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The community looks all lonely without any posts in it, so I figured I'd go ahead and explain the purpose for this thing. Which means I'm pretty much just going to cut and paste what I put in the User Info section, cuz I'm lazy like that. ;)

"Write Along" is a private community for people interested in writing. Here are its objectives:

  • To provide a comfortable and encouraging environment in which to pursue our various writing endeavors
  • To review and critique one another’s work honestly and constructively
  • To share resources and tips on the craft, publishing, finding agents, etc
  • To suggest writing exercises to keep our skills honed & get in the habit of writing daily/frequently
  • To post items of interest: links, photos, articles, etc. that might inspire us
In order to avoid the question of “e-publishing rights,” we will share actual pieces as Google Documents (which requires a Gmail account -- which is free). Members will be emailed a link to the work, and can then make comments by highlighting passages or specific words.

As far as the types/genres of writing we’ll cover, really, pretty much anything goes. It can be original work, fan-fiction, poetry, etc. Any genre you feel like tackling. The group will just do its best to critique it in such a way as to improve and strengthen your writing, regardless of the theme. Some members may want to attempt to publish their work one day, whereas others may not, but the main point is to just make our writing as vibrant, rich, tight, exciting, (insert adjective of your choice), and eminently readable as possible!

We will all promise not to share one another’s writing with anyone outside the group, but new members can certainly be brought into the fold (if any of us knows of someone who might be interested, you're welcome to offer an invitation -- perhaps a good-rule-of-thumb is to have a prospective member provide a writing sample for critique). It may be best to keep the group relatively small, however, so that we’re not constantly bogged down with having to read new material if the group gets too big.

We’ll add new members to the mailing list, which we'll keep private, and it should include each author’s full name as well as “pen name.” Only members will have access to this list.

As critiques will generally be made on the Google Document itself, this community will be a space where we can post daily word counts, share updates on our progress, suggest writing exercises, and so on (see the above objectives).

Obviously, we all get busy with our real lives and our own writing projects, but perhaps a good rule-of-thumb is to try to squeeze in at least 2 reviews/critiques a month, of either a chapter or short story/poem.


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Aug. 3rd, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
So, question on the Google Docs critiquing process. Are we going to get/provide a list of our Google emails, for sharing the docs around? Or how's this going to work?

Just curious, as my google account is based off my personal account, that I don't want to have generally known/connected to my writing. :)

So just curious how that whole process (sharing docs and asking for feedback, etc) is going to work.

Thanks for doing this!
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
I figured the list of emails would be confined to a Google Doc which we can share with one another, so it won't be "posted" anywhere. Perhaps we'd all have editing privileges so we can change our addresses if the need arises? Honestly, I hadn't really thought of the issue of some people wanting to keep their Gmail accounts separate. But since Gmail's free, there's always the possibility of creating a new account, just for writing stuff.

Again, though, this list would only go out to members, so it might be a non-issue. Anyone have any other suggestions/comments on how to handle emails?
Aug. 3rd, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm
Well, I have two email accounts. To date, I've been using my personal account to create and share documents, but I'm happy to move to my other gmail address. Valdemort - you can create a new account, and we could migrate out stuff to that account. Would that work?
Aug. 3rd, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm
That would work just fine, and could keep the list of emails on an editable-by-all google doc, to keep them updated. I'm good with that
Aug. 5th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
FYI, looks like non-mod members can't add tags that haven't already been introduced into the group by you. So...a request for either changing that setting, or adding more tags to the pool for use? :-)
Aug. 5th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: tags
I did both. :)
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