Focus on Long Form Work (e.g. novels, screen plays etc)

Hi All.

I kind of totally forgot to set this meetup up, so we'll extend the deadline for the long pieces to this Monday, the 23rd of September (normally it would be a week in advance of the meetup). Hopefully this will give us enough time to read and (mentally) digest the pieces before Thursday.

So this, by and large, will be the format of the meeting:

I) An introductory bit, where we each give a run down on what we're working on. 

II) We have a discussion around a theme. This can happen after the critiques either. I'm thinking we can discuss:

Daily work targets - is it better to aim for a certain number of words or to aim to spend a certain amount of time each day writing?

And/or

Is creative writing itself something we can learn or is it something we just do and hopefully improve at with practice?

If anyone has any other ideas they want to bring to the table, the rectangular table in the corner of the annex to the Library Bar hopefully, let us know.

III) We critique each other's long pieces. We're not going to read the pieces at the meetup, so it might be good to bring your thoughts on a piece of paper or in the form of a song or otherwise recorded. :-)

Prior to the meeting, by Monday at the latest ideally, we will each email these long pieces (around 2,500ish words) to the address [masked] and they can be read there by logging into the gmail account using the password 'published'. (You can go to gmail.com in your web browser to sign in. You may need to sign out first if you're already signed in to google.)

Final notes:

- If you don't manage to read all the pieces in the inbox - don't worry. Come along anyway.

- If you're not working on long pieces - that's totally fine, come along anyway, and feel free to bring a sample of your work (less than 300 words) if you would like us to read or critique it.

- If you just want to see what the buzz is at this, that's fine too - all are welcome.

- It might be best to submit stuff to the gmail account in .rtf or .pdf format - just to make sure everyone can read it on whatever device they're using.

- If you would like to be an assistant organiser, set up and announce your own fun, interesting meetups and get all the fantastic perks* that go along with the job, please let me know.

Happy digging in the boggy soil of words with thine keyboards!

Ray.



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  • Seanan K.

    Can't make this one, day's buggered up thanks to bicycle puncture which has triggered a cascade of shit and led to no time now to get anything read.

    September 26, 2013

    • Seanan K.

      Right you are! I sent the wrong file, sorry about that. If it wouldn't be a problem I'd like the chance to discuss it alright, I got little or no feedback on the original piece after it was published and like I said I'd be keen to give it a few final tweaks as I don't feel it's quite there, the other thing would be I find the notion of identity and Irishness interesting and might want to develop it more in the future.

      September 26, 2013

    • Raymond S.

      Thanks Seanan. Will check out the full version. We could maybe discuss it at the next Short Works in about two weeks if you can make that? I'll keep it in the inbox so everyone can read it if they want. I enjoyed reading what I've read so far - it's a fascinating subject and I'm sure we all have thoughts about it..

      September 27, 2013

  • Teresa M.

    Sorry I can't make it

    September 25, 2013

    • Raymond S.

      No worries Teresa, thanks for updating your RSVP, see you again.

      September 26, 2013

  • Raymond S.

    I've submitted my piece. Better late than never, I hope. No exploding heads this time, but plenty of brain damage, the beginning of a human-alien romance and a shootout with the law, in the form of a glowing purple android.

    So we have four pieces so far. Hopefully we'll get a few more before Thursday...

    September 24, 2013

  • Edmond B.

    I offering has just gone up. Sorry so late, I was out of the country but I'd finished writing it before I left, just forgot to actually put it up. Whoops. Couple of points on the work.
    This is the introduction chapter for the second main character.
    Perspective has changed from first to third person. This is deliberate to distinguish between the two point of view characters.
    Since it is a time travel piece the plan (vague, vague plan) is for things to happen out of order for the two characters for at least the first few chapters.
    Word count somewhere around the two thousand mark. The two attachments are the same thing, just in different file formats. See you on Thursday Edmond

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Raymond S.

    How to punctuate dialogue, something that I know little about.... litreactor.com/columns/talk-it-out-how-to-punctuate-dialogue-in-your-prose

    September 23, 2013

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