Write-Ins – East and West – Tonight

pencil 2A special Write-In reminder…I will be at the west McAlister’s Deli (7130 W Maple..Maple & Ridge) tonight. I’ll show up around 5 pm and stay until maybe 7 pm. Stop in and find out what this is all about. We network with fellow writers, share writing issues (news, writing stumbling blocks, etc.). And you are welcome to bring short pieces of a writing project to see if someone will read it over and give a helpful critique. I’ll be a sacrificial lamb this time and bring a few pages of a new project.

Again…join me there for some networking and decent food at a reasonable price. Or just get a drink.

Social Media & Upcoming Madness (aka NaNoWriMo)

We’ve all been told how important it is to network and promote.  Saturday’s meeting was informative and inspiring.  Sadly, Sonny wasn’t there so I have no pictures to share.  If you missed the meeting, Carol has kindly posted an overview complete with slides (if the slides malfunction, that’s my fault).

We did spend a fair amount of time talking about Twitter, and I wanted to add a few hashtags that have developed with the writer in mind: #writing, #amwriting, #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List: agents post what they’re looking for) and #RBWL (Reader Blogger Wish List).  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our own K.T.’s #writemotivation hashtag, where writers congregate to cheer each other on in achieving goals.  More information can be found at her blog, The Scribble Muse (kthanna.com).

If you want to interact face-to-face, our next write-in will be this Thursday at McAlister’s Deli on Rock Road from 5-ish to 9-ish.  Write-ins are informal – show up when you can and stay as long as you are able.  You can write, solicit opinions, get help with craft, discuss a sticky plot point – the possibilities are endless.

We borrowed the concept of write-ins from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  Many of the Board members are NaNo enthusiasts, and are planning to participate in this year’s adventure (and NaNo is always an adventure).  The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words, the length of a short book.  For most genre writers, that’s a heck of a start.  You can write short stories, poems, essays, or flash fiction if novels are not your thing.  If you’re thinking of joining us, you still have time to sign up at nanowrimo.org.  We are going to create a forum on the website for those KWA writers participating this year (stay tuned for more details).

Keep on writing!  Lisette