Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 18-July-2021

18 July 2021 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 18July-2021

Welcome to Writers Sauce. We have one new topic for you to check out.

See CONTENTS below.

Graham and Lauran are our our newest subscribers. We now have 331 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward this email to anyone anywhere in the world.

Also, we need more members for our writer website! You will have your own author profile page and special promotions once you become a paying member.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

Do you want to add to this email with your own words of wisdom? Well, we want you to as well. Get in touch with anything you think writers would like to know. We can also/otherwise add info to our NEWS section on the WWC website.

It’s all free and it’s off our own backs’. Please get involved if you have the time. 

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)

2. Writing competition

3. Promote your blog

*4. How to: Write your way to a more miserable life *NEW*

5. How is screenwriting different from other writing?

6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

7. All Write! upcoming events NEW

8. We want to hear from you

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

10. Essential Information for Writers

11. Important links

1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For 2021 please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

Here’s a review by Magz Morgan of Cecile Ravell’s story: https://ravellc.wixsite.com/ravell-the-writer


‘Coming, Frankwen’. The voice of the three-year-old child calling to her brother and hero, opens Child Magical. Cecile Ravell’s story is a memoir of a childhood in transit, from Brooklyn, New York, to Malta then Melbourne, Australia. 

In a series of poignant and funny cameos, seen through the eyes of a little girl, Ravell brings to life an intimate immigrant tale. The vignettes follow this feisty little girl from moments of triumph, to moments of indignation, as she becomes aware of her position as an outsider in a society that values fair-haired children, and as a girl who plays second fiddle to a family culture that reveres boys.

Child Magical provides valuable insights into the reality of what it feels and looks like, for a girl, growing up; in particular, an immigrant girl.

Read it slowly, savour it in your favourite armchair, or read it quickly on public transport. Either way, Ravell’s story is a good read, piquant and thought-provoking.’

Magz Morgan, author, ‘Motherlands’.

www.magzmorgan.com

2. Current Writing Competition (FREE)

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

Top five to six winners are published in our anthology: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers and allows you to collect prizes if you win.

Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host the website each year.

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2022 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word. 

3. Promote your blog

We want to promote your blog. Email us a link of one of your blogs and an explanation of why WWC people would enjoy reading it.

Here’s one from Mat Clarke:

https://matclarke.blogspot.com/2019/12/roadside-thriller-story.html

It’s an interesting short thriller story written and performed as a podcast by Mat Clarke and directed and produced by Noel Anderson.

4. How to: Write your way to a more miserable life

“Writing is a pursuit naturally fraught with difficulty. But don’t worry, you have the power to make it much worse.”

By Laura Gilmartin 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012075519045

They say nothing worth doing is ever easy, but throughout history, artists have often imbued their task with a special sense of burden. Artists have reported dissatisfaction so consistently, that, for many of us, it is almost synonymous with the process of creating. From not being able to use your God-given gift to make any money, through to feeling like your skills are ill-equipped to express the weighty truth of human experience, being an artist is replete with challenges.

But isn’t it true that at least part of the reason we keep going is because a good dose of misery actually makes us better writers? Whether through the fact that adversity gives us greater life experience and insight into the human condition, or because sometimes the only thing that will force us to sit down at the damn computer is that we need to work through our stuff before it spills over? After all, if it wasn’t for relationship breakdowns and the passing of loved ones, the world wouldn’t have many of its great stories and albums (Just listen to Marvin Gaye’s divorce-court mandated Here, My Dear).

Over the course of the next few issues of Writers Sauce, Mat has indulged me with the chance to explore some of the foremost things we as writers can do to make ourselves more miserable (Cos that’s where all the good stuff is). But be careful. We’re not talking about your garden variety misfortune, here. In order to sufficiently fulfil the trope of tortured artist, the source of our anguish must be the artistry itself, as though it has its own agency and we’re not actually making all these misguided decisions.

Today’s topic:

Put your life on hold until you’ve finished your project

If you really want to make a life of creativity truly unsustainable for you, I highly recommend refusing to do things that would improve quality of life for you and your loved ones because you believe they will interfere with your writing. Note here that you’re not required to be right about the idea that they will interfere with your craft, you just have to be defensive enough to believe they might. One of the quickest ways to do this is to reject stable work and make yourself a financial liability.

