Reston Writers

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

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.

Reston Writers:
We're brutal, sick, sadistic, and grotesquely optimistic!

01/04/2018
Writing Groups

Did you know we have a Pinterest board for our writing? Check out the Writing Groups board by our very own Jeffrey C. Jacobs @TimeHorse

Discover recipes, home ideas, style inspiration and other ideas to try.

01/02/2018

Happy New Year from Reston Writers Review! What are your writing goals for the new year?

Reston Writers
12/30/2017

Reston Writers

Another brilliant chart as we wrap up 2017:

Another brilliant chart as we wrap up 2017:
12/30/2017

Another brilliant chart as we wrap up 2017:

This. And this. And this AGAIN.How do you get a reader to want to read more? Create a character they want to follow!http...
12/17/2017
Code

This. And this. And this AGAIN.
How do you get a reader to want to read more? Create a character they want to follow!
http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2017/12/code.html

Yesterday's blog post comments revealed that some of you are unfamiliar with what code means for a character. (Later in the day there are s...

TryLife
12/11/2017

TryLife

10/19/2017

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