Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday October 16th at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Barb M., Barbara C., Alice, Catherine, Donna, Lynn, Mindy and Diane.

We had a short discussion on book printers and self-publishing, then a 15 minute discussion on filter words. To learn more about filter words, visit Diane’s blog post: Filter Words – Who Knew? Not Me.

From our homework, each member answered the following two questions:

  1. What is it you want out of your writing?
  2. How do you define writing and publishing success?

There was a wide range of answers including the overwhelming urge to tell stories, to make money, and to touch readers with their stories. Success meant readers discussing their stories, looking for the next book and having an emotional response to the stories. Making enough for financial freedom and winning awards were also considered success.

Also from the homework file, members introduced the main character from the story they plan to write between now and June 2019.

A quick presentation was given on the elements of Act I.

HOMEWORK

Write the first scene (or more) of the story involving the character created from the character sheet exercise. If possible, write all of Act I. Choose approximately 400 words to read to the group in November.

The story written over the winter can be any size, from a 2,000-word short story to an 100,000-word novel. It’s up to the writer.

WRITING TIPS

Write in Sprints: This means set the clock for 20 or 25 minutes, then write. At the end of the sprint, take a 5 to 10-minute break. Sweep the floor, put laundry in the machine, take the dog out for a pee, run to get the mail, take a walk around the yard, etc. Then come back to do another sprint. Keep track on a sheet of paper and colour in every sprint you complete. Do one or as many sprints a day as you want.

Don’t Break the Chain: Write every day. Set the same word count or make different ones up every day. But write a minimum of 100 words a day. If you write every day, the story stays fresh in your mind, and it is easier to keep writing. Make it a habit, and it becomes a life habit.

MEETING REMINDER

The October meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday October 16th. As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.

HOMEWORK

QUESTIONS

Members must answer these two questions. They do not have to share the answers with the group, but it is important they know the answers to these questions.

  1. What is it you want out of your writing?
  2. How do you define writing and publishing success?

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Complete the character sheets sent out through email and prepare to introduce the main character (or main characters) of the story you’ll write over the winter.

Hope to see all members there.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (October 6th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday September 18th at 6:00 pm. Ten members were in attendance: Art, Barb M., Alice, Catherine, Barbara C., John, Donna, Lynn, Mindy and Diane.

We had a discussion on the closing of CreateSpace and the transfer of paperback books from there to KDP Print. You can learn more about that from Diane’s blog post No One is Surprised: CreateSpace Closes and KDP Print Takes Over.

CRITIQUING

Members critiqued Donna’s submitted chapter.

HOMEWORK

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

New Format for Homework

We’ve decided to change things up a bit. Instead of a very short story being written for each meeting, we’re running a series of mini workshops on the basic construction of a story: Act I, Act II and Act III. One larger story will be written during this writing season.

Homework for October Meeting

Members must answer these two questions:

  1. What is it you want out of your writing?
  2. How do you define writing and publishing success?

Also, to start constructing their story, members must complete the character sheet for at least one of their main characters and introduce this character at the next meeting.

The next meeting takes place Tuesday October 16, 2018.

Meeting Reminder

The September meeting to start the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday September 18th. As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.

HOMEWORK

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Write a story with the end of summer as the theme. It must be from the point of view of a school-aged child.

Genre: open, fiction; word count: 400.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. DO NOT put your name on your story. PLEASE NOTE: the word count is only 400, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.

CRITIQUE

We will be critiquing a piece of writing submitted by Donna’s. Please use the questions we’ve created for critiquing.

  1. List the strengths of the story.
  2. What areas of the story can be improved?
  3. Were there any times you were confused? When?
  4. Was the dialogue realistic?
  5. Does the story work? If not, why?
  6. If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday June 19th at 6:00 pm. Seven members were in attendance: Art, Barbara C., Gary, John, Elizabeth, Donna and Diane.

We had a discussion on the new ‘publishing’ companies taking advantage of new writers and how writers can avoid those that only want to make money off the writer, not the books they publish.

CRITIQUING

Members critiqued Elizabeth’s submitted short story.

HOMEWORK

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for September Meeting

To be announced in early August.

Updating Member Pages

Members are asked to check their member page on this site and to let Diane know if they want anything changed or updated. The full list of members is here.

If you don’t have a page, please send Diane some information and she will create the page for you. She won’t be updating them over summer, so if you have something you want to add, contact her before June 30th.

This was the last writers’ meeting of the season. We are now on summer break. The next season begins September 18th.

Meeting Reminder

The June meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday June 19th. As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.

HOMEWORK

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Go to Pixabay and enter one of these search terms:

water, funny, east, book, mystery, wood, ancient

Choose a photo that inspires you to write a story, then write that story.

Genre: open, fiction; word count: 450.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the April meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. DO NOT put your name on your story. PLEASE NOTE: the word count is only 450, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.

CRITIQUE

We will be critiquing a piece of writing submitted by Elizabeth. Please use the questions we’ve created for critiquing.

  1. List the strengths of the story.
  2. What areas of the story can be improved?
  3. Were there any times you were confused? When?
  4. Was the dialogue realistic?
  5. Does the story work? If not, why?
  6. If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Hope to see all members there. This is the last meeting of the season before we break for summer. The next meeting after this will be in September.