As already stated, making a living from writing right out of the gate is not realistic for most people, and everyone knows that being able to sustain your own basic needs tends to make things easier on the people around you, but that kind of stability doesn’t win writing awards. For that, you’re looking to either quit your non-writing work altogether, or scale back to the point where most, if not all of the burden of breadwinning is placed on your ageing parents, spouse or adult child. Don’t have one of these? That’s ok! Loan sharks are often viewed with suspicion, but only by people who aren’t looking to blow up their lives for some tremendous content.

It’s important to note here that it’s not good enough to simply not be able to find paid work. This is an all-too-common situation and doesn’t sufficiently distinguish you from the non-creative plebs. To be a tortured artist, you have to have legitimate work prospects and actively choose to reject them.

Financial considerations aside, no one knows the pointless frustration of putting life on hold better than the family and friends of a creator obsessed with a project. Can’t bring yourself to try for a baby until you are finished your novel? Sorry hubby. I don’t care how committed you are to co-parenting, it stays in your pants. Been putting off a visit from your mother for years because the third bedroom is ‘Your space’? Sorry mum, I might be creative, but I just can’t see how that is going to work – try Airbnb. If you’re lucky enough to have a family member or friend abandon you until you improve your behaviour, pay close attention. If they characterise your behaviour as similar to a drug addiction, you’re getting tantalisingly close to prize-winning material.

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In the next issue we’ll explore a topic which is very close to my heart, and the natural continuation of our exploration so far. Any guesses what it might be?

Until then, do as Ralph Waldo Emerson did: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

5. How is screenwriting different from other writing?

by Graeme Farmer

Graeme enjoyed a successful full time professional career as a screenwriter for iconic shows such as Neighbours. At our Tuesday event in the city, we were given the opportunity to see into his world and learn how screenwriting can be a different career choice to novel writing. See below for the main points covered. If you have any questions, we encourage you to attend our Tuesday night events in the city where Graeme is happy to chat to you in detail.

– Length of novel, play, screenplay. Brevity, focus, compression or concision. Leave out most things you put in a novel.

– Reductive rather than proliferative.

– Eye of god – privileged POV. The screen is more democratic than the novel.

– Present tense, not past tense – arrow of time.

– It is a visual medium. You must try to articulate the visual – words creating sight. Visual fluidity so that it mimics our monkey mind.

– It is the most cold-blooded of all writing and yet it stands or falls on inspiration. Your illusion of control erodes your humility. You must renounce yourself in favour of your characters.

– Leave out, don’t put everything in, don’t make sense quickly.

– How powerful the pause, beat, incomplete sense, ellipsis.

– EXCITE EXPOSE EXIT

6. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

During the virus outbreak we suspended some of our events, with most returning January 2021. Our main flagship event is running again at the Wharf Hotel on the third Tuesday of the month. Please join us – all are welcome even if you are only thinking of starting out in a creative field.

This may change as the Victorian COVID condition changes. Click here to RSVP, check time and place of events: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers/

We meet online every Monday from 6.30pm and show each other our work and chat about everything creative.  

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food as well as drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

Melbourne Central: Fourth Sunday of the month. We are nestled in the back corner of the upstairs food court near the windows, past the colourful piano, behind the big clock. We meet to write mostly, but you are free to chat with others who would like to do so.

Eastern suburbs meet. Laura, Stephanie and Mat are exploring a cafe in Croydon to meet at, which will be run on certain Sundays. We will get back to you soon on how it will be run and what the format will be. Likely it will involve the return of our writing games event with prompts to get you writing and enjoy yourself.

Not currently running: Writers of the South, let’s write: This is for southern Melbourne, down as far as the Clayton and Mentone area. Anyone can attend and join in and write your heart out (and have ice cream).

Not currently running: Writers Workshop: If you want to work through a piece, then come along to the Eltham Library and let us help you create your best work.

Not currently running: Treehouse Writing: Join us in Olinda for a sanctuary in the hills where we write and relax.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested in as well. Go to them all and see what you like . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

More links below

7. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in Melbourne Central. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all, enjoy yourself.

https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

More links below

8. We want to hear from you!

Yes, we really do.

We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.

Stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:

1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.

2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).

3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.

4) The best place to write.

