March Prompts & Plans

  • Cheryl Holloway will be your facilitator for the AWWG March meeting, 3/13 at 1:15pm.
  • Be sure to check our official calendar HERE, for who’s Leading and who’s Reading!
  • Send me email if you’d like to Lead or Read!!

2 Prompts for March meeting- follow your Muse!

1. Greening, greenhorn, greenish… 

What do these ‘green’ words evoke for you? Spring sweeping north on a warm wind? Your favorite vista changing from gray to green? The sprouting of perennials? New growth, newbies of all kinds, inexperienced but not for long. Or perhaps getting seasick! How about learning to recycle? Take a green word in a surprising direction, in fiction, non-fiction, poetry or something else.

2. March 14 is World Pi Day!

It’s an irrational number, a number that never ends, and the ratio of diameter to circumference. Take Pi and run with it: remind you of school? A science fiction plot? Someone who bakes delicious pies? Consider wordplay with Pi, or whatever surprising notion can fuel your fiction, non-fiction, poem or play!

most importantly:

HAVE FUN!

 

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Our 2017 Inaugural Meeting

pen-is-mightier-than-a-sword-a-short-essay-on-l-xdxmkxGreetings and Salutations, Brave Writers, & Happy New Year!

January Meeting Monday the 9th, 1:15 pm
Accokeek Branch Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek

This month’s readers are Carol Burbank and Alexandra Jellerette

We are ready to WRITE, to send forth our words: wise, funny, shocking, entertaining, pointed: all the words. 

We hold the power to change the world in our pens. 

I offer a theme for next Monday’s meeting: the verb “to inaugurate.” It’s an interesting word with deep origins, deriving from Latin. We use it to mean something akin to “officially begin” but the root word “Augur” meant something else all together!

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Source: late 16th century: from Latin inaugurat- ‘interpreted as omens (from the flight of birds),’
based on augurare ‘to augur.’  Augur synonyms: bode, portend, herald, be a sign of, warn of, forewarn of, foreshadow, be an omen of, presage, indicate, signify, signal, promise, threaten, spell, denote.

What are you in-augur-ating, initiating, installing, opening or unveiling?

What augurs do you heed, and what have they predicted? What signals are you receiving, what heralds have you heard?

Write about this for this month’s prompt, and/or arrive a bit early to write a spontaneous prompt at the beginning of the meeting. See  you Monday!

NOTA BENE: if you are unable to attend the meeting, please write for us and I’ll post your work here. I’m always on the lookout for sister writers to contribute to this blog.

Crow About Your 2016 Progress – Plan for Success in 2017

It’s the Year of the Rooster!

What will you be crowing about by this time next year??

Last Tuesday 12/27 we had a wonderful mini-retreat day at Lyn Scott’s waterfront house “Ducks.” It was such a balmy day that several of us wrote outside on the deck, listening to the ducks and swans enjoying their day splashing about.

We shared our plans and dreams for the new year of writing ahead, and created a talisman that would be a symbol of our commitment to our work.

Plan for Success in 2017

Just because you weren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t share in the process. Here are the questions we asked and answered in our Year Ahead retreat day:

  1. What went well for you and your writing in 2016?
  2. Did you meet the goals you had for the year?
  3. List the writing projects you currently have.
    – Review and report on each one.
    – Now prioritize them for 2017.
  4. What new project is calling to you? Name it, and place it in your 2017 Priority list.
  5. Choose an object – something to keep in your pocket or on your desk, and didicate it to your writing goals for 2017. Hold it in your hands, see your work accomplished! Then keep it as your touchstone to remind you of your goals.
  6. Set specific goals for the first 2 months of 2017. What will you have accomplished by Feb. 28, 2017?
  7. Make an Artist’s Date* with yourself that feeds your creativity.  The Artist’s Date is assigned play, you are wooing your Muse. Click the link to learn more.

There you have it! I recommend you post your answers to your own blog, or submit it here to share with your community.

