What we're about

Hello everyone,

This Meetup is for anyone who wants to do some writing and finds it helpful to work with other people who have the same goal. I like to have a set time to write every morning and, surprisingly, I find that if I am part of a group with other people who are doing the same, the peer pressure seems to help to keep me at it, and not switch to look at my emails or Twitter every few minutes.

You don't have to be writing fiction for this group. Any kind of writing is good, whether it's catching up on emails, writing a journal, or doing a project for work. Whatever project you are working on, we can help each other to do more, just by having a set time each week to come together and concentrate on work without distractions. You can leave at any time, but for people who have stuck at it till 12pm, we will have a chat about what we have been working on.

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Library Co-Working Group (Keep Zoom On While Working)

Hello everyone, this is an online event. I will open the Zoom at 10am each morning (except Sunday when I have another commitment.) This Meetup is for anyone who wants to get some work done from home and finds it helpful to have other people around doing the same thing. We used to meet in a library and I find I miss the accountability I got from the other regular library users. Keeping Zoom on during the session seems to help create a virtual library. We can get on with work in silence, while having the support of other members of the group to keep us going. It doesn't really matter what kind of work you are doing: whether it's a writing project, doing some research, or just paying some bills, working together seems to help us get more done. At 10am, leaving your webcam on, start work in silence on whatever you are doing and don't stop for two hours. If you find seeing all the other members of the group distracting, you can minimise Zoom to the corner of the screen once you start work. Alternatively, if seeing everyone else working keeps you going, some members of the group run Zoom on their phone or tablet and then sit and work a few feet away from the camera. You do need to keep video enabled, but apart from that, you can just do whatever works for you. If you want to join in and haven't used Zoom before, try clicking on the link before we start and check that you are able to use it on your phone / laptop. Here are the library rules for the Zoom session: 1) Keep Zoom on with video enabled for the entire two hours. Fair's fair. If seeing me writing helps you, then it has to work the other way as well. 2) Try to stay at your desk writing without taking any breaks. Be ready to start by 10am and try to keep going till 12pm before you stop. 3) If you have to leave for a few minutes, keep video on while you are away, so people can see you are planning to come back. It's a bit off-putting to see a black screen and not know if there is anyone there or not. If you aren't coming back, just post a message in the Zoom chat to say you are leaving early. 4) You can have tea or coffee, but wait until afterwards to eat any food. 5) No staring at your phone! Put it somewhere out of reach and on silent. 6) I will mute all the microphones at the start and unmute again at 12pm. If you have something urgent you need to say eg 'Help! A swarm of bees has invaded my house,' then you can unmute yourself. For anything that is not urgent, just post a message in the webchat. After 12pm, there will be time to talk about what we have been working on, but if you are on a roll with what you are doing and want to keep going, you don't have to stay. I'm still getting used to Zoom, so apologies in advance for any technical glitches. I'm always thinking about the best format for this group, now we have gone virtual. If you think there is something that could be improved, let me know.

Virtual Library Co-Working Group (Keep Zoom On While Working)

Hello everyone, this is an online event. I will open the Zoom at 10am each morning (except Sunday when I have another commitment.) This Meetup is for anyone who wants to get some work done from home and finds it helpful to have other people around doing the same thing. We used to meet in a library and I find I miss the accountability I got from the other regular library users. Keeping Zoom on during the session seems to help create a virtual library. We can get on with work in silence, while having the support of other members of the group to keep us going. It doesn't really matter what kind of work you are doing: whether it's a writing project, doing some research, or just paying some bills, working together seems to help us get more done. At 10am, leaving your webcam on, start work in silence on whatever you are doing and don't stop for two hours. If you find seeing all the other members of the group distracting, you can minimise Zoom to the corner of the screen once you start work. Alternatively, if seeing everyone else working keeps you going, some members of the group run Zoom on their phone or tablet and then sit and work a few feet away from the camera. You do need to keep video enabled, but apart from that, you can just do whatever works for you. If you want to join in and haven't used Zoom before, try clicking on the link before we start and check that you are able to use it on your phone / laptop. Here are the library rules for the Zoom session: 1) Keep Zoom on with video enabled for the entire two hours. Fair's fair. If seeing me writing helps you, then it has to work the other way as well. 2) Try to stay at your desk writing without taking any breaks. Be ready to start by 10am and try to keep going till 12pm before you stop. 3) If you have to leave for a few minutes, keep video on while you are away, so people can see you are planning to come back. It's a bit off-putting to see a black screen and not know if there is anyone there or not. If you aren't coming back, just post a message in the Zoom chat to say you are leaving early. 4) You can have tea or coffee, but wait until afterwards to eat any food. 5) No staring at your phone! Put it somewhere out of reach and on silent. 6) I will mute all the microphones at the start and unmute again at 12pm. If you have something urgent you need to say eg 'Help! A swarm of bees has invaded my house,' then you can unmute yourself. For anything that is not urgent, just post a message in the webchat. After 12pm, there will be time to talk about what we have been working on, but if you are on a roll with what you are doing and want to keep going, you don't have to stay. I'm still getting used to Zoom, so apologies in advance for any technical glitches. There is a WhatsApp group where members of the group can share links to things they have written. If you want to join it, send me a direct message with a mobile number and I will add you in I'm always thinking about the best format for this group, now we have gone virtual. If you think there is something that could be improved, let me know.

