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theperplexedpoet · 7 days ago
the collective (the pawn wandered aimless) - a new poem
the collective it gathers here in the power of words they come to share what matters here where they can all be heard as all the blocks get shattered so the dream it gets preserved the collective it gathers here in the power of words so the pawn wandered aimless through this web, widely woven pain and pen set to frame this scars borne out in the open but he knew there must be more than this cold path tread alone magic he had touched before and that he had once called home but that was before the storm broke what will he had within when it then became his norm to retreat into his pen from there he heard a choir singing a familiar verse then he approached the risers just as he had once rehearsed the collective it gathers here in the power of words they come to share what matters here where they can all be heard as all the blocks get shattered so the dream it gets preserved the collective it gathers here in the power of words so the pawn wandered aimless through this web, widely woven pretended he was blameless as each retreat was chosen still he knew there must be more when he heard the chorus sing magic he had touched before when his voice had little ring back long before the storm clouds gathered intent to break him too cold to ever warm crowds with sentiments forsaken and so he turned defeated from the guild's gilded tower here, ever the retreated no hero's quest or power the collective it gathers here in the power of words they come to share what matters here where they can all be heard as all the blocks get shattered so the dream it gets preserved the collective it gathers here in the power of words as the pawn wandered aimless through this web, widely woven for a chance to re-frame this knew he must remain open for he knew that there was more and it was empowering magic he had touched before that kept him from cowering that he had too long ignored in these waves of suffering so he sang again once more with the choir's offering he stepped up on the risers just as he had once rehearsed new counsel, new advisors and that old familiar verse the collective it gathers here in the power of words they come to share what matters here where they can all be heard as all the blocks get shattered so the dream it gets preserved the collective it gathers here in the power of words here the pawn found direction through this web, widely woven in flames of resurrection where a new fate was chosen (4/8/2021)
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nd-disabled-garden · 21 days ago
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Welcome to The Garden! We are a group/network dedicated to supporting, providing resources to, and creating a space for neurodivergent and/or disabled writers. We would also love for this to be a space for resources and advice with writing neurodivergent and disabled representation. 
We are pro self-diagnosis and completely welcoming of those who think they may be neurodivergent and/or disabled but don't have a solid answer or access to resources. We as a group cannot ultimately decide where the boundaries of neurodivergence and disability end, but we welcome those who are questioning or are unsure if they fall under the neurodivergent and disabled umbrellas but want to find community with those who share your experiences. We’re also welcoming of those with invisible illnesses.
However, we do not accept bigots of any kind, nor do we accept those who excuse plagiarism. We intend for The Garden to be a safe space for all.
While the network is for all ages, the Discord server is 16+. This is for the safety and comfort of everyone involved. Those under 16 are still free to use the resources we provide, follow the blog, send asks, and use the tracking tag (#ndgtracking).
That all being said, we are still under heavy construction. We need feedback from you guys on how to run this network as well as the Discord server. Please, if you're able to, check out this Google Form and provide any feedback you can!
This blog and the Discord server are not ready for operation yet, as we would like to get some feedback. However, we will let you know when they are!
Neurotypical and able-bodied people, please boost this post so that it’s able to reach more people!
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persephone-pensdown · 2 months ago
Are there any active writing groups online? I miss the community...
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birchbarkparkyr · 2 months ago
Writing Tips: Find Your Writing Group
Writing Tips: Find Your Writing Group
I won’t say this is easy to accomplish, but finding a writing group to join is one of the essentials. I’ve been rather migratory, myself, but during the interim I’ve had a support group that is always happy to hear about my ideas and character designs. Having even one person you can share your writing with is helpful, though having a group can help your story grow into the one you truly want to…
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aye-write · 2 months ago
Where can i find writer groups? Like a prompt a week or something like this
Hi friend! Thanks for your ask! 
I suppose it would depend on if you wanted it to be a sort of “Real Life” writer group that meets in person, one done over Zoom etc., or a fully online one! I know that local groups exist everywhere if that’s your thing, so you’d probably do best researching online like “writing groups (my area)”. Libraries as well may be a good shout, as they have heaps of local knowledge and will be able to point you in the right direction. Obviously, that’ll depend a lot on how Covid is impacting whichever country you’re in, so many may have moved to Zoom etc. 
Online communities are very fun for writer’s groups! Discord is huge for writing groups and many of them hold competitions or post writing prompts for their users. The one I’m a co-Admin of holds a bi-monthly competition where users submit short (750 word) stories anonymously based on the previous winner’s prompt, so I’m sure there’ll be plenty of those to be found everywhere! :) 
If any of my followers know any good writer groups/communities they could recommend, please reply or reblog to help a fellow writer out! 
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wingsyouburn · 3 months ago
GYWO Open for 2021 Membership!
