So I decided to scratch my itch and silently returned to my writing about 7 months ago. Those of you who drop in from time to time might remember that I started a novel a few years back and then stopped at around 30k words. Well, since returning to writing late last year I finished the novel at around 113k words and I’m now close to finishing my first round of edits.
It’s been an awesome experience and getting across the first full manuscript finish line felt amazing. I then put it aside for a few weeks and returned to do the first pass of simple edits, checking for plot holes, flow, etc. I’ve discovered a few gaps in my writing skills along the way that I’ll blog about in the future.
Some of the things I’ve been trying to do as I approach the finish line with my first novel was:
- Meet my fellow writers and find a community
- Work on refining my craft so I can iteratively improve this novel and future writing
- Learn from others what needs to be done to publish this thing successfully.
In the search to find a community, I came upon this great Slack writing community called the Writers’ Craft Room. It’s a fun group of people that help each other with feedback, critique partners, Twitter pitches, etc.
While finding my way around the Slack I stumbled upon this cool channel called #writerinmotion. The channel was about a new project the community was kicking off. It’s described as:
“Create a space where readers can see how a writer moves through the drafting, feedback and editing process to create a polished work.”
I was fortunate that they hadn’t yet started so after I begged (not really, I just asked) if they could use a newbie like me and just
So here I am, a Writer in Motion!
This will be a week-by-week process where the 12 of us will draft a short story, revise, rewrite, digest feedback, and blog about our process as we move from start to finish. The goal of the journey is to both document and share the process of writing and refining so people can appreciate and fully understand the creative process of storytelling.
If you’d like to follow any of us on our journey you can find my writer cohorts blogs here:
- K. J. Harrowick (http://blog.halon-chronicles.com/ & http://kjharrowick.wordpress.com/)
- Jen Karner (http://www.SyllablesandSass.com/)
- H.M. Braverman (http://hmbraverman.com/)
- J.M. Jinks (www.authorjmjinks.com/)
- Melissa Bergum (will be posting via KJ’s site)
- Thuy Nguyen (http://www.tmnstories.com/)
- Kristen Howe (https://kristenswritingendeavors.wordpress.com/)
- Kathryn Hewitt (https://spinningmyyarns.wordpress.com/)
- Sean Willson (me)
- Paulette Wiles (http://www.paulettewiles.com/)
- Talynn (http://inkinthebook.blogspot.com/)
- Ellen Mulholland (http://www.ellenmulholland.com/)
Look for my first posting the week of June 1st with subsequent postings at least once per week thereafter.