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!

 

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!

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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August Meeting Report

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Pat Crew’s Workshop attendees

This being August, we had lower attendance than usual but there was plenty of great news, prompt writing and planning for the 2016-17 season at this meeting.

Last Week’s WordFest 2016 was proclaimed a splendid success by all who attended. Hurrahs to all who hosted, lead events and attended. Please take the poll in the previous post, if you haven’t already!

Member News & Goods

CAROL got inspired at Happy Hour to launch a new poetry project, and a check for book sales arrived!

KAY thanked Cheryl for the Procrastination workshop. It helped her to plan ahead, negotiate with her husband, and prioritize writing on her calendar.

CHERYL – spoke at the Society of Restoration of Port Tobacco MD local authors event – 13 authors, Charles county. Got good and tough feedback on a book almost done.

CARRIE also read at thePort Tobacco book event, selling every book she brought! Her book The Single Minded Prince was especially popular!

GEE  – now has a sample of her children’s book Gro-c-ery Story. She’s holding readings with kids, launched her NEW BLOG, and continues editing on her novel.

TERESA – Held a poignant reading of her book More than my Share of Pain last Friday that was well attended. She reports that the Telecall was especially useful – Dr Briles offers lots of ideas, a podcast and the free call every week.

Prompts: Last & New

Create a travel piece brought out many readers brought existing work for their wanderings. They were engaging, poignant and fun. Great work everyone!

This months Prompt is ‘Back to School’ I failed to announce it at the meeting – but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Consider taking an unusal approach to the idea – rather than reporting on your experience directly, choose an alternate point of view or use a form (poetry, essay, journalism, fiction) that is outside your comfort zone.  Have fun!

New 2016-17 Season:

We have lots of new ideas for the new year! I am excited to see so many members working to create great experiences for AWWG, and wanting to see it grow. Stay tuned, I may call a planning meeting for members before the September meeting.

EVENTS: when you come across events, conferences and workshops you think we’d be interested in, please send them to me or post on this blog.

Book & Writers Conferences & Workshops:

Please keep an eye out and share what you find. Post here or email to me.

National Book Festival
September 24 – Washington Convention Center
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Baltimore Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 – Towson University
http://www.baltimorewritersconference.org/

 

ACTIVITY IDEAS for 2016-2017 season

Important: if you really want something to happen, make it happen. Ask for help, but be a leader!

  • HandMade book – Patrise
  • October Retreat 1st or 3rd weekend- Gee
  • Rant/Slam – Carol
  • NaNoWriMo! – Patrise
  • Book Discussion – same book, various books
  • Social Media, Video workshops
  • Marketing Day
  • Visiting Authors – Cheryl, others
  • Marketing our Group – PGCC, CSM, local press
  • Public Readings – at our Library or others
  • find/create events Similar to Port Tobacco with multiple authors giving book talks, readings

NEXT WEEK!! WordFest Summer Fun

Check it out! WordFest Schedule is up. If you’re local to Accokeek, you can join us for a week of learning and fun.

The Line-UP

Would you like to learn to find your own ‘Object of Writing’? How about make a promotional video? Come to Happy Hour with a book that inspires the writer in you, and stay for Movie Night- films about women writers. Kick procrastination out the door, learn about social media for writers, and perform your work with passion. It’s all on the schedule for the 2nd annual Summer Camp: WordFest 2016!

Visit the lineup page and click on the last column for contact info or handout for each event.

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Successful Blogging

Here are some great tips from blogger K.L. Register  from her blog The Ninth Life

(Remember on of the benefits of AWWG is your blog, where you can gain experience on a group blog before you decide to launch your own! Let me know if I can help you get started~ Patrise)

A list of what has helped make the The Ninth Life a success:

1). Be YOU! Be sincere. Be personable. Be authentic. Write from your heart. Never be afraid to let your audience see who you really are.

2). Write about topics that interest you! Look for sources of inspiration from life. Write about your personal life. Tell us about your adventures. Share your passion with us. Write about the lessons (accomplishments and failures) you have experienced in life. Write about topics that will help others. Provide people with knowledge and insight.

3). Proofread as you write your work. Proofread once you have finished your work. Proofread after you post your work. If it doesn’t make sense to you, chances are it won’t make sense to your reader. Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect. But, you may lose valuable readers if your post is too confusing or contains too many grammatical errors.more…

4). Engage with other members of the blogging community. Read their work. Comment on their posts. Don’t be afraid to hit the LIKE button if you truly like what you have read (it will make the other person feel so good inside). FOLLOW those blogs that interest or excite you! Become actively involved in another person’s world and that person will become actively involved in your world.

