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Current Write #11: November Writing Meeting

Posted on: November 14, 2016


My Muse Monday is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them. Mostly, I’ll post a monthly summary of my local writing group’s meetings.

In my last post, I mentioned that our group had failed to find time to meet over the summer months and that we had nothing to share when we finally did meet. Instead we talked a lot about how to kick-start ourselves, with our biggest idea being to commit ourselves to writing every day for even a few minutes.

The latter didn’t happen, but still everyone one of us managed to write something before our November meeting. One lady used the skills she’s learned in a picture-book writing class to edit her story to under 1000 words. Picture books these days have to be fewer and fewer words to get accepted. Another lady found herself inspired after a run and rewrote the first chapter of her novel. We talked about how she might stay motivated to continue this practice, because her revision read really well. A third lady has started a new rhyming story. Her sentences are crisp and the story immediately gets to the conflict. As for me, I used the weeks between our meetings to turn a backlog of interviews into a series of profiles about the bonds between pets and owners. You’ll see a view of those highlighted in future months here at Allison’s Book Bag.

writinggroupWhat did the rest of our meeting look like? We started by sharing news. I also handed out copies of Writing Mama that I had picked up at a book sale. Between giving critiques, we browsed samples of local publications, where most of my writing energies are currently being directed. From literary magazines to children’s markets to local newspapers, I’ve been trying hard to find my niche. Finally, ended by talking about plans for our next meeting. One lady shared how a well-established writer enjoyed meeting with other authors to brainstorm and to write all in the same day. This sounded intriguing enough we agreed to try it at a future meeting!


2 Responses to "Current Write #11: November Writing Meeting"

Looks like everyone did something this time. Sometimes it’s hard to get anything done with the weather is good. I know it’s the case here.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Two of our writing group members are teachers. I think they used the summer to catch up on everything they’d fallen behind on during the school year. 😦

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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