AWWG will host another Retreat Day in early March, and we’ll see how it’s going! Meanwhile, pick up your pen, stretch your typing fingers and happy writing!

 

 

November is fast disappearing!

nano-logoDear NaNo writers!

We have a write-in planned at Lyn’s house, “Ducks,” from noon-6pm. RSVP to Lyn HERE for directions. Also, one more Monday night Write-in at the Library, 6:30-closing, 11/28.

Here are some tips from the latest Pep Talk, this one from Maggie Steifvater of the Raven Boys series.

  1. Know my project. I need to know what I want that final project to look like. Where it sits on the shelf, why I’m writing it, how it will make the reader feel. Then I ask myself with each chapter: does this belong in the book I said I was writing?

  2. Never sit at my computer without knowing what I’m going to write. If I’m stuck, I need to stimulate my physical body so my mind can play: drive, walk, shower.

  3. Unwind each day with thirty minutes of reading something that feels like what I’m trying to make, to remind myself how others accomplished it.

  4. [brackets]. If I know I need a beat but can’t quite get the details yet, I place brackets around the words [fight here] or [scene], so that I know I can go back and fix it later.

  5. Move forward and backward. I go back and edit; I go forward and outline. Rereading and scanning ahead helps me keep #1 in mind.

  6. Ignore word count. I get through the plot first, then I go back and flesh out or cut down as needed.

From NaNoWriMo Pep Talks by well-known NaNo authors 

AWWG at WordCamp Baltimore 2016

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wcbalt-imetWhat a great day! Sat. November 19 at the amazing IMET (Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology) – right on the Inner Harbor, this unique and inspiring building was a great setting for the bigger-than-ever WordCamp Baltimore.

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Typical WordCamp Attendees

What is WordCamp? These events, held all over the world, are the user-organized conferences for WordPress. It is the place to meet your fellow WP users at all levels, from developers to bloggers.

backupwcbaltThis year there were over 200 attendees and three tracks of presentations: Small Business, Brand & Content, and Higher Ed-Corporate. It gave us something for everyone. I’m sure my sisters will chime in on their favorites. I got a lot out of Adam Warner’s presentation on Basics of Security for WordPress Websites (oh, the places those hackers go!) since I am responsible for a number of websites.

Nicole Kohler from WooCommerce gave a terrific presentation on How to Promote and Profit from your Content – that delivered just that. We learned a lot and will report on this at next meeting.

Georgette, Teresa and Cheryl are attending the Sunday sessions as I write this, so stay tuned for more fun details from an inspiring and informative event.

NaNoWriMo at AWWG & Beyond!

November: It’s National Novel Writing Month!

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ACCOKEEK WOMEN’S WRITING GROUP is delighted to
sponsor lots of NaNoWriMo action this year.

KICKOFF PARTY
Wednesday Nov 2
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, get a writing buddy, resources for writers, and more

WRITE INS at the Library during November:   Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607 Mondays 6:30-closing (9:00pm) Nov. 7, 14, 21, & 28

Come Write In! at the local library. It’s great to write with company – the words fly onto the page!

THANK GOODNESS IT’S OVER! (TGIO) Monday Dec 5th
6:30-8:00 pm Accokeek Library
15773 Livingston Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Refreshments and celebration, readings from NaNo participants (last year’s party was great – some HOT stories!)

Please check our calendar for any updates.

NANOWRIMO LINKS & RESOURCES

nano-logoOfficial NaNoWriMo website:  nanowrimo.org – sign up and pledge your intentions. Join the forums, get pep talks from successful authors. and More!!

PEP TALKS from successful Authors!! nanowrimo.org/pep-talks

Plotting Resources The WriterSaurus

NaNo Prep: 30 Tips from Writers Digest

NaNoWriMo has groups on Facebook – here’s our Maryland group and the National

Twitter has NaNo Coaches at @NaNoWriMo and writing sprints 24 hours a day for 30 days at @NaNoWordSprints!!!

 Nano Founder Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! on sale this week for only $1.99!