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I joined Get Your Words Out two years ago, after @runicmagitek​ found the community and pointed it out to me. Writing was a thing I've done all the time, but without a ton of accountability. I only counted words during Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo, and randomly wrote in between. I started with a modest pledge: 250,000 words in 2019. I had no idea if I'd make it or not, but I figured it would be a challenge.
As it turned out, GYWO showed me exactly what I could be capable of if I set goals and strive for them. I wrote over 400,000 words in 2019. For 2020, I went with a habit goal, knowing I would be working on editing this year. I've managed to hit my goal for 2020 as well, which is awesome! But I would not have done so without the community support. Just knowing that I had to show some progress at the monthly check ins encouraged me to keep going, even through the dumpster fire that is this year.
GYWO feels, to me, like a community where they emphasis is not just, "How much can you write?" but "How can we support you in your writing?" From challenges and writing prompts to encouragement posts, the community is amazing. If you're looking to get into the habit of writing on a more regular basis, GYWO is a great resource.
You can check out more via the GYWO website, the Dreamwidth community, and the pledges and requirements post. Hope to see you there!
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Writing Tip #100
This is especially relevant now that it’s nanowrimo. Writing groups can be very helpful. It’s a great way to get friendly critiques of your work, and knowing that you have a meeting coming up can help inspire you to meet your writing goal. It’s also good fun to have a group of friends who enjoy writing as much as you do, and who will understand what you’re going through as you’re writing or editing your work.
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justzoni · 5 months ago
NoNaNoVember Day 5: Writing Groups
Today, I want to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart: writing groups.
Everybody who writes needs a writing group. Writing groups are a lot like people: they have personalities, they come and go, you need to learn how to trust them and, wherever you are (physically or in your writing career), they should be there for you.
November is a huge month for writing groups. A lot of people find their first (and sometimes their forever) group through NaNoWriMo. Back when the forums were not made of ass (sorry, not sorry) and when the internet was not distracted by the unlection, NaNo made for an easy way to find local groups.
Back in 2004 or so, I managed to find the NaNoWriMo group in Athens, Ohio. They were a decent size of about ten people. Kind of a rag-tag group made up of nerds, college students, a couple of moms, and one guy who I’m pretty sure just got lost and sat down at a write-in for the hell of it. Well, here I am 16 years later and I’m still writing with that same group. It’s changed a lot over the years. People come and go. Meetings have changed formats. The leadership has even changed hands (only three times!) over the years, but they never cease to amaze.
What makes that group so remarkable is the fact that the people in it genuinely give a damn. They’re mostly on Discord now, for COVID reasons, but the people in the group aren’t always in the Athens area anymore. Me, I’m in Virginia. Pretty sure they’ve got a couple of West Coasters in there. People get to know them locally and then move. But they still keep coming back, all because the members care about each other, want to help other writers succeed, and they’ve sort of become a delightfully dysfunctional family over the years.
As a writer, I’d like to hope that each and every person reading this will someday find a group as wonderful as that. So, I guess the question is: what makes a good writing group?
 Activity. Activity is a must. You want a group where people are actively talking, interacting, and doing things together. Conversation is great. Word sprints are better. Buddy programs and the like are the gold standard.
Camaraderie. Good interpersonal relationships among current members are always a good sign.
No assholes. Obviously.
The ability to ask questions. I think this is the most important.
If you ever find yourself in a group where people wave their publishing status as a badge of honor, that’s not a place to be. We’re all writers. That love of the written word should be the focus. Take your passion and use it to make new friends who might be able to help you achieve your own definition of success, whatever that might be.
As for where to find writing groups, NaNoWriMo is still a good way to do that. Networking can also be a valuable resource. Ask around, and target communities that are always open to new members. Feeling shy? The best way to start is also the obvious way: just say hi.  
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halfwayrealwritinggroup · 6 months ago
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October 14 Spooky Writing Prompt
“You have amnesia? How fascinating. I’ve read that can be one of the side effects.”
Today is a dialogue prompt! Sorry for the few days of missing prompts, we’ll try to go back and fill those in! Also, give us a follow for more writing tips and prompts and advice on writing groups!
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unofficialchronicle · 6 months ago
The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.
Register for events (like readings and interviews with writers):
Check out their review:
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halfwayrealwritinggroup · 6 months ago
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Writing Group Tip: Week #2
Even when someone in your group is writing something in a different genre than you usually read or something that doesn’t align with your personal taste, try to read their submissions looking at them in such a way as to create the best version of the book the writer is trying to write—not as the best book you would write or even read. There will always be stories and characters that you connect to more easily than others, so learning to give productive feedback even on things you don’t necessarily like is important. This is doubtless a very difficult thing to do, and in our writing group we’re all still working on this skill. As you practice this with your fellow writers however, it will likely help you foster good feelings in your group and overall provide the best environment for everyone to excel at their work.
