WELCOME TO THE DAWG HOUSE
We are a Writers Group in the Northern Illinois Area
The DeKalb Area Writers Group meets monthly to work on short stories and discuss writing.
The purpose of DAWGs is to encourage writers in a safe and supportive environment.
Why be a Writer?
If you’re here, scrolling through this page, taking an interest in what DAWGs has to offer, there’s no need to convince you to be a writer.
YOU ALREADY KNOW
- You want to tell stories.
- You need to tell stories.
- You can’t not tell stories.
- You must write those stories!
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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King
After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every time I start a new project, it’s like it’s my first project. Whether you areContinue reading “Five Tips for New Writers”
Did you know 90% of people SAY they want to write a book?Based on reported goal percentages, half will begin and less than half of those will finish.Of those that “finish” writing their book, only 8% will take it through publication. Have you met Procrastination?No matter HOW MUCH you WANT to write this book, youContinue reading “So You Want to Write a Book”
The first draft is the worst draft. It just is. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud of completing a FULL ROUGH DRAFT! It does mean you should be prepared to put in a lot of work. Tips for writing the first draft: Just do it. Seriously, that’s the only piece of advice that matters.TakeContinue reading “Getting the First Draft Written”