Reston Writers

Reston Writers A group for serious writers to work their craft and prepare to be published.

03/26/2019
Doctor Who

Last night, we discussed Escape Rooms at our meeting, but have you escaped from The Daleks?

The Doctor Who escape rooms are now open in 6 locations around the UK. See where and get tickets here. >> bit.ly/DWEscapeRoom

Dude, No Chick Flick Moments
03/22/2019

Dude, No Chick Flick Moments

~Cat Eyes

Congratulations Adam Shannon!
03/08/2019
Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

Congratulations Adam Shannon!

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected. The award will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Our 2019 Finalists Are:

“Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling,”
L.X. Beckett.
Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2018.

“The Only Harmless Great Thing,”
Brooke Bolander.
Tor.com Books

“The Secret Life of the Nine Negro Teeth of
George Washington,”
P. Djèlí Clark.
Fireside Fiction, Feb 2018.

“Umbernight,”
Carolyn Ives Gilman.
Clarkesworld, Feb 2018.

“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,”
Daryl Gregory.
tor.com, Sept 2018.

“When We Were Starless,”
Simone Heller.
Clarkesworld, Oct 2018.

“The Starship and the Temple Cat,”
Yoon Ha Lee.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2018.

“When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,”
Annalee Newitz.
Slate.com, Dec 2018.

“Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach,”
Kelly Robson.
Tor.com Books

“On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,”
Adam Shannon.
Apex, Dec 2018.

“Yard Dog,”
Tade Thompson.
Fiyah, July 2018.

More information about the Sturgeon Award can be found here:
http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon.htm

More information about the Campbell Conference can be found here:
http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/campbell-conference.htm

03/01/2019

Congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, former RWR member, for her 2-book deal and soon-to-be-published Wild Women and the Blues from Kensington Press!!!

What type of writer are you?
02/07/2019

What type of writer are you?

Huge thanks to Cheryl Denney White for a very involved and tricky Transcription:
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9 boxes, in a 3 by 3 grid, under the heading Types of Writers:

Lawful Responsible
- probably got a publishing deal
- takes nice photos
- never responds to DMs
- business

Neutral Responsible
- has a very set schedule to write
- won NaNoWriMo
- journals > laptops
- organized

Chaotic Responsible
- grand at drawing but prefers writing
- writes music as well
- never focuses on one project at a time and that's ok
- mom friend

Lawful Soft
- inspirational quotes
- runs a book account as well
- likes to post about their cat a lot
- very encouraging

Neutral Soft
- aesthetic
- tea
- moodboards
- leather-bound fancy journals
- good handwriring

Chaotic Soft
- posts moodboards to procrastinate on their own writing
- doesn't follow their own advice
- reads your work but forgets to tell you
- likes to write coffee shop aus or other fluffy romances

Lawful Disaster
- gives good writing advice but says some variant of f*** 50 times in order to explain it
- smart
- texts you at 4 am to ramble about world-building
- probably writes fanfic

Neutral Disaster
- never texts with proper grammar
- probably a college student
- writes at 4 am and is unable to write at any other time
- coffee with too much sugar

Chaotic Disaster
- word count: 0
- they look like they are about to collapse at any moment
- hoodies
- energy drinks and death

Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!
02/03/2019

Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!

Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once...
12/12/2018

Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once.

Is your query letter ready?
11/12/2018

Is your query letter ready?

From one of our associate members!
11/02/2018
Stephanie Mirro

From one of our associate members!

My story #zombielife was published in the 13Days... publication on Medium. Check it out! Enjoy dark and weird? Then don't miss all the other stories as well.

#writerscommunity #amwriting #amwritinghorror

Last minute Halloween costume idea:
10/31/2018

Last minute Halloween costume idea:

09/15/2018
Bluedogwriter
09/10/2018

Bluedogwriter

Watch for the signs.

09/07/2018
Daily inspiration:
09/03/2018

Daily inspiration:

Pick your poison!
08/28/2018

Pick your poison!

06/30/2018
SO. MUCH. TRUTH.
06/24/2018

SO. MUCH. TRUTH.

Truth!
06/24/2018

Truth!

06/19/2018
TED

This is what we talk about at our meetings!

“There’s some sacrifice for science — just some popcorn falling on the floor.”

Watch Simone Giertz's full TED Talk here: http://bit.ly/2t7CLtd

05/19/2018

From "Telling Lies for Profit," a fantastic book on the craft of writing:

"If my writers' ear tells me that the dialog I'm reading is unnatural and clumsy, how am I to make myself believe in the existence of the characters who are speaking it? If my writer's perceptions force me to notice that I'm reading lumpish prose, how can I lose myself in the story?"

05/07/2018

Another quote from the magnificent Janet Reid, this one regarding those tricky first pages...

"You can tank that first pages opportunity if you open with someone waking up, driving, getting a phone call, or doing any of the other gazillion things writers like to do before getting to something interesting.

It's ok to write all that stuff, but when you're revising the big question to ask yourself: is something changing for my main character yet? Don't make me read 20 pages to get to that point."

Always remember...
05/04/2018

Always remember...

Query letter gets critiqued by a literary agent. Best line to ponder: "If there's one thing readers have stopped buying,...
04/16/2018
#305

Query letter gets critiqued by a literary agent. Best line to ponder: "If there's one thing readers have stopped buying, it's book where women are merely objects."

http://queryshark.blogspot.com/2018/04/305.html

Question: The pivotal scene in my manuscript is the rape of the main character. My last beta reader said she had nightmares for two days ab...

04/13/2018
I was inspired by my kids' recent entertainment choices, and I humbly submit to you all my suggestion for our group mott...
03/13/2018

I was inspired by my kids' recent entertainment choices, and I humbly submit to you all my suggestion for our group motto.

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