Meeting Announcement: Due to Covid-19, our meeting venues are closed until further notice. Our next meeting will be on January 23, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library. We will have no time limit and are most grateful for their willingness to host the meeting for us. Please watch your email for invite to this meeting. All due paying members will receive the invitation.
Photo Writing Prompts: Members’ Photos (See description below)
Program: Jerri Garza – Story Starters from Ads
Moderator: Robbie Ann Burns
Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!
From the TMTW Steering Committee
A new month and a new year lie ahead. This is a time of renewal from the chaos of the past year. January is named for Janus, a Roman god, and represents transitions from the past to the future. Possibly some resolutions and good intentions have been made and considered. As writers will we allow writer’s block or apathy to limit our joy of taking up pen and pencil or computer? Our search for inspiration may utilize various resources and techniques. This month our program will offer one technique to remedy writer’s block or “being stuck” in completing projects.
Program: “Story Starters from Ads” program to be presented by Jerri Garza
A technique to cure writer’s block, or “being stuck” in a work, will be the Texas Mountain Trail Writers program for January. Most often advertising gives us a feeling of indifference, interest, or annoyance. Listen closely and discern words and phrases that direct our thoughts in certain ways. Begin to observe those words and phrases found in brochures, magazines, on calendars and posters. Then develop a list or file of anything that may have potential or appeal to include in a story, poem, essay, or drama. Finally, arrange a grouping of words and phrases in a composition. As an added bonus for inspiration and creativity exercise, affix the words/phrases to a sheet of paper and include images as a word collage. Remember, always use caution for any slogans that may have copyright issues.
*** If members would like to receive a sample word collage via e-mail to use in the program, please contact Jerri Garza NO LATER THAN Jan. 20th. at Otherwise, instructions will be available during the presentation.
Zoom Meeting: Saturday, January 23, 2021, 3 to 5p.m.
Jerri Garza, TMTW Board Member
Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts
We are excited to announce that we are adding word prompts to our monthly prompts which will give you a little more encouragement to write. Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.
TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza. Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.
Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at . Jerri will then send four selections to Robbie for inclusion in the newsletter. Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images. Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts. It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.
The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font. If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting. You can choose to write about one, several, or all images. If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.
Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you. You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos. Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration. Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance. Questions? Email Jerri at .
Word Prompts (Submitted by Robbie Ann Burns)
This month’s photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.
Submitted by Jerri Garza
Submitted by Robbie Ann Burns
“Writing is the painting of the voice.” Voltaire
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” Ray Bradberry
Prose writers—Apply for our 2021 Mentorship Program, plus upcoming classes & events
Back by popular demand, Gemini Ink is relaunching its mentorship program after a 2-year hiatus. Apply to the Gemini Ink 2020 Mentorship Program and be one of two writers chosen to work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author. The 2021 Mentorship will be dedicated to prose—fiction, nonfiction, essays, short stories, novels and more! We are delighted to announce that our mentor will be award-winning author and seasoned writing teacher Kurt Caswell.
The 2021 Gemini Ink Mentorship Program is open to prose writers of all levels from all 50 States. https://geminiink.org/2021-gemini-ink-mentorship-program/
CONTESTS & NEWS FROM OTHER WRITING VENUES:
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The Best Websites For Writers
The Write Life. Whether you have questions about publishing, freelancing, or blogging, you can find the answers here! The folks over at The Write Life also have their own helpful roundup of best websites for writers (psst!—Writer’s Relief is one of them!).
Grammar Girl. For all your grammatical questions, no matter how complex, Mignon Fogarty—aka Grammar Girl—has the answers!
Editors’ or agents’ blogs. Reading editors’ and agents’ blogs will help you learn about what types of submissions they are interested in.
NaNoWriMo. Writing a novel in just a month? We know it sounds stressful, but the object of NaNoWriMo is to do just that, and many writers say it’s the most fun they’ve ever had! The organization’s website, complete with tips and loads of connections to other writers, certainly helps relieve the stress of pounding out 50,000 words in thirty days.
Pitch Wars. In this mentorship program, volunteer authors and editors choose writers to mentor and offer advice on improving their manuscripts.
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Our blog has lots of free information about websites that work for writers.
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Websites using images to assist with writing:
Thanks to Reba Seal’s submittal: It’s called Visual Hunt and it finds photos of Creative Commons and public domain images. Hope this info helps you now or in the future.
Teacher Treasures: Picture Quick Writes, Picture Narratives- https://www.teachertreasures.com/2018/1/22/photo-writing-prompts/
Writing Forward: Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery- https://www.writingforward.com/writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts-for-crafting-compelling-imagery
The Balance Careers: Photographs as Creative Writing Prompts- https://www.thebalancecareers.com/photographs-as-writing-prompts-1277698
Check out :
Lone Star Literary Life Holiday Gift Guide : lonestarliterary.com
Writers’ League of Texas 2020 Manuscript of Texas Contest – http://www.writersleague.org/
WWA Membership News – Fall 2019 https://westernwriters.org/
Written Word Media https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/
Word Slayers https://wordslayers.net/discount-offers
Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership
Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.
Final Note from the Editor:
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