5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

 You’re Not Alone

Come Take the Journey With Us

Become a Member for $20 per year

This is a collaborative group created so that in greater numbers we will be heard rather than forgotten

JOIN

Your $20 helps to pay for this website and member writers’ platforms

READ MORE

10. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

11. 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 who 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 information. Subscribe here:http://www.thestorymint.com

Writers Sauce – WWC

Become A Creative Leader

Become a creative leader with World Writers Collective: www.worldwriterscollective.com/job-vacancies

We would love you to join our network of writers as a creative leader and help you further everyone’s knowledge of writing. No doubt, you’ll learn more about yourself and your writing as well. Have a read below and see what fits your personal skills and lifestyle. Commit to what you can and we’ll see you in the trenches. Most of all, have fun!

These are all volunteer positions.
Your position includes free membership, a discount for any events you attend, free access to catering (if supplied) and an allowance for the manager positions (see position details).

Commit for 12 months or longer.

Opportunities:

  • Manager of writing competitions
  • Website manager
  • Information officer
  • Assistant to managers and officers
  • Writing Competition Judges
  • Event host – multiple required (Melbourne only)

Join our team and assist in managing our variety of creative activities.

News: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

#creativewriting #leadership #jobapplications #employmentopportunity #writerscommunity

Categories: Writing Groups

World Writers Collective June 2021

21 June 2021 Leave a comment

Job for a writer at a great workplace. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Children story. And an Australian novel is becomming a movie.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/ #writing #publishing #book

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 10-June-2021

10 June 2021 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 10June-2021

Welcome to Writers Sauce. We have three new topics for you to check out.

See CONTENTS below.

Cas, Alice, Cat, David, Evan, Rhonda, Kaya, Graeme, Michelle, Megan, Jo, Markus, Oliver, Daniel, Angela, Adouve, Tyrone and Tania are our our newest subscribers. We now have 333 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward this email to anyone anywhere in the world.

Also, we need more members for our writer website! You will have your own author profile page and special promotions once you become a paying member.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

Do you want to add to this email with your own words of wisdom? Well, we want you to as well. Get in touch with anything you think writers would like to know. We can also/otherwise add info to our NEWS section on the WWC website.

It’s all free and it’s off our own backs’. Please get involved if you have the time.

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)

*2. Writing competition *NEW*

3. Promote your blog

4. Creating Real Characters Via Research

*5. How is screenwriting different from other writing?

*6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events *NEW*

7. All Write! upcoming events NEW

8. We want to hear from you

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

10. Essential Information for Writers

11. Important links

1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For 2021 please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

Here’s a review by Magz Morgan of Cecile Ravell’s story: https://ravellc.wixsite.com/ravell-the-writer


‘Coming, Frankwen’. The voice of the three-year-old child calling to her brother and hero, opens Child Magical. Cecile Ravell’s story is a memoir of a childhood in transit, from Brooklyn, New York, to Malta then Melbourne, Australia. 

In a series of poignant and funny cameos, seen through the eyes of a little girl, Ravell brings to life an intimate immigrant tale. The vignettes follow this feisty little girl from moments of triumph, to moments of indignation, as she becomes aware of her position as an outsider in a society that values fair-haired children, and as a girl who plays second fiddle to a family culture that reveres boys.

Child Magical provides valuable insights into the reality of what it feels and looks like, for a girl, growing up; in particular, an immigrant girl.

Read it slowly, savour it in your favourite armchair, or read it quickly on public transport. Either way, Ravell’s story is a good read, piquant and thought-provoking.’

Magz Morgan, author, ‘Motherlands’.

www.magzmorgan.com

2. Current Writing Competition (FREE)

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

Top five to six winners are published in our anthology: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers and allows you to collect prizes if you win.

Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host the website each year.

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2022 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word. 

3. Promote your blog

We want to promote your blog. Email us a link of one of your blogs and an explanation of why WWC people would enjoy reading it.

Here’s one from Mat Clarke:

https://matclarke.blogspot.com/2019/12/roadside-thriller-story.html

It’s an interesting short thriller story written and performed as a podcast by Mat Clarke and directed and produced by Noel Anderson.

