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Writing Community -- How This Will Work
cap, captain miss america
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So, I spent yesterday talking to intrepia about how this writing encouragement group might work, and we came up with a structure that I think makes sense.

The group would be a moderated community where only I (and possibly other moderators) would be able to post. This would keep it from cluttering people's friendslists.

On Sunday or Monday, I would post a post where people would set a goal for the week. These goals could be phrased however you want, from "I want to write 5000 words this week" to "I want to complete a chapter this week" to "I want to write for six hours this week."

On Saturday or Sunday, there would be another post where people could say how far they had come in completing their goal for the week.

On the days in between, there would be posts where people could talk about how they were doing, ask for help, and otherwise discuss what they are writing. These posts will always have a concrit thread. Any member can post up to 4 comments worth of material per week to get concrit on. The focus of this community isn't crit, it's just encouragement, so really the idea behind getting feedback is to get help or get a question answered about something you're having a particularly sticky time with. Members will also be asked that they reply to at least three other requests for assistance in any week where they post asking for help. You'll be encouraged to give readers specific questions, such as "Does the narrator seem believable?" "Does the present tense work for this?" or "Is the transition in the third and fourth paragraphs happening smoothly?" This will help streamline everything toward specific help.

All media of writing would be welcome, of course. Poetry, articles, essays, fanfic, comics, whatever.

How does this sound to people? Do you have questions? What works? What doesn't work?

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I think it sounds like fun!

Especially if it's about more than the long-form stuff.

All I can say is, I want in!

Have you thought about using Chore Wars or something similar to track achievements?

No, I had never even heard of that! Thanks!

Oh, it's great! And you can form teams and give yourself rewards and stuff. Each person can come up with their own goals and decide how much each one is worth.

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Yeah, I was also thinking of you when I tried to come up with a system where people could give feedback even when they don't feel up to writing, so I am glad this will work for you!

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It sounds good to me! It's less of a commitment than something like critters.org but still allows you to sort of earn crit.

I like the idea of support to keep on track.

Sounds interesting! If you don't mind, I think I might watch y'all for a bit?

I love the amount of thought you've given the best way to do this! It sounds perfect-- low key enough but still with a layer of accountability, and a place where you can share work you want eyes on. I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing every day myself.

Sounds great. I'm in. Let me know how else I can help.

Sounds interesting. Not sure I'd join just because the only writing I am doing now is for LJ Idol or for university.

You would be absolutely welcome to post goals in terms of completing University work!

I would potentially be interested in this as well. Because I want to put more work out there on my blog and what-have-you, and I think having a more public commitment to that (you know, outside of my head and occasional emails to my writing buddy) would be good.

Oh, excellent!

Yeah, the idea is not to make this a time-intensive thing that takes away from anyone's personal projects...it's just to make us more accountable and get support to help us reach our goals. I find that when I'm public about what I'm "supposed to" be doing, I'm more likely to succeed at it.

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