Calling all writers

Calling all writers – we need you! Please enter so we can keep this writing competition and publishing on WWC alive 
www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

Please share with anyone and everyone.

Thank you

 

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 3-June-2019

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 3-June-2019

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Slava, Joel Iian and Eirene are our newest subscribers. We now have 254 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.

You can also become a member and have your own page on the website: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

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

Contents:

1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)

2. Writing competition for 2019 – closing soon

3. Flash Fiction *NEW*

4. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B June 28-30 2019 (limited places available) *NEW*

5. Your elevator pitch *NEW*

6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

7. All Write! upcoming events

8. We want to hear from you

9. Editing your writing

10. Essential Information for Writers

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

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 the end of April please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

2. Current Writing Competition

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme TOO HOT TO HANDLE. The word limit is 3,000 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE if you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers.

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.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2020 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.

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated every few days. Hopefully with your help. So check it out http://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to our NEWS section? Then send some info through.

3. Flash Fiction

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel,  but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch.  Even at  100 words a story can zing. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure:  action, background/ inciting action, development/rising actions, climax, ending (the characters should be significantly different). See our previous entries BELOW.

If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year.
That’s less than $2 a month. Or, if you can’t afford to become a member, you can still write Flash Fiction and post it up on the Facebook World Writers Collective group.

Current submission:

WORDS: 50

Spacing: 1.5

Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman

Deadline: 30 June

Please forward all stories to: melbournewriters@gmail.com 

With the subject: Flash Fiction​

Include these details within the email:

The title of your story and your name.

Include the word count of your story.

Your email should look something like this:

-Flash Fiction Stories

-Name: Jane Doe

-Title: The Tale of Hendrick

-Word Count: 198 words

Please visit the site before submitting for full details:

FULL DETAILS

4. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B (limited places available)

June 28-30 2019

Want to get away from everything and write in the hills?

A sanctuary away from everything, lots of trees and a magical house even better than the Far Away Tree (never heard of the Far Away Tree books? So, so good!).

To talk writing by the large open fireplace?

Yes!

Mat Clarke will be in attendance at various times to assist over the weekend, and David Collis is your host.

There will be activities to assist you as well as set times to catch-up and review what we have done and reevaluate what we want to accomplish.

Information and booking: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writer-retreat-2019

Expressions of interest are now being sought.

Only 3 rooms available. However, you may only wish to attend for the day, and then it is only $25. Or $45 for 2 days.

One to two night stay available:

Queen bed with ensuite $155 for one night or $295 for two nights

Double bed with nearby bathroom $130 for one night or $250 for two nights

Single bed sofa style $85 for one night or $160 for two nights

If you are a couple or want to share a bed with a good friend, there is a discount of $35 per person per night.

5. Your elevator pitch

If you’ve thought about writing a book or have written a book, you’ve also likely been asked what your book is about. This is when your elevator pitch comes into play.

The concept was originally created when a writer met someone (in this case a publisher) in the elevator and had less than 30 seconds to give a pitch and make it so the publisher wanted to read what had been written.

At our last Tuesday event in the city we talked about our elevator pitch. I think everyone would agree the James Pletch was the most prepared and rehearsed with his detailed pitch of his book. It was succinct, it was delivered well and it told the reader exactly what the book was about. We also had pitches from other attendees. Some were funny, some informative and others were books where we just wanted to know more. It’s up to you what you write, but here are some tips on content and delivery that may be helpful below:

1) Keep it short. There’s no sense in telling the entire story when all you want is for the person to be hooked from a small taste.

2) Describe the main plot of the story. Include the name of the main character if you can. Or maybe a place. Anything so that we can put ourselves there in the scene.

3)  Make it snappy and sharp, but make sure you keep the essence of your story true.

4) When pitching, keep the emotion high, the passion strong and the words clear. You need to reherse, but still sounding genuine.

6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

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.

City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.

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 as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWSG and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

7. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. 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.

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. Editing Your Writing

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

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

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: http://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

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.

Createspace- Free online creator of .mobi and e-pub files. POD available. Format prior to use.

Publishxpress- Free online conversion of e-books to .epub and .mobi formats.

Calibre- Free e-book reader for your computer.

Jutoh- Ebook editor. Free version leaves “Jutoh Created” imprinted on pages.

Writers Cafe- Online writer’s site with tools. Can upload works. Mixed reviews on this site.