Medium’s NaNoWriMo articles

It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

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It’s that time again:

Time to get ready to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The marathon for first drafts, the inimitable NaNoWriMo. Nano is the writing event that taught me that “I can’t run a marathon, but I can write one!”

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Some resources to help you get ready:

If you’re not a novelist, non-fiction and other genres are more than welcome to the party.

Last year AWWG had at least 5 participants, and several members used all the inspiration to advance existing projects. You can make it work for you! There will be Write-ins several times a week in various locations, and lots of online encouragement.

Ask me about NaNoWriMo!

AWWG October Meeting 10/10

Our October Meeting is Monday the 10th. The Library is indeed open, and we’ll gather for our usual informative and entertaining event.

Monday October 10, 1:15 – 3:15 at the Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD 20607

Prompt? Has anybody seen a Prompt?

Did I give you all a prompt last time? Memory is NOT serving me at this moment! So, if you are in need of a prompt, try one of these:

  • Firelight and Shadow
  • I closed my eyes, drifted towards sleep, and then I saw….
  • Stepping up the creaking step, she pushed the key into the rusty lock. [then what?]

Come prepared to read, share your triumphs and struggles, and move forward in your writing life. Bring like-minded friends!

See you next week.

Let’s Go!! National Book Festival

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Next Saturday!

September 24  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC

Here’s some info about what’s happening, how to plan, directions and an invitation to form carpools.

National Book Festival is a FREE Library of Congress event that’s been very popular for x years. Once held on the national Mall, now it’s indoors at the DC Convention Center.

NBF can be overwhelming, there are so many authors, genres, and books! This year’s headliner, Stephen King, is already sold out. (Free tix went on ‘sale’ Monday. Sorry, gang.) The best strategy is to have a look at who you’d like to see, and plot your agenda. Then, once you’re there, expect to discovering things you hadn’t thought of!

Some of the authors I’d be interested in seeing: Jerry Pinkney, Doug Brinkley, Carl Hiassen, Noelle Stevenson, Colson Whitehead, Salman Rushdie, the list goes on! Even Shonda Rhimes will be there.

The LOC helpfully provides lots of resources to manage the event, including an app for your phone! Visit the website and get a sense of what’s happening. Check out the Book Festival Blog, which has info on how to get the most out of the event.

I suggest we form carpools. Take THIS SURVEY to help us get organized

One great strategy is to take Metro and park at Anacostia garage, since the green line Metro delivers you right into the Convention Center. A lot of people don’t use this method because the signage is SO BAD you can’t find the station garage unless you know where it is! I’ve included detailed directions for those new to this option, below.

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September Meeting: it’s ‘Back to School’!

Greetings, lovely Writing Women!

It’s that time of year, the hint of cool is in the air (please!) and we’ve all seen our days get busier since the Labor Day with that unmistakable back-to-school energy. And, indeed that was our prompt this month, to write up to 1,000 words on the theme -‘Back to School.’

I’m looking forward to your unique perspective on the idea tomorrow, Monday September 12 at 1:15pm, for our monthly meeting at the Accokeek Library. 

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AWWG is also back to school for another year, our 5th!! I completely expect another awesome year of writing adventures and progress. I am so proud of our members’ successes: new books, stories, edits, drafts and ideas! And of all the creative risk-taking and self promotion that you’re doing to bring your work to the world.

We are growing in our 5th year, and now have an official Steering Committee made up of members who wish to play a role in guiding our continued success as a group. Email me if you’re interested in our next meeting.

We’re also encouraging additional meetings throughout the month. I’d love to hear from the Memoir Group what you’ve been doing, and I believe there’s a Marketing Group that’s forming. Other ideas about additional projects are most welcome!

With the Falling Leaves comes NANOWRIMO!

Don’t forget that NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. For info on our past NaNo doings search the tag ‘nanowrimo’ and visit their web site and blog. October is the time to get ready to write, so we’ll be posting about that here. And of course we’ll host NaNo events in November. Stay tuned!

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