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Novel Writing Workshop

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Many of us have always dreamed of writing a novel. In fact, for many budding writers, a successful novel is the ultimate dream. However, most of us epically fail at the endeavor.
With the goal of helping you finish a novel, [RiverStar] created the Novel Writing Workshop. She is no longer active at WritersCo, but we still want the workshop to go on. Therefore, this revised version of the Novel Writing Workshop is now maintained by [Annie]. Direct your questions and comments to her.
A big part of writing is getting peer advice, so please do read what others have written, comment, and rate. This will not only benefit them, giving them ideas and feedback, but it will also benefit you as they will be more likely to respond with warm fuzzies, and, well, cold pricklies sometimes too.


Participants of the Old Novel Writing Workshop
New participants welcome at all times!
All participants please join the forum <joinforum:34:NWW> (Novel Writing Workshop)

- [Veltzeh] - 39.Novel Writing Workshop
- [Annie] - 415.Books in Progress.Novel Writing Workshop
- [Ash] - 102.Novel Writing Workshop


Create a writings page called "Novel Writing Workshop" specifically for all of the activities and work completed in the workshop. This will make it easier for fellow participants to interact with you and your writings.
Also please join the forum "Novel Writing Workshop" by clicking on the following: <joinforum:34:NWW> (Novel Writing Workshop). We will have various discussions, activities, and mutual sharing in this forum.
1. Be courteous on this page, the Novel Writing Workshop homepage.
2. When commenting on and rating fellow participants' writing, be kind and courteous. A good rule of thumb is equal parts compliment and criticism. Remember that this is constructive criticism The following format is generally acceptable for comments:
I really like your _____ (i.e. narrator)/your use of _____ (i.e. white space).
You might try to ____ (i.e. cut down on adverbs)/do more of ____ (i.e. that thing you did in paragraph three that just blew me away).
3. Place a rating next to your writings link under Participants if your novel contains blatant sexuality, violence, or other sensitive content.

The Workshop

You can expect updates from me at least every couple months.
NWW Prologue
NWW Step 1: Topic
NWW Step 2: Character

This is a badge participants can put in their houses.
Thanks to [pixie_shimmer] for making it. Hopefully soon to come will be a "winner" badge for those of you who complete the novel you worked on in this workshop. Feel free to volunteer your badge-making skills and tell [Annie] you'd like to make it.

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2011-01-27 [Ash]: I think Annie should run it, but if you don't want to I'll volunteer.

2011-01-28 [Annie]: I might do that...let me contemplate this. :)

2011-01-29 [Ash]: I think you'd be good at it. :)

2011-02-06 [Annie]: I think I will take this over! It will take me a little while to either stick with [RiverStar]'s original novel-writing method and figure it out or take my own route and revamp a bit. I'll keep everyone posted. :)

2011-02-06 [Veltzeh]: Yay!

2011-02-06 [Annie]: ^_^ Anyone particularly attached to your work with the previous method?

2011-02-07 [Veltzeh]: What do you mean? :o

2011-02-08 [Annie]: As in...if I choose a new method and the work you've done so far doesn't apply anymore, will you be very disappointed? I'm unfamiliar with [RiverStar]'s method and I'm not sure yet if I'll want to educate myself in hers or find a different one.

2011-02-09 [Veltzeh]: Well, the previous work doesn't just disappear, so no, I don't mind a new method. :)

2011-02-10 [Ash]: New is good every now and again. I think you should look over her stuff though, I find like you need to be in this word count to constricting because YA novels can be 100 or 500 pages with all different word sizes. I think you should base it more upon feeling the writing and if something is bland or not.

2011-02-13 [Annie]: I've started looking over [RiverStar]'s material and I have to say I almost definitely won't use it. The first thing she says is that you need to write "for the reader," but I know that the first rule of writing is to write for yourself. In a workshop aiming at merely finishing a novel, the worst advice I can imagine is telling budding writers to think of the reader and try to please the reader. So I must refute it this moment! Write for yourselves! Don't think about selling the novel.

2011-02-13 [Veltzeh]: I don't think it's wrong or bad to think about the reader either, though. I've been writing just for myself for ages and my writings are... not good because I don't know how to write for anyone but myself.

2011-02-16 [Ash]: When I started writing Fan-Fiction, people started messaging me telling me what they liked and what they were interested in, it really helped me there.

2011-02-16 [Veltzeh]: Hmm, I don't remember getting comments like that... but seeing what I have in my Elfwood library, maybe I should go over the comments with a finer comb and a more mature mind. :D

2011-02-17 [Ash]: I had to do that at some point, with a maturer mind. Some guy started harassing me in comments so I simply blocked him. It's was a lot easier then hosting a flame war.

2011-02-17 [Annie]: I think there's definitely value in constructive criticism and peer review, which is slightly different than writing for the reader. My point was only that, in the case of someone who has trouble finishing a novel or fears/mental blocks with it, it may not be the best advice to tell them they need to think of the reader first. Sometimes in that case it's best to just encourage them to write, give them various helpful tools, and forget about how it looks on the outside until later.

2011-02-17 [Veltzeh]: All right, that makes sense. :)

2011-02-18 [Annie]: ^_^ Whee for getting along

2011-03-04 [Annie]: Just so everyone knows, I updated but it's kind of buried in all the writing -- we have a forum for discussions and activities:  <joinforum:34:NWW> (Novel Writing Workshop)

2011-03-04 [Ash]: Oo... I will join.. :)

2011-07-04 [Annie]: Step 2 finally up :)

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