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Weekly Chapter-by-Chapter Fantasy Writing Group

Discussion in 'Writing Groups' started by Philip Overby, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    I've recently been taking a workshop through a Facebook group that I think works out pretty well. It's going to be finished in January, so I was wondering if anyone would be interested in forming a similar type group starting in February. It wouldn't have to be on Facebook, but whatever place we'd like to set it up that is easy for groups to be set up. I've also been working with a partner doing a chapter-by-chapter trade that works out for us really well. It's much easier to focus on one chapter a time instead of having a whole novel to just look at whenever you feel like it.

    This group would function as a chapter-by-chapter critique group. Meaning you either start a new novel or use your WIP. We could discuss problems we're having with our chapters, brainstorm, and think about various writing techniques. We could share videos, articles, etc. that help us with specific issues we all may be having. By breaking down the group into a chapter per week discussion, it gives ample time to clean up a chapter and offer it to the group. I'd say on average, submitting a chapter from between 2,000-8,000 words is reasonable within a week.

    In joining, this is what would happen.

    1. Each week we'd post a chapter from a novel, either a WIP or a new novel chapter.

    2. Members post their chapter for the group to read.

    4. Each group member posts a quick critique about the chapters they read.

    5. We have a "end of the week" discussion, trying to brainstorm and help each other with any issues we may have had.

    5. Rinse and repeat.

    Note: If you're too busy to write your chapters and comment on the other writers, then it's probably not a good idea to join the group. It's not going to take up a huge amount of time (2,000-8,000 words a week is pretty easy), but it's best that you are committed to the group for a month. If you don't want to continue after a month, you can opt out and try something new.
    Nihilium 7th, Ireth and Dan Latham like this.
  2. Fluffypoodel

    Fluffypoodel Inkling

    This sounds like a really good idea!!
  3. Dan Latham

    Dan Latham Minstrel

    I like the idea as well. Time to bite the bullet and sign up for Facebook.

    Is there a minimum/maximum number of people you want in the group?
  4. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

    Oooh, look like fun. I should be able to join for at least a month before college starts to crunch down on me.
  5. gethinmorgan

    gethinmorgan Scribe

    That sounds positively awesome.
  6. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    So I take it that those of you have posted are interested? It's super easy to do it on Facebook, so I'll PM you all with my Facebook info and then please send me your own (once you get it set-up). I'm going to invite each of you to the group privately and once we start, it'll be locked until the month is over.

    One rule: if you don't comment on other people's chapters, you will not get feedback for you own chapter the following week. That seems like a fair rule. Gotta play the game! :)
  7. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    Putting it out there again. Anyone interested in joining up? We start in February!
  8. SpoonyBardon

    SpoonyBardon Dreamer

    I know this is coming at the tail-end of February, but I'm curious if your group is planning to continue through March? I would love to join in!
  9. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    We just wrapped up the first round and I'm not positive we're continuing on through March as of yet. It was sort of a "let's see what happens" kind of thing.
  10. Nihilium 7th

    Nihilium 7th Sage

    shoot why didn't I see this earlier!?
  11. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    Unfortunately, we did it one week and people were just too busy to make it work. I'm always open to trying it again sometime in the future.
  12. Chilari

    Chilari Staff Moderator

    I'm about the start writing my WIP that I've been planning for the last couple of months. I think this is a great way of incentivising myself to work, if there's a deadline for each chapter's first draft. I think I can reliably produce a chapter a week at the anticipated chapter lengths as set out in my chapter outline document. At the moment I think I've been putting off starting so would really benefit from a group to work within.
  13. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    Anyone can feel free to take my original idea and give it another go. I wish you luck!

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