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halfwayrealwritinggroup · 6 months ago
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October 3 Halloween Writing Prompt:
“Stop rolling around so much!” complained the monsters under my bed. “You’re the worst upstairs neighbor we’ve ever had!”
*For more Halloween prompts, give us a follow! We’re doing a new Halloween prompt every day of October!*
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sapphonics · 6 months ago
thinking about making a discord group for lgbt writers to share their wips and get critique and etc. tried joining a few groups and it seems like the feedback isn’t from consistent people but just random different strangers each time, which makes it hard to get feedback on anything beyond chapter one. and also its too straight. if anyone would be interested in this maybe like this post or hmu? 
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Writing Tip #48
Try writing in groups. The sound of other people writing can help bring out the novelist in you. A bit of friendly competition can help you keep going when you’ve hit a rut and are ready to give up on your novel.  
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yanittawrites · 8 months ago
Hi, I just wanna say that you can send me messages and asks!
I’m new to the writeblr community, and I’d love to make friends. If you wanna rant about procrastinating, brag about your word count goals, ramble on about your wip, tag me in posts or tell me your plan to go rob a bank, I’m happy to listen to almost anything!
Just send me a message or ask to talk, be on my taglist or tag me in games!
I came on tumblr specifically to make writer friends, so it would be nice to chat! I’d love to be friends with any of you even if you write poetry, prose or in another language! ;)
*You can reblog this if you’re also socially awkward and you want to say the same to your followers ;)*
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elumish · 9 months ago
I joined a writing critique group last year, and so far it's been awesome, so I wanted to talk a bit about my experience of being in one.
The group that I started was new, brough together by groups of people all connected through one central person--some of us had done a writing program with her, some went to university with her, some went to law school with her, etc. The two main advantages of starting in a new writing group are that you aren't trying to join an existing friend group (often awkward) and you can figure out the rules that work for you.
We have about 10 people who are regularly involved, and so our main rule is that you can only submit up to 15 pages double spaced. Our submissions are due one Saturday and we give comments the next Saturday, and so on. If you are meeting less frequently or have fewer people, you can probably have longer submissions, but there's a limit to the amount that people can read if they have multiple submissions to get through, and the longer the submissions, the longer the critiques will go.
We don't require that people submit every time. You submit when you have something to submit and don't otherwise. If you have very few people, I can see the advantage of requiring regular submissions just to keep the numbers up, but it risks a fair amount of attrition by people who can't keep up with your schedule.
We're largely in the same genres--speculative fiction (fantasy, sci fi, and a little bit of horror)--which means that we're mostly familiar with the hallmarks and traditions of the genres. We do have a range of ages that we write for (MG to adult). We are largely the same ages as each other, which has the advantage of us all becoming friends but the disadvantage of us largely having the same level of publishing experience (that is to say, very little).
One of the biggest things about being part of a writing critique group is that you need to be willing and able to take critiques. Sometimes you'll have a submission where all the comments are positive, but those are few and far between.
In the same vein, you need to learn how to give a critique. There are useful ways to critique and there are unhelpful ways to critique, and some of those differences boil down to what level of critique the story needs. Don't give line edits on a first draft; don't give major plot critiques to someone looking for line edits unless they're really dire issues. And don't be mean, even if you hate it.
We used to meet in person to give comments, but for obvious reasons that isn't happening at the moment. In lieu of that, we meet over video chat. I recommend, if at all possible and accessible for thsoe involved, meet in person/over video. Conversation is helpful for critiques like these.
Lastly, work out some archiving scheme. We operate over Dropbox and have an archive for each person's submissions after we critique them. We also have set file naming conventions so people can keep track of the order of files, because many of us are writing novels.
Any questions about being in a writing group?
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elenajohansenauthor · 9 months ago
NaNo Campers! Do you need a writing group?
[It was so much easier to refer to them as “cabins”...ah, well.]
I have space available in mine, Writeblr & Friends!
There are no age or genre restrictions, we’re just writeblrs participating in Camp Nano this month who wanted to be supportive of each other.
If you’re interested, you can either reblog this with your NaNo username or DM me if you’d rather not broadcast it.
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halfbloodlycan · 9 months ago
I’ve got a little story for you
So there’s this book someone in my writing group self published that, when we gave him advice he basically cut a few scenes and called it the revised version. We read it again and it held all the same issues, and we mentioned that. And then he went and self published it on amazon with a couple of obviously fake reviews. 
The moral of this story is don’t publish your second draft. Take advice with a grain of salt, but actually maybe consider the advice and why the story doesn’t work for everyone in your group. 
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cerruleon · 10 months ago
Are there any writing Discord servers? Or writing groups? Asking for a friend. : )
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