4. Creating Real Characters Via Research

You’ve likely looked up how to create believable characters and discovered the research you need to do to get under a character’s skin and see what their motivations are, what makes them afraid, their influences, their life-story and what they eat, etc. However, what if the character you need in your story is so alien to you or anyone you know, there is no way you could get inside of their head. How do military types talk to each other. What do astronauts think about when they stare into the sky? How does an elite athlete sleep at night with muscles so sore they want to cry themselves to sleep?

Some characters require more extensive research.

A main area I was interested in was the police. This was due to writing thrillers and often needing to accurately represent my characters as being in the job for a number of years. Much of this I was able to understand from books, movies and TV shows, but it did not fully put me in the mind of an actual police officer.

I attended Thrillerfest in New York in 2015 and researched a seminar that was going to talk about police, which was the number one session I wanted to see. It entailed the basics of an author and cop talking about the realities of police life (wife and husband team). There were some great points made, such as calling your career, the job. Reason: there is no other ‘real’ job in many police officer’s minds’, so it is called, the job. However, I still did not understand the true mind of a cop. I decided I would go for a ride-along with a cop to better hear the way they talk and interact with civilians. This never came about due to time constraints in the US, but in the end it didn’t matter, because I eventually joined the Police in my home state. It wasn’t just to learn about the way police talk etc., it was actually because as an author, I needed a job/money and this seemed to tick many boxes. I actually work as a Protective Services Officer, which suits me and my age and my preference to not to stay in the police forever. It’s a great job, but without me needing to be in my twenties and start at the bottom and work five million hours a week.

Okay, so what’s the answer for you when you need to get into the mind of a person who works in a career that is totally alien to you?

Research!

I often spend time on blogs to work out how people talk and interact with each other. On one occasion I needed the personality of a 18 year old living in Cleveland to fit one of my characters. I searched online until I found a blog that was open and honest and allowed me to create a character based from this personality, although I also used many others I came across on other blogs too.

Maybe you need to understand a homeless person to realise why they say and do what they do? I wish I could remember the writer who mentioned to me that he had gone and sat with them and chatted with them to understand them. To take it further, you could dress like someone you want to get to know about and sit with them and see how people react to you.

To finish up, here’s physician and best-selling medical thriller novelist Richard Mabry’s take regarding medical doctor research:

-What Type of Medical Scenario Do You Want?

-What do you want to accomplish.

-Compile a list of important dates associated with milestone medical advances so you can write realistically about an accident or illness in a given time period.

-You can submit a question to one of the medical professionals whose blogs supply great answers, which is also listed on this information site.

-And lastly, watch out for sites that have something to sell, whether a procedure, a hospital or physician’s particular expertise, or even a surgical approach.

Website for more insites: https://www.livewritethrive.com/2015/03/09/infusing-medical-details-into-your-fiction/

Notes:

-Get under their skin, afraid, happy, influences, life-story, death.

(Some characters require more extensive research)

-Books, movies, TV shows … show us a lot, but some may not show us what is real.

-Is it real cop talk and the realities they go through?

-Research online. Blogs are best. Mixture of world stats and local crime reports too.

-Create a well rounded character.

-Homeless person or other dress-up. Sit talk with them. Dress the way they do to see how people react to you.

By

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-clarke

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5. How is screenwriting different from other writing?

by Graeme Farmer

Graeme enjoyed a successful full time professional career as a screenwriter for iconic shows such as Neighbours. At our Tuesday event in the city, we were given the opportunity to see into his world and learn how screenwriting can be a different career choice to novel writing. See below for the main points covered. If you have any questions, we encourage you to attend our Tuesday night events in the city where Graeme is happy to chat to you in detail.

– Length of novel, play, screenplay. Brevity, focus, compression or concision. Leave out most things you put in a novel.

– Reductive rather than proliferative.

– Eye of god – privileged POV. The screen is more democratic than the novel.

– Present tense, not past tense – arrow of time.

– It is a visual medium. You must try to articulate the visual – words creating sight. Visual fluidity so that it mimics our monkey mind.

– It is the most cold-blooded of all writing and yet it stands or falls on inspiration. Your illusion of control erodes your humility. You must renounce yourself in favour of your characters.

– Leave out, don’t put everything in, don’t make sense quickly.

– How powerful the pause, beat, incomplete sense, ellipsis.

