Community and WriteClub
There’s another one in the drawer. More than a little full now, come to think of it. I need to do something about that…
Yes, I’ve finished the new short story. No, I’m not ready to tell you even the title yet. Just think of it as the Secret Short Story. I have to do a lot of editing now, for a number of reasons. First, it’s supposed to be 5-8k words. Currently, it’s 8265. That clearly won’t work, so I have to bring it down. I think I can do that though, without a huge amount of difficulty. I think I’ll actually do that, get it down to 8k before I throw it in the drawer and give it at least a few days to mature.
Once that’s done, I’m diving into the novella. I’m excited to see how that turned out. I think there are going to be parts I need to flesh out a little, but that too is part of editing. I still say that my biggest concern is readers asking for what comes after it, because at the moment, there isn’t really an “after” to that story. No, creative brain, don’t offer me one. Please, for the love of kittens, do NOT offer me a bigger story. I’m begging you, have mercy.
I haven’t decided for sure what will come after that. I should take a pass through one of the two novels in the drawer, but I’ll worry about that after this short is out the door and the novella’s had its pass.
And, of course, me not writing a novel at the moment means that the ideas are getting restless. This time it isn’t Saul (for now), but rather Jacari, from the Queen and the Raven. I’ve felt from the beginning that my plans for the first book of that trilogy were incomplete at best. In the last couple of days, Jacari handed me the rest of that book, whispering ideas and secrets, not to mention ways to set up the other volumes. Oh dear god, it sounds so good that I’m practically begging for more. Great, another project I want to write immediately. Yes, I know that sounds cranky, but it’s just that I want to write everything now and there just isn’t that kind of time. Yet again, I need a time turner, or clones. And not the stupid clones with degraded DNA either. I have standards, you know.
To wrap up this post, there’s something I wanted to share with everyone and I don’t know why I didn’t before, or why it suddenly seemed important last night, but here it is. A few of my Twitter friends run something really awesome on Friday nights called WriteClub. It runs off the hashtag #writeclub and basically it’s a bunch of writers doing word sprints together, usually for 30 minutes at a time, with 15 minute breaks between. Some people write, others edit, and I’ve seen outlining done in it too. Really, it’s just about getting down to doing whatever you need to and not feeling alone in it. @FriNightWrites is the account to follow for this because the timing for the sprints (not to mention a lot of encouragement) gets called out from it, on Fridays at least. What started out as a realization that a lot of writers spend Friday night at home has become a fabulous little community event. I’ve seen the #writeclub hashtag used on other days of the week too, often by people looking for someone to sprint with. Really, it’s wonderful and sort of embodies the thing I love best about Twitter, the community of writers. The way people come together and help each other, even it it’s just encouragement or sympathy, is absolutely amazing, quite touching. If you’re on Twitter, I encourage you to check it out. You can join when you like and only go for as long as you want or have time for. If you’re not on Twitter and you think it’s just about promos and such, think about this example of when it isn’t. Twitter really is what you make of it, partly by who you follow and how you interact with others. Don’t let what other people use it for discourage you from trying it out. That community is a fabulous thing, especially when you need a pick-me-up after a bad day or a rejection.