Writers Sauce – WWC MWSG 23-4-2018

23 April 2018 Leave a comment

Welcome again to our Writers Sauce. If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this post and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our post.

We discussed many topics at our last two events. A few of them were:

How do I choose a title for my story?

How do I know if what I have written is interesting?

How do I make my writing interesting?

But before we get too deep into the above discussions, there’s still time to enter the WWC writing competition.

Cash prizes. Two areas of entry (first and third person). Up to 3,000 words. Plus you are automatically entered into the 2018 anthology if you come first, second, or third in either of the two areas of POV. That’s six winners!

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

This script writing competition looks pretty amazing.

“Designed as a professional development opportunity to support screenwriters during the writing process, Script to Screen offers the chance for the winning scripts to be directed, rehearsed and then read by actors in front of an audience in the Mercury Cinema.”

https://awg.com.au/view/event/script-to-screen-2018/

Get a writing competition entry checked before you enter to improve your chances to win. It’s free.

Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Now onto our discussions. One topic was, how do you choose a title for a story?

This is something where there is no wrong or right answer. However, there are catchy titles and there are titles that fall flat.

Most authors mentioned it just came to them, while others would put thought into deciding on something that was abstract to entice a reader to discover more.

If you have an opinion, please post it up here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

The next topic was, how do you know if what you have written is interesting?

And, How do you make your writing interesting?

This is a heady one. First of all, the more feedback you receive from others the better you will get at realising what works and what doesn’t with your writing.

A good technique is to study other author’s writings. However, you need to keep writing the way you want to as well. To do this you need to get hold of ten novels. Any novels – preferably in your genre and POV, but not essential.

Also, have a novel nearby that is written by an author you admire and/or emulate.

Next read 5-10 pages of the novel/author you admire/emulate.

Then put it down and pick up one of the other random novels. Read 5-10 pages. It’s better if you have never read anything this author has written in the past.

Then put it down and pick up the novel by the author you admire/emulate and read 5-10 pages.

Next put it down and pick up and read another 5-10 pages of a random novel from your pile.

Keep repeating this for at least an hour.

Go away and write a little or edit something you have already written.

Are you seeing things differently? Are you writing or editing differently than you usually do?

Now go back and do some more reading for an hour as above.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

I found it improved my writing, editing, reading, voice, and learning how other authors write.

Symposium:

Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is a global symposium that will bring together writers, agents, publishers and reviewers for a two day programme focused on  sharing insights into how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author.

Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.

To get a large discount you will need to be a member of both the World Writers Collective and The Story Mint. A unique password will be sent to you upon request once tickets are available.

More details are coming soon.

Important Links:

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Story Mint newsletter for even more writing information: https://mailchi.mp/9b67a9f6f163/the-story-mint-december-2107749?e=516d6b6a0a

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Writing tips and publishing

7 April 2018 Leave a comment

In this writer info email-out, I would like to talk about getting published and the upcoming Writer Symposium at the Wheeler Centre being run by The Story Mint and The World Writers Collective on 6&7 October 2018. Limited tickets available and will be released this month.

But first, a new writing competition open to everyone worldwide:

This one is 3,000 words.

There have been a few changes for this competition since the last one, so take a quick look 🙂

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons

 

Also, if you are looking to get a Fellowship in Victoria, you have a little under a month to forward your application: http://www.australianpoetry.org/competitions/applications-for-state-library-of-victorias-fellowship-program-open/

 

A poetry competition that recently opened: https://thewritersbloc.net/2018-acu-prize-poetry

 

Lastly, The Writers Digest Self-Publish competition is still open: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards?k=SFNTJNR59bON8Qk2rL1so%2BvectOG00JxSqyBwBEbfJ0%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=competition&utm_campaign=wd-tjo-comp-180301-spub

 

Symposium:

Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is a global symposium that will bring together writers, agents, publishers and reviewers for a two day programme focused on  sharing insights into how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author.

Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.

To get a large discount you will need to be a member of both the World Writers Collective and The Story Mint. A unique password will be sent to you upon request once tickets are available.

More information here: https://mailchi.mp/9b67a9f6f163/the-story-mint-december-2107749?e=516d6b6a0a

Join World Writers Collective here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

 

Getting published

It’s a hard and long road and persistence is the only way you can succeed. Give up too early and you’ll end up putting that manuscript or short story in the drawer and forgetting about it.

So what do you need to do? Well, here are a few points to help you along the way.

1) Publishers and agents want to see your presence online. Create a LinkedIn profile for communicating with other writers and discussions online. Get involved with a social network online, such as a facebook group. And lastly, yes you will need to go to writer groups to gain knowledge, show off your work, and not be a complete hermit.

2) Create a fan base. Now that you have the above and have been doing this for a while you can enter writing competitions, and post up a collection of your work on Smashwords. You’ll also want to have a regular blog or post up information on LinkedIn, or tweet, or similar. Go and read other people’s blogs or pages, then comment. Generally they will then check yours.

3) After all the above is done you can begin getting even more involved. When ever something about writing/publishing/editing/pitching is going on, then you need to either be there, or be a part of a group that is there that will have your best interests in mind. And so you will have you listed on their group, webpage, etc. As long as that group or website is well know, then by segway, you will be too.

