Astra (astraether) wrote in write_along,

What's All This Then?

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.
Tags: goals, objective, purpose
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