5). Welcome people to your blog. Make your readers feel like they are at your home (literally). Introduce yourself. Post a picture of YOU. People don’t care that you don’t look like a Victoria Secret’s Model. People want to share a real connection with a real person.

6). Read and respond to comments on your blog. If someone takes time out of their schedule to leave a comment on your post, then take time out of your schedule to respond back. Reality is: You won’t agree with every reader that comments on a post. And, that is totally fine. Be open-minded. Share your beliefs, opinions, or thoughts but accept that everyone doesn’t believe or think the same way you do. Be willing to listen… more…

7). Keep your blog layout simple and make it easy to interact with. Everyone has heard the age-old expression, “less is more.” Well, when it comes to blogging it really does seem so. You want enough information on your blog to interest a reader, but you don’t want so much information that a reader becomes overwhelmed. You want your blog to be neat and organized. more…

8). Don’t be a SCAREDY CAT! Experiment and try new things! Try a new writing style: Write a poem. Write a short story. Write a novel. Write about different blog topics! Variety is food for the soul.

9). Actively share links to your blog on all social media platforms that you are a part of. Unfortunately, followers and readers don’t just magically appear. It is your responsibility to promote your blog. It is your duty to let people know that your blog exists!

10). Don’t get discouraged. There will be times when you will feel like deleting your blog (I have felt that same feeling). There will be times when you tell yourself, “What I have to share really doesn’t seem to matter to anyone.” But, guess what? What you have to share really does matter! You just have to figure out a way to let other people know that your blog EXISTS!

You may have 100,000 followers, you may have 10,000 followers, you may have 100 followers, you may have 10 followers, or you may have only 1 follower. But, at the end of the day, that person or group of people chose to follow YOU! They chose to follow you because they wanted to, not because they were forced to.

 

You can read more of K. L. Register’s blog HERE, and you can start your own blogging adventure by guest blogging for us! Please comment if you’re interested, we always welcome new authors.

It’s National Novel Writing Month!

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Did you know?

…that every November over 300,000 writers start their word counts at midnight on Halloween and challenge themselves to 50,000 words in 30 days?  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

 

And did you know that in 2014:

325,142 participants worldwide, including 81,311 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, students and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists. How awesome is that?

Locally, our group is hosting a public Kick-Off  in partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Party

Monday November 2 6:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Meet local writers
  • Learn more about NaNoWriMo
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • learn about library resources

Please share this with your family and friends and encourage participation. Even if you are not writing for NaNoWriMo this year, help raise energy for writers and writing in general and support your local Library. Let’s have a party!!

It’s Almost NaNo Time again!!!

What is NaNo, you ask? National Novel Writing Month comes every year in November, and that’s when I join over 300,000 of my closest writer friends in the quest to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Can it be done? Of course! I’m a four-time winner!

Now, truth be told, winning means I met my goal, and exceeded the 50,000 word count. (That means I have a pile of rough drafts!) Some writers set other goals. In the Young Writers Program, kids work with a teacher or mentor to set an achievable goal. Not everyone writes a novel, either. NaNo Rebels have their own Forum hangout and pursue their memoirs, essays, poetry and plays with the enthusiastic support of the community.

It’s a global event, and there are local and state organizers who help us track our progress and hold meetups everywhere there are NaNo writers. Including Accokeek, MD.

This year I am so proud: our host library is an official Come Write In location! We’re having a big Kick-Off event on Monday November 2 from 6:o0 to 8:30 pm! Come and meet WriMo participants from the past, present and future, and get motivated to write like you never have before. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendar for  Monday December 7 when we’ll celebrate our achievements from 6:o0 to 8:30 pm. There will be party fare and author readings, and more! Stay tuned to this blog for details as they arise.

Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions you have about NaNoWriMo – I love to share and encourage more writers to join in the fun.

Here’s a pep talk from the NaNoWriMo blog:

Wrimos Around the World: “Swallow Your Fears and Keep Moving.”

One of the best parts of NaNoWriMo is the incredible community of writers behind it. Today, Lise Quintana, creator of the Lithomobilus platform and head of Zoetic Press, shares how the lessons she’s learned from NaNoWriMo have applied to her many entrepreneurial projects:

When did you first participate in NaNo, and what drew you to it?

I found NaNoWriMo in 2002, when a colleague emailed me an article in early October saying “These people are crazy.” I signed up before I responded to his email. For my first NaNoWriMo, I have to admit:

to read Lise’s confession and the rest of her article, click here for more: “Swallow Your Fears, con’t.”