Useful Info…

…about Facebook Groups!

Facebook Groups

In a previous post, I talked about different hashtag games that I participate in on Twitter. These forums are great for meeting fellow writers, and learning more about the writing process. While Twitter is my main Social Media (SM) hub, I am also member of a few groups on Facebook, which I thought were worth mentioning here.

The first group I joined is Your Write Dream, which I heard about on Twitter. It is hosted by the fab Kristen Kieffer (who you’ve no doubt noticed mentioned on here before), and is a really inclusive, support group of like-minded writerly people. It’s not the biggest group out there, but there are plenty of active members who are happy to offer support, give advice, and answer any writing questions you may have about your WIP. There are also Mastermind Mondays, Self Promo Days, and Friday Office Hours to get involved with! If you haven’t already, check out Your Write Dream now, and see if it’s for you. Remember to read the rules first, and always respect other posters.

Next, there is a group called Writers Unite, which I stumbled across when looking into a different group. This group is huge, with over 36,000 members, so I recommend turning the notifications off, or your phone/tablet/laptop will be “binging” every few seconds! It’s a great place to check in on a few times a week though, as people ask interesting questions, post writing prompts, as well as share information that has been helpful on their writing journey. If you haven’t already had a look at Writers Unite head on over there now! Remember to read the rules first, and always respect other posters.

The third, and final (for now) Facebook group I want to mention is called Fiction Writing. This is another pretty big group, with over 26,000 members, so I would again suggest that you turn the notifications off if you don’t want to be driven crazy! This group is also great for getting a variety of opinions and perspectives on writing, or your specific WIP, as well as support, encouragement and advice. They also collectively publish an anthology each year, called A _________ of Words, with a different theme being picked for each one (the current one being A Contract of Words). Members are able to write a short story based on the assigned theme, and submit it for consideration. Those who are successful get their story published in the anthology, a free paperback copy, the accompanying soundtrack CD, and the ebook form. If you haven’t already, check out Fiction Writing now, and maybe even submit your own short story about a contract! Remember though, to read the rules first, and be respectful of other posters.

I know I’ve mentioned it already, but do make sure you read through all of the rules first (for whichever group you want to join) and make sure they are ones you can abide by. For example, some groups may not allow fan-fiction etc. so do make sure you know the rules before joining, to prevent any grievances later 🙂

That’s all for this week, but if you know of any other great Facebook groups for the writing community, let me know!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update…

I can’t believe we’re half way through April already! This month is just flying by…

At the start of the month I decided to do a quick Update post a couple of weeks in, just to add an extra degree of accountability to my Camp experience. 

The 1st week of Camp was great! I hit my targets, I did something every day, I felt focused, positive, and productive.

Then the second week happened. 

It did not go well. At all. In fact, it didn’t really go at all! I didn’t even manage my Friday blog post (apologies). 

I know I’m probably being unecessarily hard on myself for not getting everything done that I wanted to, but I hate it when I lose my mojo. Between hospital appointments and illness, I had no motivation or energy for Wording. I read a quote online that perfectly summed up my week. It went something like: “it takes a lot of braining to make the words go!” I had no braining left.

Thankfully, this week is a new beginning, a fresh start, or blank page (if you pardon the writerly pun). I’m working on shifting my days around so that I can squeeze some words out when I have the time/energy. I’ve altered my expectations, and am focusing on what I can achieve, instead of getting upset about what I can’t. I am trying to rediscover my passion for this project by connecting with my characters.

I hope the rest of you campers out there are doing ok, and achieving your goals. 

Here’s to a productive Week Three! 

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Inspired by…

…Lewis Carroll!

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898): English writer, mathematician & photographer

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.

~ Lewis Carroll

alice

I loved Lewis Carroll as a child! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were a firm favourite of mine. When I was 10 years old, I was involved in a school production of this well-known tale, in which I played the part of Alice. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

The idea that a hidden world of talking animals, and ridiculous characters could be find down a rabbit hole, or through a mirror, sent my imagination into overdrive. Even today, I can still easily fall into Wonderland, and enjoy the absurdness of it all.

I am always a fan of escapism and fantasy, which these tales deliver by the bucket load. The simple words of wisdom and common sense, in a world which at face-value seems devoid of both, is (to me) an example of exceptional story-telling.

Useful Info…

…about Camp NaNoWriMo!

camp

As mentioned in my previous post, this month I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp is brought to you by the hosts of November’s regular NaNoWriMo, which you can find out more about by clicking here.

I’d heard of the November challenge before, but had never been in a position to participate. I only recently found out about the 2 Camps, which run through the Spring/Summer months. You can visit Camp website and see what the fuss is about here.

April is the first Camp. The goals are much more flexible than the regular 50,000 words that November requires. You can set your goal based on the number of hours, pages, lines, and words you mean to complete. This means that people can get involved who are still in the planning stages (like me), or perhaps are done with their drafting, and have moved onto the editing part of the process.

You can create/join a private cabin if you know other campers already, or you get assigned one in March. This can be random, or you can set your preferences to be put with others who have similar interests/goals. Luckily for me I was able to join a cabin with a group of amazing writerly people from one of the Facebook writer groups I’m part of.

In the cabin, you can see each other’s project stats, chat about your writing process, give/receive encouragement and motivation, talk about your ideas, and whatever else you want!

So far I’m enjoying it. It’s been hard, and I’m a little behind due to health stuffs, but I’ve found that by being accountable to Camp, and to my cabin-mates (?), I’m more likely to push myself to do something on my WIP, just so I don’t feel bad when I see how much progress they’re all making!

I’m not sure if you can sign up for this month’s camp, now that we’re a week into it already, but you could still have a look around the site here and sign up for the next camp in Summer! I’ll do an Update post later in the month to hopefully make myself more accountable on here too…. 🙂

In the meantime, happy writing Campers!

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Update…

…for March 2017.

So, it’s April. This year is going by far too fast for my liking. Can you believe we are already a quarter of the way through this year?

March was a bit of a hit-and-miss month for me. I had a few health things going on, and some crazy tablets with apocalyptic side-effects.

I was still able to get some things done though, and am happy with my progress. I did not get to the point where I was ready to start my first draft for Camp NaNoWriMo this month, but I’m not going to cry about it.

For March I have:

  1. Participated in a number of Twitter hashtag games
  2. Hit 2500 Twitter followers
  3. Completed detailed character profiles for all major characters
  4. Completed character arcs for main POV characters
  5. Completed a provisional chapter/scene overview for book 1
  6. Researched talisman/relic ideas for the MC’s Quest
  7. Done a basic outline based on 3 Act Structure
  8. Re-styled this Blog
  9. Come up with a blog post schedule for the next 3 months
  10. Hit 50 Blog followers 🙂

Not bad all things considered!

This month is going to be busy, and hopefully more productive, as I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. It’s only day 3, but so far – so good. I’ve not quite got in the groove of setting a time each day to work on my WIP yet, but I’ve managed to meet my daily goals.

For April, I’m hoping to finish my planning, complete Camp NaNoWriMo, continue building my Blog and Twitter platforms, and try to get something done on my Secondary Project.

I’ll do a Useful Info post on Camp NaNoWriMo for those of you who may not know what it is, and will keep you updated on my progress 🙂

Happy writing to one and all, and here’s to a fabulous April!