The Greater Cleveland Writers Meet up Group Monthly Meetup

  • October 1, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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We'll introduce new visitors, and do a quick recap of what every one is working on.

Bring samples of your 'work' to share, or a question, a struggle, .... this group has a ton of experience, or at least a ton of empathy. Any writer is welcome, and genre. Sci-Fi, Fiction, Fantasy, Technical, Non-Fiction, you name it.... We will stay in the main area of books, but can also discuss freelancing to magazines, zines, blogging for fun and profit, you name it. Create a 30 second elevator speech on your work, and why some one should publish it.... and where?

If you don't know what an elevator speech is, that's ok, once you join you can access an elevator speech template in our files section! Most importantly, what are you willing to do about getting published? Or what does being published mean to you.

You'd be surprised how many writers never intend to make money from their writing, but just want to be published. [u][b]I'll also discuss what I find are the top 5 reasons most writers never publish, if things get dull, and so far they never have!. I will also cover 5 tactics you can use to get published. [/b][/u] [b]Our home is at Vision 21 which is at:[/b] 20220 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH 44136.

Questions or concerns email me [masked] Size is limited to 35 people. If you RSVP 'yes' please show up because we reserve space . I request every one who joins us to kick in $5 as I have to pay for the space, and bring an item to share if you can.

If things are tight, come anyway. Please be considerate this keeps the venue eager to see us again next month.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Shannon,
    Thanks, I will check it out. I wrote a chapter about the winter in Quebec last month and your advice might help. Thanks to some insightful feedback, I recently realized that my writing uses too many adjectives as a crutch. Sign of an amateur. Hemingway..well Hemingway is Hemingway. He never tells you how to feel. He just lays it out there as it happens. I guess technically a 42 adjectives limit per page is an accepted guide line, but art is never black and white. The important thing is just to recognize the problem, and try to rein it in. Once I become aware of it, it becomes easy to spot.
    I Just need some creative energy to show everything better in the story..wish I could find some creative pill, but so far I am stuck with caffeine and occasional headaches.
    Perhaps I need some wine ...

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Jason A.

      i hear staring at the color green for a while spurs creativity.

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can not hurt

      October 5, 2013

  • Shannon E.

    If you happen to see this, Chris, and for anyone else:

    Patricia Briggs does an excellent job showing the character of her settings. In her book "Cry Wolf," she describes a little bit of the setting in most scenes, usually in one or two paragraphs at a time that, since it's romance, bridges into how the setting affects or is affected by the POV character's feelings or thoughts. Paging through, the third, fifth, and sixth scenes in chapter 7 jumped out at me. For me, one of the things that brings her settings, especially the wintry climate here, to life is that she picks out details that you think about when you're there and mostly forget about afterward: the sharp contrast between snow and evergreens, the way paths get lost in the snow, how fast passengers clutch for the OMG bar in icy conditions. She doesn't stick to it very long, just enough to get a mood going. That might not work with the style you're going for, but it's at least something to consider. How did Hemingway do it?

    October 3, 2013

  • dave van h.

    Many great reads, insights. Worked on Query Letters too.

    October 3, 2013

  • Cliff A.

    I'm always motivated to write after every session.

    October 2, 2013

  • David A.

    I was very much anticipating my first meeting, but I had to cancel last minute - sorry! hopefully someone on wait list sees this and can get in

    October 1, 2013

  • Justin P.

    Will not make it for sure. Much to do. Will catch you all next month!

    October 1, 2013

  • Scott A. M.

    I'm not going to make it tonight as I have a wicked cold and I'm guessing you guys would prefer that I don't share it with everyone. I will see you next month.

    October 1, 2013

  • Justin P.

    Might not make it this month. Deadlines.

    September 30, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    please ....put me on the waiting list! tks ~

    September 25, 2013

  • Scott A. M.

    Howdy all. I just self-published my first novel, The Immortal And The Dead, on Amazon. You can find links to it on my website, www.scottamehlman.com. Let me know what you think if you check it out. See you at the next meeting.

    September 8, 2013

  • Brett W.

    For all new attendees, the new address is 20220 Center Ridge in Rocky River, 3rd floor conference room!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Amber R.

    looking forward to seeing you all .

    July 3, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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