Virtual Library Co-Working Group (Keep Zoom On While Working)

Hello everyone, this is an online event. I will open the Zoom at 10am each morning (except Sunday when I have another commitment.) This Meetup is for anyone who wants to get some work done from home and finds it helpful to have other people around doing the same thing. We used to meet in a library and I find I miss the accountability I got from the other regular library users. Keeping Zoom on during the session seems to help create a virtual library. We can get on with work in silence, while having the support of other members of the group to keep us going. It doesn't really matter what kind of work you are doing: whether it's a writing project, doing some research, or just paying some bills, working together seems to help us get more done. At 10am, leaving your webcam on, start work in silence on whatever you are doing and don't stop for two hours. If you find seeing all the other members of the group distracting, you can minimise Zoom to the corner of the screen once you start work. Alternatively, if seeing everyone else working keeps you going, some members of the group run Zoom on their phone or tablet and then sit and work a few feet away from the camera. You do need to keep video enabled, but apart from that, you can just do whatever works for you. If you want to join in and haven't used Zoom before, try clicking on the link before we start and check that you are able to use it on your phone / laptop. Here are the library rules for the Zoom session: 1) Keep Zoom on with video enabled for the entire two hours. Fair's fair. If seeing me writing helps you, then it has to work the other way as well. 2) Try to stay at your desk writing without taking any breaks. Be ready to start by 10am and try to keep going till 12pm before you stop. 3) If you have to leave for a few minutes, keep video on while you are away, so people can see you are planning to come back. It's a bit off-putting to see a black screen and not know if there is anyone there or not. If you aren't coming back, just post a message in the Zoom chat to say you are leaving early. 4) You can have tea or coffee, but wait until afterwards to eat any food. 5) No staring at your phone! Put it somewhere out of reach and on silent. 6) I will mute all the microphones at the start and unmute again at 12pm. If you have something urgent you need to say eg 'Help! A swarm of bees has invaded my house,' then you can unmute yourself. For anything that is not urgent, just post a message in the webchat. After 12pm, there will be time to talk about what we have been working on, but if you are on a roll with what you are doing and want to keep going, you don't have to stay. I'm still getting used to Zoom, so apologies in advance for any technical glitches. There is a WhatsApp group where members of the group can share links to things they have written. If you want to join it, send me a direct message with a mobile number and I will add you in I'm always thinking about the best format for this group, now we have gone virtual. If you think there is something that could be improved, let me know.

Virtual Library Co-Working Group (Keep Zoom On While Working)

Hello everyone, this is an online event. I will open the Zoom at 10am each morning (except Sunday when I have another commitment.) This Meetup is for anyone who wants to get some work done from home and finds it helpful to have other people around doing the same thing. We used to meet in a library and I find I miss the accountability I got from the other regular library users. Keeping Zoom on during the session seems to help create a virtual library. We can get on with work in silence, while having the support of other members of the group to keep us going. It doesn't really matter what kind of work you are doing: whether it's a writing project, doing some research, or just paying some bills, working together seems to help us get more done. At 10am, leaving your webcam on, start work in silence on whatever you are doing and don't stop for two hours. If you find seeing all the other members of the group distracting, you can minimise Zoom to the corner of the screen once you start work. Alternatively, if seeing everyone else working keeps you going, some members of the group run Zoom on their phone or tablet and then sit and work a few feet away from the camera. You do need to keep video enabled, but apart from that, you can just do whatever works for you. If you want to join in and haven't used Zoom before, try clicking on the link before we start and check that you are able to use it on your phone / laptop. Here are the library rules for the Zoom session: 1) Keep Zoom on with video enabled for the entire two hours. Fair's fair. If seeing me writing helps you, then it has to work the other way as well. 2) Try to stay at your desk writing without taking any breaks. Be ready to start by 10am and try to keep going till 12pm before you stop. 3) If you have to leave for a few minutes, keep video on while you are away, so people can see you are planning to come back. It's a bit off-putting to see a black screen and not know if there is anyone there or not. If you aren't coming back, just post a message in the Zoom chat to say you are leaving early. 4) You can have tea or coffee, but wait until afterwards to eat any food. 5) No staring at your phone! Put it somewhere out of reach and on silent. 6) I will mute all the microphones at the start and unmute again at 12pm. If you have something urgent you need to say eg 'Help! A swarm of bees has invaded my house,' then you can unmute yourself. For anything that is not urgent, just post a message in the webchat. After 12pm, there will be time to talk about what we have been working on, but if you are on a roll with what you are doing and want to keep going, you don't have to stay. I'm still getting used to Zoom, so apologies in advance for any technical glitches. There is a WhatsApp group where members of the group can share links to things they have written. If you want to join it, send me a direct message with a mobile number and I will add you in I'm always thinking about the best format for this group, now we have gone virtual. If you think there is something that could be improved, let me know.

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