To get one part of this sorted, go to this link and post up an interesting blog link, LinkedIn link, facebook post, book launch, anthology you are in, book you have online, or whatever, to the following Facebook Group. Then I would like everyone on this mail-out to go there within 3 days and comment on as many of the posts as you can. Spend an hour.

So go there as soon as you have read this email and post up a link to something interesting about you and your writing. This is a good chance for you to get lots of comments on a blog you wrote, or similar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

 

Thanks, and don’t be a stranger!

 

Important Links:

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Links: Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? You can come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. Click on the bottom blue link in bold on the following page: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/about-wwc

 

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Writing Competition ending soon

6 March 2018 Leave a comment

Less than a week to go before this writing competition ends.
Not many entries so far, so you have a big chance of winning.
Only $5 to enter.
2000 words.
$100 first prize.
Top winners published at the top of the website.
https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons

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Writer Checks

28 November 2017 Leave a comment

Do you need someone to read over your work?

Have you exhausted all friends and family and you now don’t think they will be able to give you an objective view?

Would you like a point of view from someone from the other side of the world?

Is your dialogue working?

Is your first sentence going to catch people’s attention quickly enough?

Is the ending great?

Is the sentence structure ok?

Why not drop your story inside here and have someone read your work!

It’s FREE!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Read the READ ME file to find out more 🙂

Ooooh wow, a writing competition.

8 November 2017 Leave a comment

Join in and write.Join in and write.Support the World Writers Collective so they can publish you.
$100 cash prize, plus your story at the top of the website with the other top 5 winners. And a big chance of winning because this is a new competition with very few entries 🙂
Also, let other writers help you with editing.You can do this by editing your story as much as you can, then putting it in Dropbox so others can check it over for you.For instructions go to our competitions page.
www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons

Publish Your Book or Story

25 September 2017 Leave a comment

Not sure what to do with your book now that it is complete and edited?

Or maybe you’ve written some poetry or short stories and want to get it out there?

Or you need to establish a presence online as a writer, but creating a blog is getting you no where.

Well, now there is place you can go and join with other writers and attract readers to you!

Become one of the World Writers Collective members and change your status from unknown to KNOWN today!

www.worldwriterscollective.com

Writing: Plot and Conflict

3 August 2017 Leave a comment

Plot and Conflict
What are the essential elements within a story?
What is the start, middle, and ending or a story?
What is plot?
What is conflict?
What is a story arc?
And how is a climax of a story defined?
Then, how do you keep people interested in your plot, how do you create characters that people will have a vested interest in, what is the meaning of life?

These and many other similar questions appear to be unsolvable. At least that is what it feels like when you are preparing to write a great story. Or are even in the middle of writing a story. Hell, sometimes you question all these things after the story has been written!

There are soooooo many answers to these questions, but often they are hard to understand because they are also often subjective rather than objective definitions. Regardless, I”m going to at least begin with some information on plot and conflict as I see it. You should also do your own research and see what you think is correct for you.

Plot appears to be your “moving from A to B” story. It is what happens in a story and creates your underlining theme of a story. For example in a crime or mystery, there is a person killing people. Then the person is caught by police.

Simple, right? However, you would often add something more to this considering the plot looks a little thin. So maybe add a C in there as well, so it becomes A to B to C.
A: Person killing people.
B: Character(s) hunt down killer.
C: Police character catches killer.

What about other plots?
A person is growing up in the outback, then moves to the city and finds that he or she likes it there more.
Or,
A horse is being trained to be fast, but then eventually becomes the rider’s best friend and they decide to not go in the big race for fear of injury to the horse.

Plot seems to involve a conflict as well as a climax (climax is when a major decision is made) that determines what the plot outcome will be. Plot also draws a reader into the story and makes the reader want to know about the lives of the characters so that they can understand the decisions they make. Generally, what the main character wants, needs, or is even avoiding becomes the outome of that situation, which is the plot.

The decision the character makes, or one that is made for them by circumstance, is essentially the conflict within the story. This is what creates the tension within a story and leads to the climax. It is the problem/dilema/change of life that will take place. And it is also what creates the story arc. And it does not have to be a negative and positve force, It can be 2 positive things that conflict: Becomming a lawyer or becomming a doctor. However, more conflict will likely be added because that is a pretty thin conflict.

All these elemnts appear entwined and have trouble not co-existing without each other, like a deconstructed burger at a hipster cafe. However, if you want it to be a burger . . . a really good burger, then you need all the pieces together so that the reader enjoys eating the burger and is satisfied with the flavour throughout the story.
I may have gotten too involved with the anology there, but I think I’ll let it stand as is.

If you have an opinion, whether it be different or the same, feel free to add comments.


 

If you would like to guest post on the Melbourne Writers Group Blog, here are the rules:
1) it can’t be about you. It has to be about writing that will help with other people’s writing.
2) it has to be factual unless you add the words: this is my opinion. And also add other helpful information such as links to web sites that your opinion is based on if you can. Or add why you believe this, and that you are open to discussions on your opinion.
3) Personal experiences are fine, but don’t dwell on them, keep to the details on what you want to say that you think will help with other people’s writing efforts.
4) No preaching. Don’t tell people what they should do. Suggestions are fine.
5) No info for the sole purpose of getting people to buy something from you or go to your website.

Contact Mat Clarke at: matclarke.author@gmail.com to add to this blog. Thanks.

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