NEWS from Debbie’s Desk
It’s surprising that many budding writers no nothing of groups, nor do they understand what they do. For anyone that knows someone writing, wanting to write, or who is an avid reader, do them a favour and forward this to them.
There is no time like the present to join up with a like-minded group of writers. If unsure of your genre, join a varied writing group and start making friends. Some friendships formed in these groups will last may years. If you like the group, it will become your writing family.
Within this group, you will find like-minded members to join with and form smaller, more private writing groups. These become writing-buddies and are your personal trainers to help you achieve your writing dream. Some of these private groups work through email, and others meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly. The general rule is to keep these groups small, 4-8 people.
This is where you share your work with each other and ask for feedback. Become SHARE-BUDDIES.
Members might scare you at first when they ask you to critique others work. What! – you freak out. You feel you have just added another profession to your repertoire that you know nothing of.
But this just means, “A read for a read.” You’ve become a share-buddy. No problems? Of course not. And no need to worry. Just give their work an honest read and make comments. Best to stick to easy stuff to start with, e.g. write notes and tell your share-buddy sentences that pull you out of the story and pick up spelling mistakes. Make sure at all times while in the story, you know where you are, what you are feeling and who it is about. Remember to give positive feedback on what sentences did worked and made you feel good. Everyone looks at critiquing from their view so each of you will have different feedback. And that’s a good thing.
What’s in it for ME you say?
The private writing group may read a chapter at a time. So if you meet fortnightly and write 12 chapters. What that means is in 6 months your manuscript has been read by 6 people. Not only that, but the plot holes will have been discussed. Grammar etc. fixed and your story should be ready for a professional edit.
To find out what to do next, you go back to your writing family.
There you will find professionals that will assist your story to print stage. Call out for what you need. Indie publishing experts, Traditional publishers, editors/critiquers, type setters, printers and book cover designers. Or, others from the group will suggest links to websites that has helped them.
Excited now and want to join a group that will cater for all your needs. Follow link below.
The CREW, (creative readers emerging writers) welcomes authors, writers and readers of all genres. https://www.facebook.com/groups/397218273658808/
We spotted a need to develop one of the more popular genres. So you are more than welcome to join the CREW Romance group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/508135662617730/
Our paper, the CREW Daily – keeps our group up to date with what’s new in the world of writing and reading. http://paper.li/DebbieBehan1/1370686088
And a website for the CREW is under construction
Look forward to meeting you,
Cheers from Admin