Watling Street Writers

Wednesday, February 29

Meeting on the 1st March - Cancelled

The meeting for the 1st March is cancelled.  Hope that does not cause too much inconvenience.

Should be back on track as normal on the 8th.

Remember to check back on this site to keep up to date.

Wednesday, February 22

Next Meeting - Thursday 23rd February

Hi All,

Our next meeting will be at The White Hart Hotel form the usual time of 7.30 p.m.
Normal format of manuscript review and catch up.

Look for us upstairs/in the bar depending on room availability and keep an eye on the blog/twitter feed in case of any last minute cancellations.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 15

Get Writing 2012

Having attended the Get Writing 2012 conference at the weekend I thought I would share with you some of the hints and tips from the conference.

The day was a mix of workshops, speakers and panels with lunch and pitches to agents thrown in. .

I attended a workshop on characterisation with Toby Frost and a workshop on plotting with Suzanne Mcleod.

Regarding Toby's characterisation workshop, the most idea I found most interesting was what he called 'The Dune moment'. This relates to where places can essentially become characters in your novel and drive plot or at least add colour to the overall story.
A haunted house is a classic example of this and in Dune there are many examples of how the planet itelf became a character in the story.
Toby described the moment when a local tribesman spat on a table to show respect (water being a precious commodity) and the imapct this had in a particular scene. This one memorable scene related to the location of the story adds real colour and background and it made me think about how I could use a similar approach in my current novel.

Suzanne talked about plotting and one of the approaches she described was the use of scenes and sequels in her writing. The idea that for every scene (which may or may not be a chapter) containing character goals and conflicts there has to be a sequel i.e a reaction to that scene from the characters. This sequel in turn will lead to the next scene.

More on this idea can be found on the links from Suzanne's website - particularly the link to Jim Butcher's blog and the book "Techniques of the Selling Writer" by Dwight V Swain.

Finally I will add a couple of links about pitching that I found useful. As it turned out, pitching to the editor, Donna Condon was a lot easier than I had built it up to be - she was very friendly and that helped a lot!



Overall I found it a very useful experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to move their writing forward. Roll on Get Writing 2013!

Update - Thursday 16th February 2012 - cancelled

Hi - unfortunately we have had to cancel the meeting on the 16th February.

Hope this message finds you all and you don't turn up at the pub.

In any case we hope normal service will be resumed next week.

Wednesday, February 1

Next Meeting - Thursday 9th February (2nd Cancelled)

Just a reminder that the meeting on the 2nd is cancelled. So don't brave the cold and turn up at the White Hart because we won't be there!

Next meeting is on the 9th. Enjoy the extra writing time!!

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