Meeting Reminder

The February meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday February 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act II, part 1. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act II, part 1, but it can be any part you want.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday January 15th at 6:00 pm. Eleven members were in attendance: Barb M., Barbara C., Alice, John, Donna, Lynn, Mindy, Jayne, Teigan, Elizabeth and Diane.

We had a short discussion on Amazon, particularly KDP Print and the problems many authors are finding with ordering books and seeing them on the website.

Diane won’t call any impromptu meetings at Tim Horton’s until mid-March, depending on weather.

There was a discussion of story format and the flow concerning Act I and Act II and the phases of a story.

A quick presentation was given on the elements of Act II part A.

HOMEWORK

Continue writing the story started in September. If possible, write a good section of Act II, part A. Choose approximately 500 words to read to the group in February.

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.

MEETING REMINDER

The January meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday January 15th. 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act I. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Hopefully, you have a minimum of 500 words written for this story, but maybe you have more. That’s great. Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act I, but it can be any part you want. Just choose 500 words.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Reminder

The November meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday November 20th. 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act I. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Hopefully, you have a minimum of 500 words written for this story, but maybe you have more. That’s great. Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act I, but it can be any part you want. Just choose 500 words.

Hope to see all members there.

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.