First: we met new members and shared our writing news.
Next: we discussed some fantastic quotes by Newbery Award winners.
What makes the sentences work together and flow?
What gives the paragraph its power?
Emotional connection is key.
Sensory details help us connect.
(I learned about interspersing description with emotional reaction -- sentence by sentence, line by line -- this really moves the story along.)
We agreed to disagree on: which quotes we liked and which we didn't like.
That's why there are so many styles of writing... and so many different kinds of readers.
Our task as writers, we agreed is: To plant seeds, ask compelling questions, and add mystery and suspense.
Afunny quote from the evening (in response to a question about a character’s hairstyle) -- “If there’s a girl in the book, there’s always a hair thing!”
See you in May,
Deborah Fletcher Blum