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no-dumping-safety-sign-pv13-500x500Whether you write long or short forms, one of the trickiest things about fiction (and some non-fiction) is conveying background information. Too little information loses the reader through confusion; too much loses the reader through sidetracking (or boredom).

Once again, Jami Gold comes through with some concrete suggestions (complete with examples) for finding the difficult balance between “Huh?” and “TMI!” The technique discussed in her July 4 blog post has to do with point of view, which is brilliant because readers experience stories through the characters. Even a story with an omniscient narrator connects with readers via the characters.

So take some notes and tuck them away for the next time you’re revising or beta-reading. As helpful as it is to know what’s wrong, it’s even more helpful to have an idea about how to make it better.

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Perhaps it is because of T.S. Eliot’s famous observation (“The Wasteland”) that April has been designated National Poetry Month by the American Academy of Poets. The energy of the very planet is stirred up as the seasons turn from the extremes of one solstice toward that of the other. Whether you write poetry or not, April is full of inspiration in both the natural and online worlds.

Nothing could be more simple than the A to Z Blogging Challenge, even if you don’t blog. Every day except Sundays, you write something inspired by the corresponding letter of alphabet, beginning with A on April 1 (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).

Even if you’re not a poet, you can sign up to receive daily writing prompts from WordXWord’s 30/30 Poetry Challenge (http://3030poetry.com/). If you’d rather not have those pesky prompts popping up in your inbox every day, you can resolve instead to visit the Writer’s Digest’s Poem a Day Challenge (http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-guidelines/) for their daily prompts.

Then there’s NaPoWriMo — the poet’s version of NaNoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month and National Novel Writing Month, respectively). Find ideas for taking your writing to the next level at http://www.napowrimo.net/

And for you novelists who were too busy in November to pound out your 50,000 words, the good folks at NaNoWriMo offer a month-long writing experience at Camp NaNoWriMo (https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in). They also run a second camp session during July, so mark your calendars.

No matter what your genre, crack your fingers, get your tools and supplies lined up, and prepare to get some serious writing done in April!

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Creative Nonfiction: How to Make the Truth Come Alive!

Date: Thursday 21 October
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Tates Creek branch of the Lexington Public Library
Cost: Free

Neil Chethik, author of the hit nonfiction books FatherLoss and VoiceMale, shares the secrets of compelling nonfiction writing. Whether you’re working in memoir, history, columns, how-to, or some other nonfiction genre, you’ll learn what editors are looking for and how you can provide it.

Reservations required: (859) 231-5580

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Writing the Expert Book

Everyone’s an expert in something! If you’ve wanted to write a book to share your expertise or passion on a topic, be it cooking, gardening, technology, parenting, or your career field, here’s your chance. We’ll spend this fall planning, organizing, writing, and workshopping your book individually and as a group, then talk about publication and marketing options. Come join us!

Date: Mondays, September 13-November 22
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
Presenter: Doris Settles
Cost: $132 (11 weeks)

Space is limited; reservations required.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.carnegieliteracy.org/workshops/writing.

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