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Dear currently-defunct writing group, [Aug. 24th, 2007|04:07 pm]
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Hello fellow Nashvillains!!

This community hasn't been used in a long time, I don't know if people even still have it on their friends pages or not, but I've been thinking that I would like to start this up again if there are any interested parties.

When we were meeting before, it involved giving constructive criticism of each other's work, mostly poems and short stories, via written comments on printed-out pages. We would mostly do this at Cafe Coco over coffee, fries, and/or beer. It seemed to work well. Then I started teaching in the ghetto and didn't have time for writing group anymore. :(

Now that I'm back at my boring state job, I have a lot more time on my hands and the itch to write has returned with full force.

I've got 55 pages of a novel called Them Indiana Boys that I'm proud of, but I know it needs help, love, and editing. If anyone wants to provide help, love, and editing of other people's work in exchange for help, love, and editing of their own work... then we should do this!!

So please respond if this sounds like fun.
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Miss Snark [Feb. 20th, 2007|01:53 pm]
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Miss Snark is an anonymous literary agent in NYC. She was brought to my attention a while ago by Heather. And so, periodically I've been reading her blog which contains advice on how to go about trying to obtain a literary agent and get published. People email her questions, and she answers some of the questions in the blog. http://misssnark.blogspot.com/

Her blogs are snarky (hence the name), no-nonsense, and at times... brutal.

Which was why reading an encouraging blog from her meant a lot.

"When to give up"

Question for Miss Snark:

At what point does one simply give up? When does one say to oneself "I can't write, and I'm wasting my life doing so?"

Answer from Miss Snark:


Publication may be nice but it's not the only reward.

The very act of writing is its own reward. It teaches you (if you pay attention) how to see the world through different eyes; how to wield language skilfully; how to organize a persuasive presentation.

You recognize that writing is a creative art and brings you joy.

You recognize that doing something difficult over and over again, and trying your utmost to improve is a worthy endeavor even if you fall short of your goal.

You recognize that these moments of despair or frustration or fear are part of the process, and will make the achievement of your goal just that much sweeter.
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NaNoWriMo [Oct. 27th, 2006|10:16 am]
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Thought I'd make a post about NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writer's Month) is wonderful. If you've ever entertained the idea of writing a full novel, but you just can't seem to get yourself going on it, it is the perfect way to jump start things. During the month of November, writers all over take up the challenge to write 50,000 words. That's a lot of words for one month - over 1,000 per day. It's all about quantity, not quality - the goal is to get your fingers moving over the keyboard and just start churning it out no matter what. Nanowrimo will force you to get something substantial on the page. At the end of the month, even if you think it's terrible, you will have something to work with and you'll feel like the novel is real and not just an abstract idea in your head.

Heather, Sarah, and myself are going to take up the Nanowrimo challenge this November. At our weekly meetings during November, we are just going to get together and write for a bit instead of critiquing each other's work.

Check out the nanowrimo website: www.nanowrimo.org

Just wanted to throw this out there for any writers that might be toying with the idea of writing something novel-length. You should take up the challenge. It's really fun - the fact that tons of people are all doing the same thing makes it more of a community type of thing. It's very unusual to have moral support while writing, and it really helps! And even better - you can come write with us on thursdays (usually at 6 pm still, cafe coco still, but location could change from week to week).

The website is pretty neat - it has forums where you can talk about nanowrimo. My name on it is RyeBlume, so be sure to add me as a buddy if you sign up! :)
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(no subject) [Oct. 11th, 2006|04:14 am]
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heyyyyy guys!
are you meeting at 6 at coco this week? i have off of work, so i want to come to da meeting... do we have a prompt/assignment?
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And I quote... [Oct. 5th, 2006|09:01 pm]
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Here's the excerpt I mentioned tonight, from Monica Wood's "The Pocket Muse," which is excellent, by the way.

A Tip on Style

Writing in the present tense requires extra attention to sentence structure. Try to vary the sentence structure so that the present tense recedes into the narrative. A string of simple declarative (subject-verb-object) sentences makes for a staccato feel that casts a neon light on your present-tense technique:

"Max walks into his office. It is too hot. Julie looks up suspiciously from her desk. The whole place takes on the feel of an interrogation. Even the lights seem brighter. He takes off his coat."

By combining sentences, attending to verbs, and altering sentence structure (for example, beginning with a phrase rather than a clause), you shed light on the story rather than the technique:

"Walking into the sweltering office, Max finds Julie eyeing him from her desk. Before he can manage to shed his coat, the place takes on the feel of an interrogation. Even the lights seem brighter."
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Tomorrow? [Oct. 4th, 2006|10:27 am]
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Hi everybody. Are we meeting tomorrow? When/where? I don't have anything written for this week, but if other people have stuff, please send it along. Looking forward to catching up!
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(no subject) [Sep. 20th, 2006|09:26 am]
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Just a heads-up that we'll be meeting at my house this week instead of Coco! There will be food. Feel free to email paynese@gmail.com if you need directions.
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Intro post [Sep. 16th, 2006|03:34 am]
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[Current Location |The flor (umlaut)]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Rock and roll fantasy]

Hello 'Villains,
I just moved to Nashboro from Morgantown, W.Va. I am a copy editor/ poet/ gonzo journalist looking for an outlet. Also premaritally involved with aerinea. Looking forward to reading your work. If anyone knows of a good poetry-reading venue, please send me some info.
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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2006|01:54 am]
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hey! i'm sara and i'm 20 and live in franklin. i'm taking the year off from smith college (in northampton, ma) and taking classes at columbia state. i'm also working in the cafe at borders (in cool springs) and at southern family markets. i've always loved writing and i would like to be more motivated to actually do it. i'm hoping i'll be able to attend the meetings once in awhile (it's hard juggling classes and two jobs). i look forward to meeting some of you tomorrow night!
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Introduction [Sep. 14th, 2006|12:58 am]
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Hi all - I just joined this group. I am 26, just moved to Murfreesboro from WV with my fiance (28) and our two cats. He is a journalist/writer and I am a musician/occasional writer. I tend to write quite a bit in my head and I am sure I could use a lot of criticism from 'real' writers, as well as the nudge to get me to put a lot of it down on the page. Hopefully I'll get to go to a meeting or two.
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