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!

 

 

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

I thought AWWG WordFest Was Fabulous! Share your opinion:

Here’s a quick survey for attendees and AWWG members to provide feedback on this year’s summer event, AWWG WordFest!

Please let us know about your experience!

Thank You!!

Your Opinions Count

Please leave your suggestions in a comment, below. Or email patrise for a confidential message.

 

Cool Twitter #Hashtags for Writers!

from the blog Book Marketing Tools check out:

Twitter Daily #Hashtags for Writers

One way to have personal tweets stand out is by using hashtags. Anyone who uses Twitter for a day knows that hashtags are a way to target a tweet to particular interests, i.e #mystery or #romance.

You can go beyond category hashtags, however, with a whole week of hashtags designed to introduce your content to engaged readers, you could continue to use hashtags only to boost your current Twitter book marketing.

Using the chart below, tweet what is relevant to that hashtag on the specific day:

#MondayBlogs: Tweet a link to a blog post from your blog or another author’s. Ideally the blog is published on that Monday.

#TeaserTues: Tweet a link to an excerpt, with a brief but tantalizing quote from it.

#WW or #WriterWednesday: Give a shoutout to fellow authors, with a short reason for following them. You can list more than one author in a tweet. It’s a nice thing to do, plus a great way to build a following.

#IndieThursday: Tweet a shout or a link for a fellow indie author, or just a link to your own indie-pubbed book.

#FridayReads: Tweet suggested weekend reading. Yours of course, but also books you recommend.

#SampleSaturday: Share a one sentence writing sample, put it in quotes, and add the link to the book.

#Sample Sunday: the same as Saturday but possibly a bit more well known to readers surfing for their next read.

Click on some of these and see what you get. Savvy Tweeters will notice some of these links are accounts (@) and some are Hashtags (#) Often the Account sponsors the Hashtag, and retweets you when you use it.

AWWG Marketing Discussion

MarketingForWriters

What: Marketing Day

We’re gathering to share what we know about marketing our writing, and learn new things! Come and hang out and add your twentyfive cents worth!

When: Saturday July 16
Noon-4pm, then Potluck

Where: Teresa’s House
in Fort Washington (contact her for directions, click here)

What if I can’t make it? We’ll most likely do this again – there’s a lot to know. Stay tuned by Following or Subscribing to this Blog.

How to Write a Great Book Review

Hey, we all need to get reviews of our writing. And I’m sure you get asked for reviews too! So come and learn how to take the mystery and the chore out of leaving reviews for your sister writers.

How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

About this FREE workshop:

This hands-on workshop will explore writing tips and strategies for creating unique and engaging book reviews. We will look beyond just writing a book review and I will effectively help you to write a great book review. In addition, you will learn how to better express your personal response to a book you have read. 

Takeaways:

  • Improve your book review writing skills
  • Learn what to include in a great book review
  • Learn how to plan and structure a quick and easy book review
  • Write and publish a great book review of your own on Amazon

Pre-requisites and Preparation:  Basic understanding of writing a book review

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
WHERE: 
Potomac LIBRARY (off of Rt 210 in Bryans Road, MD)
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr
Indian Head, MD 20640
301.375.7375 
TIME:
2-4
INSTRUCTOR:
Cheryl Holloway

News & Goods from the September Meeting

So Many Fabulous Coming Events!

For the MOST RECENT details, see our Calendar

AWWG FALL RETREAT  Saturday Oct 17 – Monday Oct. 19

Tidewater VA, a gorgeous waterfront house with wrap around porch and water views all around awaits us for two blissful days and nights without distraction. For a very modest cost, we can live in comfort and dive into our work, coming together to share only as needed. Reserve your space NOW. Deadline to notify Georgette Friday Sept. 18. Only a few spaces left.

AWWG Submit Your Work meeting

Purpose: to review some of our many options for submitting work and set goals together. I’ll bring The Writer’s Market and Poets & Writers magazine. Please bring any listings you have to share. UPDATE: the Accokeek Library will NOT be available for Monday 9/21. I am working with the Library for ongoing room access. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for Monday September 28, 1:00 – 3:00, location TBD.

Fairfax Co. Library’s Book Club Conference, Sept. 19th, 9:00 – 1:45 pm. features keynote speaker Celeste Ng. I highly recommend her novel Everything I Never Told You

AWWG will have a table at Book Lover’s Bazaar Saturday Oct. 10th in Woodbridge, VA

NaNoWriMo NEWS & EVENTS

GET READY FOR NANO!  Carol Burbank is giving two consecutive workshops with Mia Zachary at the Village Connector in Laurel, MD.  Two consecutive Tuesdays October 13  and 20,  7:00-9:00 pm

AWWG NaNoWriMo KICK OFF  Monday November 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Accokeek Library

“COME WRITE IN!”  events in November – write-ins for NaNoWriMo participants in Accokeek, Waldorf, LaPlata and more. Stay tuned for more details

AWWG NaNoWriMo CELEBRATION  Monday December 7,6:00 – 8:00 pm  with Participants readings at the Accokeek Library

MEMBERS’ GOOD NEWS!!

Carol Burbank’s new book, Answer the Call to Adventure, which is Playbook One from Storyweaving Press, will be available October 1st. You bet she’ll be bringing a stack to the meeting!

Nicole Commisionong’s Blog  mum in motion has been optioned for a tv show! WOW!! Stay tuned for more, and read Nicole’s blog in the mean time.

NOVEMBER MEETING  11/11

We may have a very special Guest Author Jennifer Handford, novelist. She’s asked us to purchase books in exchange for giving a talk to AWWG, and a show of hands revealed enough interest to pursue this. Stay tuned!!  Meanwhile, check out Jennifer’s books: Daughters for a Time, Acts of Contrition and the soon to be released Light of Hidden Flowers at the link above.

Who here is the least bit surprised?

A male name makes you 8 times more likely to get published, one female author finds.

HommedePlumeSo reads the headline of this article in the UK Independant earlier this month. Author Catherine Nichols received a strikingly positive response to here query letters once she realized what was wrong with her pitch: she was using her own, female, name.

After nearly 50 rejections of her well crafted queries she finally gave it a try: set up a new email under a male name and gave it another go. Almost immediately she received an enthusiastic response, from both male and female literary agents, including several who had previously rejected her book.

In another article about her in the Guardian, she explains:

“Apparently ‘George’ is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book. Fully a third of the agents who saw his query wanted to see more.”

Read her original essay about this on Jezebel 

Oh, What a Week it Was!

2015 Summer Camp Report

What an AMAZING week!

While I knew we would have fun and inspire each other, Summer Camp 2015 exceeded my wildest expectations for participation, enthusiasm, creativity and just plain FUN!

Some facts:

  • 5 days
  • 10 events
  • Multiple media & formats including:
    • Teleconference
    • Book discussion
    • Movie Night
    • 3 Workshops
    • Guest author
    • Readings
    • Celebration!
  • 5 Venues
  • 3 Meals

 Highlights

  • Every event was fully attended
  • New events were planned, including:
  • And Monday’s regular meeting was still packed with enthusiastic members! (plus we were visited by a reporter from the Independant)

I am so proud of us!

Accokeek Women’s Writing Group ROCKS!!