty years ago.

3)         It is true that some man do the behavior that leads to this term out of arrogant pride—but usually, when I see this behavior, it is some gentleman who is not very good at social interaction trying to express something he cares or share something knows about.

And he doesn’t just do this to women. He talks this way to everyone.

What is the ideal reaction to someone under this last set of situations?

Going out on a limb here, I dare say that the answer is kindness.

In order to be offended by a man—or anyone—speaking in such a fashion, we, the woman listening, have to believe that his speech is attacking our pride.

That he is belittling us.

Otherwise, objections to mansplaining would not so often be accompanied by faux-style outrage.

If we do not see what the man is saying as an attack on our pride, we would not be bothered by it.

 We would either hold up our hand and kindly say, “I already know all about this. Thanks.”

Or we would listen and ask a few thoughtful questions in an effort to encourage the speaker to feel more at east with social interaction.

Because kindness.

One of my hobbies is reading Near Death Experiences (research for a future fantasy book). I have read hundreds, possibly thousands of such experiences.

I have read NDEs by atheists, Christians, Jews, and more. They all tend to have many elements in common.

One element often found is the Life Review. It works, according to these experiences as thus: The person sees their whole life flash before them. There are others there, but all the judging of whether it was good or bad is done by the individual themselves.

The thing they are judging—the thing they are looking for—is not how well they played the game of life or how far ahead they got in the world, but…how much love was expressed.

Just that. Whether or not they expressed self-less love.

Now, you may believe the reports of NDEs, or you may just consider them a kind of analogy about life. But either way…

Every time we interact with others, we are being given an opportunity to love, an opportunity to treat others with thoughtfulness and kindness.

When we accept this opportunity, we win.

When we fail to accept it, we lose.

No matter how much we may seem to win in the short term, we lose in the long term. Both us and everyone around us.

Do some people talk down to us because they are arrogant idiots?


Should this excuse us being arrogant in return?


Not if you believe in Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Worse, those men who actually are arrogant, who actually do despise women, are going to keep on despising them.

The men who rush around trying not to “mansplain” are the ones who either were not arrogant to begin with or who have another less admirable motive for trying to please the ladies.

So next time you feel someone is explaining something you don’t need to hear, don’t call him names. Just gently find a way to let him know…or, if he needs the support, just listen and thank him—even if you already knew.

Because when we women let pride overcome our reason, we come over as…

Let’s just say that there are A LOT of words for what women are like when they do unpleasant things, and we don’t need to be using those either.


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Superversive Press presents: Starquest!

Visit the Starquest Indiegogo 

About a year ago, on a car trip, my sons started talking about what they would have done for Star Wars episode 7, 8, and 9. They had some good ideas! I wrote them up into an outline, and John took the first third of the outline and turned it into his now famous post:

"Review of the Movie We've All Been Waiting For"

Starquest is that story–expanded–and put into a new background with space pirates, alien races galore and yet, you guessed it, space princesses. The first series will be written by John, but Superversive Press hopes to be able to publish Starquest books by other authors as well and a few are already interested.

You can see the Indigogo campaign here–click on each perk to see what it includes.

Here is the excerpt of Episode One (the first book):

STARQUEST is a space opera extravaganza to be published by Superversive Press.  The first series will be by author John. C. Wright. If all goes as planned, other authors shall join him soon.

The working title for the first episode is THE PHANTOM PRIVATEER VERSUS SPACE PIRATES OF ANDROMEDA. That title should tell you what we have in mind.

In PHANTOM PRIVATEER, Lancelot Lone of Star Patrol must infiltrate and destroy the Space Pirates of Andromeda, before their chief, Captain Ahab of Nastrond, obliterates the peaceful planets of the Miaplacidus star system, using an ultimate terror weapon known as the Blood Moon.

Lone is captured, tortured, and is left for dead, but escapes due to a miracle, or, rather, due to an ancient legend come to life again. Star Maiden Lirazel — one of the disciples of mysteriously missing Jaywind Starquest, the last Templar of the Galaxy — uses her mysterious power to save him.

Lance, now thought dead, dons the Infinity Mask, an ancient artifact of a long dead race, and assumes the disguise of his remote ancestor, the first pirate hunter, a nameless figure known only as the Phantom Privateer, to renew his remorseless war against Ahab and his bloodthirsty space buccaneers!

Meanwhile, Lirazel, outcast student of the Arcadian Order of psychics of hidden planet Mira, defies her superiors and seeks through the stars for clues to the horror that obliterated her homeworld. Believed by no one, Lyra is alone, save for an unseen spymaster called Shadow Fox. Is her quest the same as his? The pair form an unlikely alliance.

The sinister forces behind the pirates Lance hunts, funding them and supplying them with black tech, are already weaving other webs to snare our gallant heroes  – in Andromeda, things are rarely what they seem — but thrilling future sequels will tell those tales.


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Two Opportunities for Free Stuff!

We have two giveaway opportunities at the moment. Enjoy them and feel free to share them with friends!

The first one is Silver Empire's Narnia Giveaway. This one collects emails that will be used for, among other things, Superversive Press's mailing list–in return for a chance to win some cool Narnia gifts!

Check out the Narnia Giveaway for more information!

The second one is Fall into YA — an opportunity to download 65 free YA fantasy books and samples from Book Funnel. (My novel, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, is one of the books featured.)

See the Fall Into YA promotion on Book Funnel.


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Guinea Pig Writers Needed!

The Art and Craft of Writing

a Superversive Writing Class


For some time, Superversive Press has been talking about putting out a writing course–a series of videos or podcasts. This class would be based on my Writing Tips, my The Three Things I Tell Everyone–my collected information gathered from my years as a professional editor, and on The Art and Craft of Writing, a class I taught last fall.

However, before we can do this, I have to put words on (electronic) paper and figure out what it is that we want to say in each class.

To encourage myself to do this, I am thinking of offering a writing course this November. The course would be specifically tailored to help people doing NANOWRIMO or revising a Work In Progress. The details are as follows.

When: Month of November

Subjects to include:

Description, Mood, Genre, Setting
Adding senses
Backstory vs. Revelation
Adding Exposition

Plot we’ve got, quite a lot
Strong openings
Two Strings
The Trick

Writing Three Dimensional Characters
Dynamic Characters
Goals and Motivation
The Foil

Heart and Soul – adding emotion
Interior dialogue
“Pink” passages

Cost: $25

This class will be a text-based class with simple exercises designed to help improve style, characters, plot and more. 

Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.





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