What’s New @ Young Willamette Writers? February, 2018

Happy February. What are your writing this month?  Are you working on a short story or a novel?  Essays or book reports?  Valentine’s Day month is a good time for poetry.

Writing takes on many forms, and growing as a writer means trying all of them to see what sparks your passion.  Even though I love the novel format and it’s my favorite writing form, I write articles for a local paper in my area too. It’s a completely different style of writing, but I enjoy it and I find that it helps to “tighten” my prose.

Maybe in February you can experiment with a new form of writing. Try your hand at something new whether it’s poetry or blogging.

Fun Stuff for February!

Author Quote of the Month

“Humans are wired for story.  We hunt for and respond to certain specific things in every story we hear, watch or read — and they’re the same specific things, regardless of genre.”  ~Lisa Cron~ author of Story Genius

Writing Prompt of the Month

Should schools teach you how to be happy? Or should they only focus on academics?

Writing Advice for February

The thing I most want to stress is that different writers’ brains need different things. A lot of people will tell you: write a fast draft, then make it better. This is the way to write a book. Well, it’s a way. It might work for you, but if it doesn’t, don’t force it. My brain requires me to edit as I go and fix problems as they arise. I need to be able to connect with the story and love it on a sentence level every step of the way. It might sound crazy, but hey, some of us are crazy! “Process” is about managing our particular crazy as best we can, so you need to understand what your brain needs in order to do this thing, and then cater to it.

Laini Taylor~ author of Strange the Dreamer.

Young Willamette Writers Submissions Wanted 

Each year, YWW puts out a journal of writing from its members. Do you have a short article, essay or poem that you’d like to see in print? Publish your piece in our yearly Young Willamette Writers Journal.

To submit, please click here to email your work to Young Willamette Writers Program Director. All submissions must contain your name and an email address where we can reach back to you.

You Are Welcome to Reach Out To Me

You are always welcome to reach out to me and share your views or ask me questions. You can find me, Stephanie at: Youth@Willamettewriters.org

Until next time, write on . . .

Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock is a novelist and a blogger. In her Sixty and Me column, she explores writing, living fully and loving well. She is a regular contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger, and enjoys literary representation by Dystel, Goderich and Bouret in New York. You can find Stephanie at StephanieRaffelock.com or Tweet her @Sraffelock. What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. ~Robert McKee~