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Write-it Wednesday #1

1 Jun

Hello Nerdy Wordies!!! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your summers so far!

You thought you’d gotten rid of me, didn’t you?

Welcome back for another summer of Write-it Wednesdays! where I post a new prompt each Wednesday of the summer, in lieu/honor of regular CWC meetings. It’s also the day where, each and every week, I decide this little series needs a better name, realize very few words rhyme or alliterate with Wednesday, give up, and decide that’s next week’s problem. (Suggestions accepted, though I asked last year, and still haven’t heard back). Actually, I thought this little endeavor was as dead and unloved as the Blog in general, but I had some requests to continue Write-it Wednesday and am more than happy to comply.

It’s June 1st! More specifically, it’s 6/1/16, which is a palindrome! (the same forward and backward)

In the spirit of the date, your first prompt is to write a short scene, story, poem, etc that starts and ends the same — in the same place, with the same image, the same line, etc.

As always, feel free to post your pieces as comments or as new posts, and feel free to comment on others’ posts. Or, if you prefer, continue to love the Blog from afar.

♥︎ your Nerdy Wordy Overlord

Write the Fight Right

30 May

Here’s a neat article about common misconceptions about writing fight scenes.


Election Info

17 Apr

Hey y’all. Soon we’ll be having elections to decided next year’s E-Board. The positions are as follows:

  • President — runs meetings, plans topics, generally maintains order. Also responsible for inter-club communication and coordination with the rest of the Literary Society
    • Must have served on the E-board for at least one year to run for president.
  • Vice President — assists the president
  • Treasurer — responsible for club finances
  • Secretary — takes meeting notes, assists with blog and social media maintenance
  • Event Coordinator — plans field trips and other club events
  • External Coordinator — works with other groups on and off campus, like Grub Street


If you’re interested in running for a position, please let the current E-board know at the next meeting, or email

Elections will take place on the final club meeting, April 27th.

Writing Submission Opportunity

13 Apr

Hey guys, we got this message on our Facebook page, and I thought I’d pass it along if anyone’s interested

Hi! I am a BU grad (2010) who recently started a new project with a few writers and artists called “It’s Not Personal.” We are currently looking for art and writing submissions inspired by the female dating experience. The final project will be either a book or zine; we are looking to wrap everything up by the fall (and will be hosting a launch event in NYC!). Would any of your members be interested in submitting? Submissions can be emailed to I’m happy to answer any questions. We just started an Instagram as well: Thank you for your time!


14 Mar

No seriously check this out.

I doubt any of us are going to run out and get one, but my guess is, we’ve all dreamed of something like this at one point or another.


Watch the video

Idea Concept Premise

16 Feb

From Story Physics by Larry Brooks

Idea => Concept => Premise

Idea: the most basic starting point, the barest bones of the story

Concept: the Idea + the potential for dramatic tension

Premise: the Concept + characters

For example, Brooks’ breakdown of The DaVinci Code:


  • “A story about religious veracity based on certain myths that exist to this day, including Leonardo DaVinci’s supposed membership in a secret sect.”
  • OR “A story about the veracity of the church.”
  • OR “A story about the Holy Grail.”


“What if Christ didn’t actually perish on the cross, and the church buried the truth to ensure their authority and has been killing people who come close to finding the truth using a secret second of assassins that has survived the centuries?”


“A story about a symbolist called in to interpret clues at a murder scene, leading him to the discovery of connections that involve larger powers and put his life in jeopardy as the gets nearer and nearer t the truth and the people responsible for it, who happen to reside at the highest levels of the Catholic church itself.”


Try to break down your story pitch into these three components/levels. It can be helpful to understand the fundamental element of your project, but that will require a bit of distance from it. Hard when you’ve been basically breathing a story for a while.

Try to keep each step to a sentence or two!

(Want more? Try summarizing your entire project,–including all major plot points, subplots, reveals, etc–in 1000 words or less.)


Character Stuff

7 Feb

Check out these great pages from Chuck Wendig:

The Zero-Fuckery Quick-Create Guide to Kick-Ass Characters 

25 Things A Great Character Needs

And for your convenience, I’ve put them all into a nice little character chart.


Character: The Hero

27 Jan

You’ll want these pages for the prompt:

From TVTropes:

Heroes — (Types of Heroes)

Hero Tropes — (Ways in which Heroes are made to Hero)

Also This Great List of Character Elements, which may or may not be the first one I looked up, but it’s amusing and also accurate. (And also slightly crass, if that’s not your speed, there are plenty of others).

Also consider:


The main character (or duo, or trio) in an animated movie will often look more “normal” than their more stylized supporting casts.


Poetry Form Resources

2 Dec

Found Poem — begin with an existing line of poetry, song lyrics, or other texts and go from there.

Found Form — begin with the form/structure of your favorite poem

Sestina Sestina Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Random Word Generator

SonnetSonnet 18 by Shakespeare; a bunch more

VillanelleDo Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas




Poetry Discussion Resources

18 Nov

Some “casual” poems:

This is just to Say — William Carlos Williams

The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart — Jack Gilbert

The Myth of Devotion — Louise Glück

Some Motion Poems (they’re animated):

Western Civilization

The Painter

Some formal poems:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening — Robert Frost

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day — William Shakespeare

I Dwell in Possibility — Emily Dickinson

Do not go gentle into that good night — Dylan Thomas