August 13: Prompt readings and responses

Rome Area Writers is holding its monthly meeting Thursday, August 13, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will feature readings and responses to this month’s prompts.

Our first prompt came from BookBaby Blog: Writing Phone Conversations to Forward Your Plot and Draw Your Characters. The blog post has tips on how to write engaging dialogue from one side of a phone conversation. At 15 minutes it’s a quick and fun writing challenge!

A second prompt came from Ursula K. Le Guin’s book on writing, Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. The exercise is called “A Terrible Thing to Do” and it goes like this:

“Take one of the longer narrative exercises you wrote — any one that went over 400 words — and cut it by half. If none of the exercises is suitable, take any piece of narrative prose you have ever written, 400-1000 words, and do this terrible thing to it. This doesn’t mean just cutting a bit here and there, snipping and pruning — though that’s part of it. It means counting the words and reducing them to half that many while keeping the narrative clear and the sensory impact vivid, not replacing specifics, and never using the word somehow. If there’s dialogue in your piece, cut any long speech or long conversation in half just as implacably.”

The meeting link will be emailed to current members. If you’re interested in attending the meeting and are not yet a RAW member, please contact us to request the link. We’d be happy to have you!