I mentioned in last Saturday’s shout-out that I’d created four new online critique writing groups (which welcome short stories, novel / script extracts up to 5,000 words and poems up to 50 lines for critique – see the Submissions page on each site) and accompanying Facebook groups and they’re ticking over nicely, with submissions on each blog, and authors chatting away to each other. I also post a set of four 15-minute exercises; poetry for the Poetry blog (http://poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/388850977875934) and prose for the other three groups…
- Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group (http://novelwritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/508696639153189)
- Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group (http://scriptwritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/319941328108017)
- Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group (http://shortstorywritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/544072635605445)
I said in the title of this shout-out that it’s been another week of changes, and two of the features on this blog have ceased:
- Red Pen Critique – I know it’s a popular feature because I go into such detail and normally I wouldn’t axe something like this but now the critique writing groups are up and running, they’ve taken over where the RPC has left off.
- Short Story Saturdays – this is where I reviewed or posted a guest story between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Again this has become superfluous now that the Short Story Writing Group is live, and the bonus is that I have upped the word limit to 5,000 words. 🙂
I’ve also increased the author spotlights from two nights a week (Wednesdays / Saturdays) to five nights (every week night!). This has immediately brought the lead time down considerably. Having the daily interviews booked up to the end of July is very frustrating for everyone. It’s great that it’s become such a popular slot but they are incredibly time-consuming for me, and have meant I’ve had little time for my own writing over the past year, defeating the object of quitting my job (in March) to be a full-time writer. So, the time has come for me to readjust the balance. It may not seem like it with me starting up four new groups but I’m hoping to step into the background, just posting the items and letting everyone else (although I’ll still red pen the submissions but put the scans in – and yes, I use a red pen 🙂 – rather than type up my notes which took hours (because I’m so meticulous).
Anyway, this change in the spotlights has meant I now have Saturday nights free (after these shout-outs go up) so the two-week old slot Novel Nights In will not only run on Sunday evenings but also Saturday evenings; two novels in up to ten sections (so no submissions over 100,000 words) a week! Rose Mary Boehm’s novel ‘Coming Up for Air’ has been very well received so I shall be kicking off the Saturday night NNIs with my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback. TSDSL is a 100,000-word novel so will run for the full ten weeks (ending Saturday 23rd March). I am welcoming submissions for novels to run after that, and after Rose’s novel which finishes on Sunday 10th March. See https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/novel-nights-in for details.
OK, that’s about it for this week. The first two chapters of my novel will appear in about an hour – don’t be backwards at coming forwards with your comments. 🙂
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As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words (and post stories of up to 3,000 words), or posted for others to critique (up to 5,000 words) on the new Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry and Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group.