I have posted a lot of writing tips on here recently, many from great authors such as Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon. And searching for all of these got me to thinking about my own writing, and the people that are obviously interested in writing themselves, because each posts has gotten hundreds of hits.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to slack when it comes to my own writing. I make my living partially on the written word, but not for writing novels. And I want that to change. Do you?
I propose then a writing group, virtual since this is a website. This would consist of roughly 4-8 people who want to share work, get feedback, and help other writers progress. Writing groups are also great because they force you to write, to provide something for the group to read. I have been in a few in the past, and I dearly miss that now.
Why 4-8? Well, reading a lot of work in one week would be difficult, so I propose 2 members of the group would submit 5-10 pages each week. This means once a month you would get to have your pages read and critiqued, and then the other 3 weeks you get to help out the others in your group.
What if more than that want in? Here’s where this can get really cool. If we get a great turnout, I can split off people into groups. Tell me what kind of novel/short story/play/movie/TV show you’re writing, and if you know anyone else who is submitting their name for fun as well. Then tell me what part of the world/state/city you’re based in. If we’re lucky, we can put you near someone local, but we’ll definitely put together groups with friends and similar writing interests.
How do you sign up? Right now I’m just garnering interest, but if we get a good response, full steam ahead! Fill out this Google Form, then I will get back in touch with you. And hey, if it’s only a few of us, we’ll get to work together!
Want to think on it? I will keep the form open for two weeks, until midnight PST March 15, 2013. If you happen to stumble on this post after the deadline, please email me at breathingfiction at gmail.com. There might be a group with space, or more to join in!