If you are interested, respond to this thread, and we can talk about expectations and perhaps build a model that works for people (perhaps a different timeline, perhaps pairing off for peer editing, perhaps perhaps perhaps). It's an open question as to how we'd accomplish this logistically; e.g., would we post here or via email? If we post here, are we inviting general comments? I don't know yet!
I look forward to talking about the possibilities.
Obviously, a group like this only works if people really click with each other, so it would all be on a trial basis, and anyone could opt out any time without hard feelings. The goal is a good fit, not to feel obligated to a group that's not working.
On that note, the expectation would be that comments would also be constructive--how to improve--while also knowing that it can be a real kindness to tell a writer when a text isn't working.
Hello, folks. I am interested in creating a dedicated writing circle.
Rather than posting texts *here* and hoping someone will respond to them, I'd like to have a small group (a half-dozen at most, I'd think) in which one person per month presents a short prose piece (a story, a chapter) and everyone else promises to offer substantive comments on it. This should be something like in-line comments and/or a couple of paragraphs of reaction.
Love this passage from Frankenstein, on the topic of communication:
"By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds. I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers. This was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it."
There's lots of tales about my grandparents but my favorite is how they met and how they fell in love.
Grandma would say, back in the day, nan was so hot she'd set a whole building on fire.
And nan would say, if grandma hadn't broken through a door and hauled her across the threshold she would've never fallen in love with her.
The fact grandma was a firefighting djinni rescuing a land-trapped merprincess only enhances the tale.
So... a lot of the volume of this place is not about writing. I came here to find a community of people who would comment, even if briefly, on each other's work, and we seemed to have that for a bit, but it's not real thick on the ground. I can #amwriting on twitter. I really wanted a dedicated space. Can we address that?
This territory has probably been covered before, but #Pokémon makes a lot more sense if humans were newcomers to this world, and are using Trainers as a method of keeping the indigenous species under control.
I’m working on a short that, honestly, isn’t very good. It’s not about anything. I only have a general sense of the protagonist’s personality. Nothing much actually happens. But I’m going to keep grinding away at it because it’ll an exercise in true revising. I have to make it *better* instead of just futzing with language choices. In the end, I’m hoping the story will be pretty okay!
Fooling around with SF/F short stories after a lifetime of reading, watching, and RPGs. Let's compare notes!