– EXCITE EXPOSE EXIT

6. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

During the virus outbreak we suspended some of our events, with most returning January 2021. Our main flagship event is running again at the Wharf Hotel on the third Tuesday of the month. Please join us – all are welcome even if you are only thinking of starting out in a creative field.

This may change as the Victorian COVID condition changes. Click here to RSVP, check time and place of events: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers/

We meet online every Monday from 6.30pm and show each other our work and chat about everything creative.  

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food as well as drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

Melbourne Central: Fourth Sunday of the month. We are nestled in the back corner of the upstairs food court near the windows, past the colourful piano, behind the big clock. We meet to write mostly, but you are free to chat with others who would like to do so.

Eastern suburbs meet. Laura, Stephanie and Mat are exploring a cafe in Croydon to meet at, which will be run on certain Sundays. We will get back to you soon on how it will be run and what the format will be. Likely it will involve the return of our writing games event with prompts to get you writing and enjoy yourself.

Not currently running: Writers of the South, let’s write: This is for southern Melbourne, down as far as the Clayton and Mentone area. Anyone can attend and join in and write your heart out (and have ice cream).

Not currently running: Writers Workshop: If you want to work through a piece, then come along to the Eltham Library and let us help you create your best work.

Not currently running: Treehouse Writing: Join us in Olinda for a sanctuary in the hills where we write and relax.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested in as well. Go to them all and see what you like . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

More links below

7. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in Melbourne Central. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all, enjoy yourself.

https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

More links below

8. We want to hear from you!

Yes, we really do.

We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.

Stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:

1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.

2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).

3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.

4) The best place to write.

5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

 You’re Not Alone

Come Take the Journey With Us

Become a Member for $20 per year

This is a collaborative group created so that in greater numbers we will be heard rather than forgotten

JOIN

Your $20 helps to pay for this website and member writers’ platforms

READ MORE

10. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

11. 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 who 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 information. Subscribe here:http://www.thestorymint.com

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World Writers Collective

43 Crazy Things About Writers

4 April 2021 Leave a comment

I don’t get celebrities and their crazy ways. A lot of these quirks are from older writers, so maybe it’s just different times now?

Regardless, it’s easy for us to sit back and read about an author and shake our heads while our lives are probably just as bizarre and belong in the kid’s book, Wacky Wednesday.

No I don’t know why there are 43 when it clearly states 42?!?!

Check out the link below to see what factinate.com has to offer: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

“From quirky writing processes to metaphysical hobbies, writers are complex, intellectual creatures who draw inspiration from the depths of their vivid imagination. They straddle multiple worlds, sometimes living a colourful, flamboyant life, and at other times existing in isolation and poverty. Here are 42 insights into the multi-faceted lives of famous writers.”

Categories: Writing Groups

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 1-April-2021

2 April 2021 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 1April-2021

Welcome to Writers Sauce. We have four new topics for you to check out. See CONTENTS below.

Ariel, Jayne, Bethany, Thyagarajulu, Jarryd, Natalie and Luke are our our newest subscribers. We now have 301 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward on this email to anyone anywhere in the world.

We need more members. You will have your own author profile page and special promotions.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

Do you want to add to this email with your own words of wisdom? Well, we want you to as well. Get in touch with anything you think writers would like to know about. We can also/otherwise add info to our NEWS section on the WWC website.

It’s all free and it’s off our own backs’. Please get involved if you have the time.

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)

*2. Writing competition *NEW*

3. Promote your blog

*4. Creating Real Characters Via Research *NEW*

5. What is a genre?

*6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events *NEW*

*7. All Write! upcoming events *NEW*

8. We want to hear from you

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

10. Essential Information for Writers

11. Important links

1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For 2021 please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

Here’s a review by Magz Morgan of Cecile Ravell’s story: https://ravellc.wixsite.com/ravell-the-writer


‘Coming, Frankwen’. The voice of the three-year-old child calling to her brother and hero, opens Child Magical. Cecile Ravell’s story is a memoir of a childhood in transit, from Brooklyn, New York, to Malta then Melbourne, Australia. 

In a series of poignant and funny cameos, seen through the eyes of a little girl, Ravell brings to life an intimate immigrant tale. The vignettes follow this feisty little girl from moments of triumph, to moments of indignation, as she becomes aware of her position as an outsider in a society that values fair-haired children, and as a girl who plays second fiddle to a family culture that reveres boys.

