Saturday, March 18, 2017

4 & 4k: A Gratitude Journal for 10 Minute Novelists

I'm Typing as Fast as I Can! 

Being part of a Facebook group is a lot like wandering through a set of billboards where people post things for others to read and comment on at their leisure. It is, despite the number of members, a somewhat relaxing process were you browse, peruse and otherwise stroll about the garden looking at the greenery and commenting from time to time on a particularly spectacular hydrangea. It's all very civilized.

If your looking for a little more 'action,' and a slightly more frenetic pace, you should join us in one of our 10 Minute Novelist chat sessions.

The comments and questions fly fast and furiously (apologizes to Vin) and you had better have your boots on.

Katharine hosts a topically focused Facebook Chat event every Monday. It lasts just one hour and it is reputed to be a VERY good time. Questions and answers are posted and responded to in real time. Pull out your scrolling mouse 'cause you're going to need it.

Tuesday evening is set aside for a virtual Dunkin' Donuts write in. If your have a Work In Progress, then cuddle up with a coffee and a keyboard and get some words out in the company of good friends and virtual snacks. (Note: Virtual caffeine may or may not keep you awake. We make no promises...)

If you're a bit of a night owl, then head over to Twitter on Thursday nights for a change of (very fast) pace (#10MinNovelists). It is a challenge to keep your responses to 140 characters. Best brush up on your #hashtagging if you want to stay on top of this convo.

Round out your week with a lazy Sunday afternoon Chat. We're usually working through a writing craft book, answering open questions and sharing our take and experiences as writers in training. I personally guarantee that you will learn something every single time.

And last but not least, the format of the group (no links or personal promotion except as designated) has created an interesting work around. The Private Message (PM) has become the communication method of choice for any direct contact with other members. This is how you make friends! Start a chat, make a friend. It's just that easy.

I think this is one of the group's most exciting features, this the way to have conversations, not just reactions. You should join us, we all need new friends!

So whether you wander, walk or race, there's a place for you here.

Before signing off, let's have another delightful Drabble with our tea, shall we? This little crumpet is brought to us by the Lady Sara Marschand...

When I first met Katherine, she was hosting a chat with KM Weiland. I’d only had the notion of writing, but I joined as member six-hundred-something because of everything I learned in one hour. Over the past couple years, I’ve made writer friends at chats and work buddies through 365. In here, this safe space, I feel like I can do this author thing.  A few shorts and flash have been published and, someday, my novel in progress. The connections here have changed my life’s direction, so I definitely have 10 minutes to thank the woman who made it possible. 

"Sara writes science fiction and fantasy when not wrangling kids." 

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