Scrivener- Author writing tool. Better than Word, but involved.

Bibisco- Freeware writing program that helps with writing novels, developing scenes and characters.

Awesomebook promotion- Book marketer. Not usually cheap.

Book Buzz- See above.

WordPress- For creating personal Author website. One of the cheaper ones.

Bluehost-  For creating personal Author website. Similar prices as WordPress depending on package.

DIY Book Covers (Creativindie)- $50 course on book covers by author from the field, with free templates to create professional-look designs. Marketing advice included.

Get response- Automatic email service. For attaching to website for auto-response and subscribing readers.

Mail Poet- Cheaper Automatic email service.

Mail Chimp- Automatic email service for your fans. Free up to 2k readers. Then maybe shop around or use Mail Poet.

Fiverr- Very helpful tech assistance site. Find tech-heads that can help you with file conversions and formatting for very reasonable prices and quick turn-arounds.

Ingramspark- Pay on Demand self-publisher for both e-book and soft/hard-cover works. Reasonably priced and available for worldwide distribution. Reasonable postage costs (best I found). Will need to provide own ISBN and bar-codes. ABN may be required.

Draft2Digital- Ebook creators. (Print discontinued). Recommended, cheap and simple. 10% commission only.

Jovie- Text-to-speech program that reads out anything that you save to clipboard. Great to listen to your work out loud and correct it.

Aurealis- Sci-fi/Horror Australian online magazine. $20 a year subscription. Accepts submissions.

Weirdbook- Printed, twisted US magazine. Good for submissions.

World Writers Collective- Indie Author platform with writing events, editing services and short story competitions.

The Story Mint- Writers community with coaching services.

Up & Up Media- Indie Melbourne publisher that creates “Mix Tape” anthologies of indie authors. Also offers editing, proof-reading and formatting.

Launchpad- Melbourne school incursion program to teach writing and create new authors.

Busy Bird Publishing- Hybrid Melbourne publisher that helps with mentoring, publishing and self-publishing. Also open for short story submissions.

Also Recommended for authors prior to publishing:

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram profiles all linked to an author website.

Categories: Writing Groups

Important Messages

15 April 2019 Leave a comment
Important messages:
1) Please ensure you get involved with our events and projects as much as possible. This is all done by people in their free time and often costs money. We don’t want them to disappear!
2) Help run an event using your expertise.
3) Subscribe to our monthly email (you may even feel like contributing to it). Send your email address here: matclarke.author@gmail.com
4) Take note of the following on our World Writers Collective website: Writers Retreat, Writing Competitions, Flash Fiction, and join in on these activities.
Thank you, even if you just want to come along and chat to creatives, that’s fine too. Everyone is welcome 🙂
 
Our next event is 6pm Tuesday 16 April at The Wharf Hotel
Writers
Categories: Writing Groups

2018 Short Stories – Final

5 April 2019 Leave a comment

If you’ve come to read the best of the best for free then this is it!

writer-1Click on any of the story titles to be taken to all our best stories of 2018.

www.worldwriterscollective.com

Stories of triumph, stories of horror, ones with a twist and some that just make you think. They are yours to read for free (please visit our author’s pages too).

 

The World Writers Collective was created to give indie writers the opportunity to have their work read by the masses. Please share this site if you think it was worthy your time and you found some unique and flavoursome stories.

When you visit our site you can also:

  • Say hi to us by coming along to one of our gatherings if you are visiting Melbourne
  • Attend our conferences and writing retreats
  • Join in with our writing competitions
  • Join as a paying member and have your own writer page and free access to our writing competitions
  • Use our professional editing skills (free editing options also available)
  • Download our anthology (coming soon)

 

First prizes:

Kerry Sharp – The Role Model

Jo Stanford – Changing Winds

Dean MacAllister – Not About You

Christie Heart – Sand And Locusts

 

See you soon 🙂

Mat Clarke

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Affordable Writer Retreat May 2019

1 April 2019 Leave a comment

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Hi everyone, we have banded together with our good friend David Collis to create our very own writer retreat.

May 2019

Two nights

Meals included

Details: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writer-retreat-2019

(Three rooms available only)

Categories: Writing Groups

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 14-Mar-2019

18 March 2019 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 14Mar-2019

 

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Sofia, Rob, Tamsin and Barkha are our newest subscribers. We now have 238 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.