Child Magical provides valuable insights into the reality of what it feels and looks like, for a girl, growing up; in particular, an immigrant girl.

Read it slowly, savour it in your favourite armchair, or read it quickly on public transport. Either way, Ravell’s story is a good read, piquant and thought-provoking.’

Magz Morgan, author, ‘Motherlands’.

www.magzmorgan.com

2. Current Writing Competition (FREE)

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

Top five to six winners are published in our anthology: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

A WORLD OF RUSH or anything about rushing – Write 5000 words with this theme in mind.

Become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers and allows you to collect prizes if you win.

Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host the website each year.

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2021 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word. 

  • 3. Promote your blog

We want to promote your blog. Email us a link of one of your blogs and an explanation of why WWC people would enjoy reading it.

Here’s one from Mat Clarke:

https://matclarke.blogspot.com/2019/12/roadside-thriller-story.html

It’s an interesting short thriller story written and performed as a podcast by Mat Clarke and directed and produced by Noel Anderson.

  • 4. Creating Real Characters Via Research

You’ve likely looked up how to create believable characters and discovered the research you need to do to get under a character’s skin and see what their motivations are, what makes them afraid, their influences, their life-story and what they eat, etc. However, what if the character you need in your story is so alien to you or anyone you know, there is no way you could get inside of their head. How do military types talk to each other. What do astronauts think about when they stare into the sky? How does an elite athlete sleep at night with muscles so sore they want to cry themselves to sleep?

Some characters require more extensive research.

A main area I was interested in was the police. This was due to writing thrillers and often needing to accurately represent my characters as being in the job for a number of years. Much of this I was able to understand from books, movies and TV shows, but it did not fully put me in the mind of an actual police officer.

I attended Thrillerfest in New York in 2015 and researched a seminar that was going to talk about police, which was the number one session I wanted to see. It entailed the basics of an author and cop talking about the realities of police life (wife and husband team). There were some great points made, such as calling your career, the job. Reason: there is no other ‘real’ job in many police officer’s minds’, so it is called, the job. However, I still did not understand the true mind of a cop. I decided I would go for a ride-along with a cop to better hear the way they talk and interact with civilians. This never came about due to time constraints in the US, but in the end it didn’t matter, because I eventually joined the Police in my home state. It wasn’t just to learn about the way police talk etc., it was actually because as an author, I needed a job/money and this seemed to tick many boxes. I actually work as a Protective Services Officer, which suits me and my age and my preference to not to stay in the police forever. It’s a great job, but without me needing to be in my twenties and start at the bottom and work five million hours a week.

Okay, so what’s the answer for you when you need to get into the mind of a person who works in a career that is totally alien to you?

Research!

I often spend time on blogs to work out how people talk and interact with each other. On one occasion I needed the personality of a 18 year old living in Cleveland to fit one of my characters. I searched online until I found a blog that was open and honest and allowed me to create a character based from this personality, although I also used many others I came across on other blogs too.

Maybe you need to understand a homeless person to realise why they say and do what they do? I wish I could remember the writer who mentioned to me that he had gone and sat with them and chatted with them to understand them. To take it further, you could dress like someone you want to get to know about and sit with them and see how people react to you.

To finish up, here’s physician and best-selling medical thriller novelist Richard Mabry’s take regarding medical doctor research:

-What Type of Medical Scenario Do You Want?

-What do you want to accomplish.

-Compile a list of important dates associated with milestone medical advances so you can write realistically about an accident or illness in a given time period.

-You can submit a question to one of the medical professionals whose blogs supply great answers, which is also listed on this information site.

-And lastly, watch out for sites that have something to sell, whether a procedure, a hospital or physician’s particular expertise, or even a surgical approach.

Website for more insites: https://www.livewritethrive.com/2015/03/09/infusing-medical-details-into-your-fiction/

Notes:

-Get under their skin, afraid, happy, influences, life-story, death.

(Some characters require more extensive research)

-Books, movies, TV shows … show us a lot, but some may not show us what is real.

-Is it real cop talk and the realities they go through?

-Research online. Blogs are best. Mixture of world stats and local crime reports too.

-Create a well rounded character.

-Homeless person or other dress-up. Sit talk with them. Dress the way they do to see how people react to you.

