Worksheet #1 – Getting to Know You
On Day 1 of each online class, I ask members to share a bit of information about themselves and their work in progress (WIP). These are ice-breaker questions to get you thinking about your WIP and your writing life.
- What is a log line for your WIP? (one sentence description that includes title, genre, word count, character, setting, plot)
- How would you answer the question, “What do you write?”
- Apart from the writing you do for publication, do you journal, write morning pages, keep a diary, keep a pen pal, any other habitual personal writing?
- Do you write more for plot than character, or vice versa, or neither/both? Would you answer the same regarding your personal reading?
- What titles would you use as comps for your WIP? Be sure they’ve been published in the last 5 years, unless it is a retelling. (My novel is a contemporary retelling of Rebecca.)
- What do you love most about being a writer?
- What is the biggest challenge?
- Are their any other writers in your family?
- Do family and friends in your life (all, some, none) know that you write? Does anyone act as a first or beta reader for you?
- What recent novel/book did you love?
- What classic novel/book is your favorite?
- Do you belong to any writing communities or organizations? What do you gain from your membership and participation?
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