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

 

Contents:

 

  1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted) *NEW*
  2. Writing competition for 2019
  3. Flash Fiction *some NEW content*
  4. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B (limited spots available) *NEW*
  5. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  6. All Write! upcoming events
  7. We want to hear from you
  8. Editing your writing
  9. Writing a Great Antagonist *NEW*
  10. Important links

 

 

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

 

 

On the Wagon

By

Lennox Nicholson

 

A ROMAN CANDLE IN THE NIGHT

‘On the Wagon: Following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, sober’
By Lennox Nicholson
Publisher: Affirm Press: Melbourne, 2017
ISBN: 9781925344578
RRP: $24.99 (pb)

Reviewed by ROSS FITZGERALD

When I was drinking alcoholically I thought that I was a writer. But in those years I couldn’t even write a note to the milkman! However, since I became alcohol and drug free in Alcoholics Anonymous 47 years ago, I have written 39 books. They may not be “War and Peace” but they exist.

As it happens, I was introduced to AA in Cleveland, Ohio. This is close to Akron, Ohio where the hugely successful lay movement of recovering alcoholics began in 1935 and where the author of ‘On the Wagon’ visited – while following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac’s fictional characters, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty. But there is a crucial caveat, “Lennox Nicholson” (a non de plume) travelled throughout America attempting to stay stone-cold sober, with nothing in his blood but blood.

When Nicholson (a young would-be writer from Melbourne) turned to ‘On the Road’ for inspiration, he eventually came to see more signs of wreckage and destruction than any meaningful realisation of freedom and enlightenment. Moreover, instead of booze, benzodiazepines and stolen cars, on his epic journey of adventure and discovery throughout America he relied, as the blurb of this engaging book usefully puts it, “on the generosity of strangers he meets in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous”.

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

 

Are you someone that 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 the end of March please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

 

  1. Current Writing Competition

 

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

 

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme TOO HOT TO HANDLE. The word limit is 3,000 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE if you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers.

 

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.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2020 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.

 

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated every few days. Hopefully with your help. So check it out. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to our NEWS section? Then send some info through.

 

 

  1. Flash Fiction

 

How about this? For April, try writing a Flash Fiction piece 50 – 100 words. We’ll go longer after this. Too many of these micro-shorts can addle the writer but they are great discipline.

The aim is to delight, to chip out a sculpture from a lump of stone.

 

Tips:

  •      Make the title sweat its short life.
  •      Jump right in. Names may not be necessary.
  •      The denouement should be in the middle. Leave the reader something to think about at the end.

 

Here are some examples:

http://www.100wordstory.org/category/stories/

https://letterpile.com/writing/Examples-of-flash-fiction    Includes 50 – 100 word pieces

 

Writing micro-fiction is for some, like holidaying in a caravan. Refreshing, stimulating for a change. But not for the rest of your life.

If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a tiny cost of $20 a year. Less than $2 a month (includes many other amazing benefits). Or, if you can’t afford to become a member, come along to our next group meeting in Melbourne (if you live in Victoria) and read out your story. It’s a great way to obtain feedback and enhance your writing.

 

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

 

Ian Rankin, the author of the Rebus crime series puts it clearly: “This is the beauty of the short story:  all you need is a single good idea. No convolutions or sub-plots. Well, not many. Not as many as a novel, certainly. Stories are also good ways of experimenting with the narrative voice, structure and method of economy. I’ve managed to whittle stories down to 200 – a struggle, but useful in that I can to learn how much it is possible to leave out.

There is no place for fat on a story: it has to be lean and fit. ‘Glimmer’ started life as a novella, until I realised I was indulging myself. Whittling away, I found the real story peering out at me. [….] a chance to create a mythology around one of my favourite Rolling Stone songs, [….] now it’s as lean as it is mean.”  – Ian Rankin

So, why not start with 200 words? A story about a very ordinary routine event. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure, in this order?

– (ACTION-character is actually doing something)

– (BACKGROUND – inciting incident / set up the background rationale for what happened next)

– (DEVELOPMENT – row of rising actions for character/s to deal with)

– (CLIMAX – biggest rising action/ how things are different for characters in a significant way)

– (ENDING – how characters are now significantly different)

Here are some examples of super-short stories:  www.100wordstory.org

 

Here are some ideas for a topic:

– anticipating ice-cream

– eating your favourite cereal

– a visit to the supermarket

– a visit to / sitting in the doctor or dentist’s waiting room

– meeting a child from school

– sitting in rush hour traffic

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“The best short stories distil all the potency of a novel into a small but heady draught. They are perfect reading material for the bus or train or for a lunchtime break. Everything extraneous has been strained off by the author. The best short stories pack the heft of any novel, yet resonate like poetry.” – Ian Rankin

 

Get your writing on a podcast.

