Friday, March 28, 2008

The Toolbox: Storytelling

From Carissa (on her personal blog): Detail Devil (Storytelling)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Upcoming Events: April 2008

Writing Events for April around SW Washington:

Poetry Workshop
7:00 pm, Thursday, April 3rd, Vancouver Community Library

Open-Mic Poetry Night
7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 9th, Vancouver Community Library

INK Group Meeting
7:00 pm, Friday, April 18th, The Secret Cat Cave

River Writers Group
11:00 am, Saturday, April 19th, Washougal Community Library

Online Event
Script Frenzy!
Begins April 1st. Write a 100 pages script (screenplay, play, or teleplay) in 30 days. Sign up opened now.

If you know of any events in the SW Washington area or online in April for writers and poets, please email INK at

The Toolbox: Advice Links

From Kami: Stop Kami, Stop! (Advice Links)

The Toolbox: Synopsis

From Kami: The synopsis as a haiku (Synopsis)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Toolbox: Writing Process

From Kami: Almost Everything I Needed to Know about Writing I Learned by Daily Writing (Writing Process)

The Toolbox: Plotting

From Carole: Stories Within Stories (Plotting)

The Toolbox: Writing Process

From Carissa: Asserting Myself Around Town (Writing Process)

The Toolbox: Critiquing

From Kami: Maybe they won't notice because I don't (Critiquing)

The Toolbox: Characters

From Kami: Don't get a massage; be tense! (Characters)

The Toolbox: Writing Process

From Kami: Atmosphere (Writing Process)

The Toolbox: Plotting

From Kami: Sicky (Plotting, latter half of entry)

The Toolbox: Critiquing and Submitting

From Kami: I Hate My Reader Thiiiiiiis Much (Critiquing and Submitting)

The Toolbox: Critiquing

From Carissa: On Critiquing (Critiquing)

The Toolbox: Characters

From Kami: Narrative, Dialogue, Action and Description (Characters)

The Toolbox: Characters

From Kami: Emotional 180 (Characters)

The Toolbox: Writing Process

From Kami: When a Writer is a Girlfriend (Writing Process)

The Toolbox: Writing Process

From Kami: When a Writer is a Girlfriend Part Two (Writing Process)

The Toolbox: Revising

From Carissa: Bring It! (Revising)

The Toolbox: Submitting

From Kami: First Agent Rejection (Submitting)

The Toolbox: Copyright & Research

From Carissa: Copied, Right? (Copyright and Research)

The Toolbox: Copyright

From Carissa: Another Copyright Issue (Copyright)

The Toolbox: Submitting

From Kami: Hard Reality? (Submitting)

The Toolbox: Opening Hooks

From Kami: Openers (Opening Hooks)

The Toolbox: Advice Links

From Carissa: Advice (Advice Links)

The Toolbox: Encouragment

From Carissa: Do Not Let This Discourage You (Encouragement)

The Toolbox: Rewriting

From Kami: One Important Thing and Trivia (Rewriting)

The Toolbox: Finances

From Kami: It's a Taxing Time (Finances)

The Toolbox: Synopsis

From Kami: Start Now (Synopsis)

The Toolbox: Characters

From Kami: The Reveal (Characters)

The Toolbox: Characters

From Carissa: The Back of Characters (Characters)

The Toolbox: Storytelling

From Kami: Trusting the Story (Storytelling)

The Toolbox

INK will be establishing its own version of the writer's toolbox, using our blog posts to do so. I'll be adding links to those posts through the label post section of the sidebar here, so anyone interested in looking up helpful (well, we think it's helpful) information on such topics as characterization or plotting will be able to do so with just a few button clicks. New toolbox topics will be added as a new topic here and then added as a link. And to get us started, I'll retrofit the older topics here first. Starting today!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What is INK?

What is INK—?
INK stands for Immaculate Novelists Kult, in the grand tradition of many other ink-named groups that have gone before and run concurrently with us, with a nod in particular to J.R.R. Tolkien's and C.S. Lewis' Inklings. We have our own C.S.! Cole, that is. Immaculate comes from the Latin, meaning spotless. A Roman might have named his dog Macula. We could as easily be called the Incorrigible Novelists Kult, as whipping (corriging) us will not keep us from writing, but that might tempt someone to try.

Where do you meet?
In our secret cat cave.

No, really, where do you meet?
In our secret cat cave.

What do you do at meetings?
After the usual 'hi, how are ya's and a snack, we collect dues and launch into the critiques for the evening. We also talk about our personal goals for the next few weeks and what we might submit for the next meeting.

What's this I hear about INK guests?
We host guests at our meetings four times a year or so. We like to hear how other people work and think.

Can I just drop in during a guest meeting?
Currently only dues-paying—

I'll pay a dollar!
--stop interrupting! Only dues paying members can attend a guest meeting. If there's a lot of demand (aka whining) we'll see about arranging some sort of writer's meet and greet or lecture.

How do I join?
Email us at

That actually reads Immaculate Novelists Kult kult.:
We know. We're so kewl even our kult has a kult.

[Thanks, Kami, for most of these great Q&As!]

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New FAQ Page

This page is, like most writing, a work in progress. Over the next few weeks I will be adding a FAQ entry, bios for each of the founding Kult members, and whatever else we think we need to put up here.

If you have suggestions, please feel free to use the email address in the sidebar. Since this is only an information page, comments are disabled. But all emails will be answered.

Thank you!