Upcoming Okinawa Events for Summer 2017

  August 26:  Kadena Library Conference Room, 10:30 This meeting will be a feedback session, which means that you are encouraged to share your work with group members for feedback.  In particular, I would encourage you to email your requested submission for feedback to me (judith.mcneely@faculty.umuc.edu in Korea) or to Dave (who is on Okinawa) at least one…Read more Upcoming Okinawa Events for Summer 2017

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Risk the Reader; Expose the Character

Yes, you read that title right. Exposing the character can risk the attachments the reader has made to your protagonist, but also increase their value. Risk makes life exciting and frustrating all at once. Maybe you put your heart on the line and come away with ache. Perhaps you like the thrill of gambling? Risk…Read more Risk the Reader; Expose the Character

An Old-Fashioned Opinion: Prologues, Epilogues, & Epigraphs

Let's talk about some of my favorite things, but like my aversion to simple and repetitive dialogue tags, my opinion seems to be in the minority. Perhaps I am a little old fashion, but there isn't anything wrong with that. I believe in holding doors open for a lady, paying for that first date, and…Read more An Old-Fashioned Opinion: Prologues, Epilogues, & Epigraphs

Five-Point Outline

    When discovering a new idea for a book, there are many factors involved, primarily: What is the story, and who is the story about? These two elements are the driving point of building a plot line. I am not advocating that you cannot create a storyline without knowing who your character is, but I am…Read more Five-Point Outline