Sheer delight… existentialist whimsy podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/prx/everything-is-alive

Amongst other podcasts is also “This American Life. ” MM

 

 

  1. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B (limited places available)

Want to get away from everything and write in the hills?

Meals prepared for you?

A sanctuary away from everything, lots of trees and a magical house even better than the Far Away Tree (never heard of the Far Away Tree books? So, so good!).

To talk writing by the large open fireplace?

Yes!

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Well, this will be a retreat for you. With two experienced guests appearing for an hour session each to assist you with your writing and editing (details will be confirmed within the next week) it will allow you to write the book you’ve always wanted to finish (or start).

Mat Clarke will be in attendance to assist for the entire weekend, and David Collis is your host.

There will be activities to assist you as well as set times to catch-up and review what we have done and reevaluate what we want to accomplish.

 

Expressions of interest are now being sought.

Only 3 rooms available.

Cost will cover:

Accommodation for Friday and Saturday night.

2x Dinner

2x Lunch

2x Breakfast

Editing workshop.

Character development workshop.

Pitching workshop.

Additional to come (although most of your time is to write and then write lots more again)

 

Due to there being catering by external parties we are unsure of the final cost (approx $850 per person maximum, although the double and single room will be a little less).

  • Queen bed with ensuite
  • Double bed with nearby bathroom
  • Single bed sofa style

If you are a couple or want to share a bed with a good friend, there is a discount of $170 per person.

Possible weekends are first or third weekend of May.

Full details: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writer-retreat-2019

 

 

  1. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

 

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

 

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

 

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.

 

City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.

 

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 as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWSG and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

 

  1. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Editing Your Writing

 

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

 

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

 

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

 

  1.  Writing a Great Antagonist

Within any story the antagonist is a driver of the story. If you don’t have a good antagonist then your story will likely be as boring as a stone on the ground. But pick that stone up and break a window and suddenly your story gets a whole lot more interesting. This is what we talked about at our latest writer meet.

 

Most writing books don’t have a chapter dedicated to creating a believable antagonist, so often you need writing groups and other writers to spitball ideas and thoughts. You have the villain antagonist first of all. The one everyone hates where is motivation appears to just create chaos and fear. That works with certain stories, such as a serial killer that just likes killing for fun, or an angry drunk guy with a broken bottle, or boss that likes to treat his employees like shit. Then you have an everyday person. This might be your competitor within the 100 metre dash. He or she is not evil, just someone that you are trying to beat but seems unbeatable. A group of people or organisation, and then an internal issue within the protagonists own self.

 

Now to make them drive the story. Well, to do that you need them to be believable. They need to be as human as possible, they need a backstory, they need weaknesses and a driving force the same as the protagonist. And yes, there can definitely be more than one antagonist within your story.

 

Some other thoughts:

What could be fun is if you make the protagonist seem like the “bad” individual because their situation made them do something illegal or immoral.

Often the antagonist needs to believe they are the protagonist in their own story.

What does an antagonist look like? Should they be gaunt? Hulking? Thin? Fat?

Should their personality be sneaky? Cruel? Ruthless Bitter?

 

You’ll likely have fun creating this character. Go ahead and start now!

 

  1. 10. 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

 

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 13-Feb-2019

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 13-Feb-2019

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Jack, Janelle, Peter, Helen, Pam, Jacinta, Michael, Judie, Keeley, Linda, Therese, Lynn, Kelvin, Mario, Julia, Helen, Lily, Kerry, Justin, Kelly, Georgie, Chun, Davina, Andy, Jeremy, Ken, Sinead, Alex, Kartal, Louis, Peter, Yolunda, Danny, Victor, Janaina, Adrienne, William, Jonathon, Peter, Jamie, Zhairah, Stephen, Nural and Liam are our newest subscribers. We now have 218 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.

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

I know Zhairah wants to learn more about Children’s writing from Louise and Solene.

Anyone else?