By

Mat Clarke

http://www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-clarke

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  • 5. What is a genre?

From the mind of Mat Clarke.

What is Genre Writing?

Is ’email writing’ a particular genre? If so, then that could mean blogging would be too, right?

Do you find that you often question what genre it is you’re writing and if you can classify yourself as a particular genre writer?

Do you think you’re keeping to the required norms of writing.

Do you mix your writing so it’s part comedy, part romance, part nonfiction and part suspense?

I promise this next question coming up is going to be the last stressy thing about genres. I just hope I haven’t made you want to put these thoughts into the too-hard-basket.

Don’t give up and throw your pen and paper in to the bin and smash your laptop with a hammer. I’m going to help you through this and I promise there’s a rainbow at the end.

Will readers stop reading your stories if you don’t stick to one particular genre while keeping within the standard conventions of that particular genre so your readers know what they are buying each time they pick up your book?

The short answer to that last question is, no, not anymore. This was the convention in the past, but you can now freely write more than one genre as well as mix genres and dabble in sub genres.

If you decide you want to traditionally publish, you’ll need to read the instructions from the agent’s or publisher’s website before you submit. There are many hoops you’ll need to jump through and much information they will want from you. This includes writing a synopsis, classifying your work into a genre, mentioning what authors and titles are close to yours in style or plot or other, and you’ll need to write up general information about you as a writer.

When I first started writing, I did so for fun. I was ten years old and all I wanted to do was write what was entertaining to me.

Is fun a genre?

I didn’t need anyone to read my stories. Instead I enjoyed creating new worlds where I could insert people and creatures into them to explore, create, conflict and interact.

Then came the idea of one day being published. Don’t get me wrong, it was lots of fun writing and not needing to edit. I still enjoy sitting down not knowing how a story will play out. It was just that in 2010 I decided I wanted other people to read my work and for them to actually enjoy it. To do this I needed not only to amuse myself, but to work out what my readers liked too. I also needed to learn how to edit properly. (With both of these, you never stop learning.)

After writing over 70,000 words of my first novel, I decided I needed to explore what genre my story might fit into. I did this by comparing my story to other stories already available from other known authors. I made notes on how my story matched a proposed genre before knowing it was definitely that. I wrote a synopsis and a blurb and compared mine to other published authors to help cement my work and what it was similar to.

I initially thought my writing was general fiction. I shouldn’t have been so boring. I later thought adventure, due to the journey aspect that my main characters often would take. However, I still wasn’t sure. I kept digging and was about to settle on crime (because I often include murder/crime that would be investigated by police), but then I discovered the thriller genre.

Thrillers are often fast paced, have a character that is either pursuing or being pursued and has police investigations, although as a secondary aspect.This fit my general story writing style. Huzzah! I could now call myself a thriller writer.

Enter sub-genres from stage left.

You don’t have to constrain yourself to a particular genre. There are mixed genres and subgenres that allow you to write whatever you like. Yes, your story needs to have a plot, have interesting characters and be edited well, but as for genre, you’re allowed to call yourself a thriller-adventure writer. A romance-comedy writer. A psychological thriller writer. Create your own and be proud to be a comedy-crime writer.

I write blogs and email.

Yes, you can write blogs or emails in a certain specified way, and that could then make it a particular genre. Maybe your job has conformity when writing emails. This is a genre. You write your blog in a comedic way. Guess what, genre writing!

So what does the word genre mean? A class or category having particular form, technique or content.

This is the dictionary definition and really sums it up well. I don’t think we need to dwell on that any further.

I write many different genres. Or I want to try other genres.

Yes, yes, yes! You should.

In years past publishers wanted to be able to classify you as a particular genre writer so they could market you in a certain way.

Then, if you wanted to stray from your specified genre, you would need to have a serious talk with your publisher and maybe even search for a new publisher.

Marketing you is as essential as marketing your book. It’s just that now the marketing angle has changed slightly so it doesn’t have to be all about what genre you write. It can instead be about the interesting stories you bring into the world. It was a subtle change that the readers themselves brought about, and it’s an important one.

As for me, I recently wrote a crime novel even though I am a thriller writer. And that’s ok. I’m trying to offload it onto a publisher as we speak. I’ve also written children’s stories, young adult and adventure.

