Meeting times are at 7:00PM EST on Thursdays.
The projects being workshopped are as follows:
Historical Fiction taking place in ancient Mesopotamia about the creation of the first school
War-time fantasy with a magic system based on imbuing (“binding”) magic of many varieties (e.g. additional strength, speed, or even emotions) into materials for later use.
Low-magic, non-tradition (i.e. not faux European trappings) fantasy about a woman deciding on her place in the world.
Members are expected to show up timely for each scheduled meeting and have things to contribute to the discussion. Do not hop into voice chat just to respond with "Yep/nope" answers. This is a discussion, a dissection - please take that seriously.
Oh, that's right - this group does do their discussions via voice chat, not text. You will be expected to participate in this manner.
We just need one person so I will be taking the first person that meets the scheduling needs and demonstrates a fun and professional demeanor.
Send me a PM directly if interested. Thanks everyone :)
I would advise that everyone get introspective about this: what works easiest for you doesn't necessarily work best.
Let me explain.
I've never liked outlining. It probably originates from k12 classrooms where teachers told me I HAD to have an outline, then I said "fuck you I'm not doing one and I dare you to fail me." So my whole life, I would get an idea and then I would start drafting. I was a pantser, a gardener, a discovery writer in the most extreme sense.
But I never finished any stories this way. I would always get frustrated and walk away, but here's the thing: I assumed that was because of my work ethic. It never occurred to me that none of this was working from the start, I only ever assumed that I was failing cause I was not working at it hard enough.
Now, I'm trying outlining. I'm going full blown architect - trying the opposite extreme of the spectrum. I've only been at it for a few days but I'm already noticing things: Plot holes and obstacles that would have derailed me in drafting, but in an outline? That's fine. That's the whole point of an outline is to find holes like that and get them sorted.
Delayed gratification has never been a concept I've entertained with writing. I've always adopted the philosophy of "Write it now. If you don't, the idea won't be as fresh later" but the problem with that kind of impulsivity is you don't know if you are going down a dead end road or not.
By taking my time and showing some restraint, I am slowly constructing a much better story. My plot, setting, and characters aren't just cool ideas - they're starting to actually come together in a meaningful way.
TL;DR If you're not getting the results you want, try seeing how the other side lives. Discovery writer? Try outlining till the cows come home. Or if you're an outliner who never gets around to drafting, try jumping in and writing something purely discovery.