Contents:

  1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)
  2. Writing competition for 2019
  3. Flash Fiction
  4. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  5. All Write! upcoming events
  6. We want to hear from you
  7. Editing your writing
  8. Travel writing
  9. Important links

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

On the Wagon

By

Lennox Nicholson

Review by S.C. Farrow

Without doubt, there is a certain romanticism around the archetypal author who drinks in order to numb some great internal pain or unbearable sense of self-loathing. And while gallons of alcohol might mask that pain, it’s a temporary solution. The pain and self-loathing never really goes away.

Author Lennox Nicholson admits his alcoholism stemmed from underlying sense of ‘restlessness, irritability, and a general feeling of discontent’, a sentiment mirrored by the characters Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s classic American novel On the Road. In Kerouac’s narrative, Sal and Dean go on a six-year, cross-country, drug and alcohol-fuelled odyssey in search of a solution to their malaise which they believe takes the form of ‘true freedom’.

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

Are you someone that 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 the end of February please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

March you can review anything you like.

April, the review is on Stephen King’s Misery.

We will review some new books as well soon.

  1. Current Writing Competition

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme TOO HOT TO HANDLE. The word limit is 3,000 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE if you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers.

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.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2020 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.

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated every few days. Hopefully with your help. So check it out. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to our NEWS section? Then send some info through.

  1. Flash Fiction

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel, but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch.

If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year. Less than $2 a month. Or, if you can’t afford to become a member, you can still write Flash Fiction and post it up on the Facebook World Writers Collective group.

Come along to our next group meeting in Melbourne (if you live in Victoria) and read out your story. It’s a great way to obtain feedback and enhance your writing.

Ian Rankin, the author of the Rebus crime series puts it clearly: “This is the beauty of the short story:  all you need is a single good idea. No convolutions or sub-plots. Well, not many. Not as many as a novel, certainly. Stories are also good ways of experimenting with the narrative voice, structure and method of economy. I’ve managed to whittle stories down to 200 – a struggle, but useful in that I can to learn how much it is possible to leave out.

There is no place for fat on a story: it has to be lean and fit. ‘Glimmer’ started life as a novella, until I realised I was indulging myself. Whittling away, I found the real story peering out at me. [….] a chance to create a mythology around one of my favourite Rolling Stone songs, [….] now it’s as lean as it is mean.”  – Ian Rankin

So, why not start with 200 words? A story about a very ordinary routine event. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure, in this order?

l (ACTION-character is actually doing something)

l (BACKGROUND – inciting incident / set up the background rationale for what happened next)

l (DEVELOPMENT – row of rising actions for character/s to deal with)

l (CLIMAX – biggest rising action/ how things are different for characters in a significant way)

l (ENDING – how characters are now significantly different)

Here are some examples of super-short stories:  www.100wordstory.org

Here are some ideas for a topic:

l anticipating ice-cream

l eating your favourite cereal

l a visit to the supermarket

l a visit to / sitting in the doctor or dentist’s waiting room

l meeting a child from school

l sitting in rush hour traffic

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“The best short stories distil all the potency of a novel into a small but heady draught. They are perfect reading material for the bus or train or for a lunchtime break. Everything extraneous has been strained off by the author. The best short stories pack the heft of any novel, yet resonate like poetry.” – Ian Rankin

  1. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

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.

City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.

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 as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWSG and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

  1. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Editing Your Writing

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

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

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

  1. Travel writing

On Tuesday 15 January we had a guest speaker in to talk about Travel Writing. If you did not make it or you wanted more information, read on and learn as we all did that night.

Travel writing

By

Peter Foot

3 years ago I started a website called Adventure Cycling Victoria. The core of the site is a series of ride guides that give information on different long distance bike rides that you can do in Victoria. It’s like an online guide book. It also has a number of posts on related subjects like bikes and gear.

It started off very small, and now it gets around 2000 unique visitors per month with a total of around 4000 pageviews. During the last year I’ve started to try and monetise that audience, and I currently make around $170 per month. I’ll go into the details of that later.

My site is definitely a work in progress, and I feel that I’m still early on in that journey. I have no formal training in any IT related subject. Everything I’ve done I’ve basically learnt as I’ve gone along. What I want to do tonight is share what I’ve learned on the journey so far. I want to talk about blogging as a way for writers to make a living, or as a way to complement a more traditional writing career, and what kind of things you need to know if you want to do it yourself.

I’ll cover three main topics: finding a niche, building an audience, and then monetisation.

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

  1. 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

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