Now you should go and explore all the genres out there and have fun! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t write what you want to write (just keep in mind that when a story can be classified more easily into a particular genre, publishers are more interested in publishing your work – new authors only. Established and already published authors have much more freedom).

6. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

During the virus outbreak we suspended some of our events, with most returning January 2021. Our monthly Tuesday event is now running again at the Wharf Hotel. Please join us – all are welcome even if you are only thinking of starting out in a creative field.

We meet online every Monday from 6.30pm and show each other our work and chat about everything creative.  https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers/ Details are on the Meetup.com site.

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food and drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

Melbourne Central: Fourth Sunday of the month. We are nestled in the back corner of the upstairs food court near the windows, past the colourful piano, behind the big clock.

Not currently running: Writers of the South, let’s write: This is for southern Melbourne, down as far as the Clayton and Mentone area. Anyone can attend and join in and write your heart out (and have ice cream).

Not currently running: Writers Workshop: If you want to work through a piece, then come along to the Eltham Library and let us help you create your best work.

Not currently running: Treehouse Writing: Join us in Olinda for a sanctuary in the hills where we write and relax.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested in as well. Go to them all and see what you like . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

Melbourne Writers Social

Melbourne, AU
5,754 Writers / Creatives

When joining, prepare yourself to attend one event per month. You can of course attend more often, but to ensure this group continues to offer diversity, all members attending…

Next Meetup

Monday 6.30-8pm we are online

Monday, Apr 5, 2021, 6:30 PM
1 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

More links below

7. All Write! upcoming events

OPEN AGAIN (however, we are checking if this location is still ok or if we need to change it slightly, stay tuned!): A place where you can write in Melbourne Central. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all, enjoy yourself.

Melbourne Writers Social

Melbourne, AU
5,754 Writers / Creatives

When joining, prepare yourself to attend one event per month. You can of course attend more often, but to ensure this group continues to offer diversity, all members attending…

Next Meetup

Monday 6.30-8pm we are online

Monday, Apr 5, 2021, 6:30 PM
1 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

More links below

8. We want to hear from you!

Yes, we really do.

We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.

Stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:

1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.

2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).

3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.

4) The best place to write.

5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.

9. Join us and we’ll promote you

 You’re Not Alone

Come Take the Journey With Us

Become a Member for $20 per year

This is a collaborative group created so that in greater numbers we will be heard rather than forgotten

JOIN

Your $20 helps to pay for this website and member writers’ platforms

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10. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

11. 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 who 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 information. Subscribe here:http://www.thestorymint.com

Writers Sauce – WWC

World Writers Collective

Interview with Mat Clarke, founder of The World Writer’s Collective

30 March 2021 Leave a comment

Mat Clarke is providing a place for new writers to learn, share, and get involved in a supportive community. The best part? Much of it is free, or costs only a nominal fee. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Clarke is creating an international destination for contests, editing, and writer promotion.

Full interview here: 

horrortree.com/interview-with-mat-clarke-founder-of-the-world-writers-collective

Categories: Writing Groups

Child Magical by Cecile Ravell

24 March 2021 Leave a comment

Just a little reminder about our friend Cecile Ravell’s forthcoming book launch:

Saturday March 27th

2 pm

Montmorency. (Not far from the station)

Child Magical is a very intimate story told from the perspective of a little girl, born in Brooklyn, New York, to refugees from Malta who wound up in Melbourne.

It’s a beautiful set of cameos, suitable for adults and children alike.

UNICEF and the UNHCR have featured her in their magazines and are filming an interview with Cecile.

You can check out Cecile’s other publications on her website. https://ravellc.wixsite.com/ravell-the-writer

If you’d like to come, please confirm via email magz.morgan@gmail.com or SMS on 0412 572 222 by Friday, the 25th March.

Pleased advise me if you wish to bring a friend.

Magz Morgan

https://www.magzmorgan.com

Categories: Writing Groups

What happens when someone has their writing plagiarised

17 March 2021 Leave a comment

At WWC we post up writer and author news from all over the world that we think you might like to read www.worldwriterscollective.com
Enter a free writing competition with free feedback from judges.

Q. What do you think about plagiarism?

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Riding around in cars with authors

17 February 2021 Leave a comment
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