We welcomed a new member to our group: Blane.
After sharing the news of what we’ve accomplished since our last meeting in November, we discussed Art’s writing sample.
The line-up for future critiquing is
- February 2016: Emma
- March 2016: Diane
- April 2016: John
- May 2016: Blane
- June 2016: Cheryl
Emma handed out her writing sample at this meeting. Anyone who wasn’t there to receive it can contact me, and I will scan my copy and send it through email.
We also shared our homework: writing an excellent first sentence to a fictional novel. We had two over achievers in the group: Art and John, who wrote four and five sentence starters.
This is the same exercise—Read Aloud Short Story Challenge—we did at the October meeting. At that time, the genre was fantasy. The genre we chose for the February meeting is Mystery.
Remember, don’t fret about it. Write something. It doesn’t have to be a complete story, but if you can accomplish this, great.
Read Aloud Short Story Challenge: Everyone must write a short story (maximum word count 500 words) in the mystery genre. Then print (without your name on it anywhere) and bring to the meeting. Drop it in the pile with the rest when you enter the room.
During the meeting, I will distribute the stories to members, who will read them aloud.
PRINTING TIPS: The stories are meant to be read out loud, so please use a font type and size that is easy on the eyes. Times New Roman or something similar at 12 point (or better) works great. Please use 1.5 or 2.0 spacing for the lines.
Our next self-publishing meeting takes place on Tuesday February 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and the next writing focussed meeting is on Tuesday February 16.