Novel Writing Support Group Welcome to our first session April 23, 2009
Agenda Check in: What we're doing and where we all are Overcoming obstacles: in the work Overcoming obstacles: in life Discipline vs. creativity Supporting each other virtually Plan for the next two weeks
Check in: What we're doing and where we all are We're going to introduce ourselves and describe where we are in our novels.
Overcoming obstacles: in the work Obstacles include blocking, dead-end plots, characters who lose their appeal, concentrating on minutia, and being afraid of where the journey is taking us. And many others. We'll talk about what's working and what isn't working. Then we'll brainstorm ways to cope with these obstacles. Possibly the obstacles are telling us something about the work itself that we can use in a meaningful way.
Overcoming obstacles: in life Laundry, grocery shopping, kids to pick up, dinner to fix, spending time with family, and then (in my life) there's SCBWI which is both a wonderful opportunity and a way to procrastinate writing. We'll talk about overcoming these obstacles and share our methods for doing so.
Discipline vs. creativity Write every day from 6 AM to noon? Produce three pages every day come rain, come shine, even on vacation? Or is it better to write spontaneously when we're feeling creative? Has anyone tried keeping a writing log?
Supporting each other virtually Do we want to check in and keep a log and nag each other to work? I've heard of this technique being very successful. Does anyone want to try it? Do we want to do a virtual group writing date? We can all agree to log on at the same time and spend a specific amount of time writing. We could try the buddy system - pair off and agree to check in with each other. What other suggestions can we brainstorm?
Plan for the next two weeks Let's put it down on paper and keep it next to our computers or our notebooks. We'll meet again on May 7 to discuss how things are going.