Here is a list of the Shop Talk discussions we've had over the past few years.
Sep 2018 – Publishing Oct 2018 – Defeating Writer’s Block Nov 2018 – Why Do I Write? Dec 2018 – How to Influence Publishers and Win Writing Friends!
Jan 2019 – What will 2019 Bring Us? Feb 2019 – Yucky Blurbs: Convince Me to Read Your Masterpiece in 100 Words or Less Mar 2019 – Character Description Writing Prompts Apr 2019 – Self-Publishing: Distribution & Marketing May 2019 – Elements of Story Jun 2019 – Setting & Atmosphere Jul 2019 – What’s Your Shiver Aug 2019 – Flashback & Backstory Sep 2019 – Writing & Researching Historical Fiction Oct 2019 – Show, Don’t Tell! Nov 2019 – Setting Dec 2019 – Let’s Talk Dialogue
Jan 2020 – Plotting and/or Pantsing Feb 2020 – Voice Mar 2020 – ? data missing ? Apr 2020 – Building Story May 2020 – Memoir Jun 2020 – Bringing Comedy to Your Writing Jul 2020 – Writing Mystery Aug 2020 – How to Hook ‘Em or Snagging Interest Early Sep 2020 – Heroes & Villains Oct 2020 – The Writer’s Online Presence Nov 2020 – Active vs Passive Voice Dec 2020 – Using All 5 Senses
Jan 2021 – Setting & Maintaining Writing Goals Feb 2021 – Intro to Scrivener Mar 2021 – How to Show (Not Tell!) Emotion Apr 2021 – Offensive or Offended: Who Decides What is Okay to Write? May 2021 - Basic Plot Structures
Here's a list of possible topics (including past topics) that can be used to nominate discussion topics for future meetings. Feel free to comment with additional topics and I will add them to the list.
Current Events/Hot Topics Who Decides What’s Okay to Write? Gender/Sexuality Representation Race/Cultural Representation Motivation Influences Living a Creative Life Plotting vs Pantsing
Publishing Topics Traditional vs Self Large Press vs Small Press Getting an Agent Contract Language Serialized Storytelling Opportunities for Short Stories Do We NEED Amazon? Reviews Marketing Strategies Paper vs Ebook Avoiding Publishing Scams Query Letters (long fiction) Submission Letters (short fiction) Blurbs/Elevator Pitches What is a Synopsis 1st Page Tips
Process Topics Setting/Maintaining Goals What to Know BEFORE You Start Planning Basic Plot Structures Outlining Snowflake Method Editing Revising Research Strategies Sensitivity Readers Writer’s Block Pacing/Story Beats Plot Holes Beta Readers Editors: Developmental, Copy, Content
Skill Discussion & Practice Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling Basics Passive vs Active Character Description Character Development Show, Don’t Tell Setting & Atmosphere Dialogue Heroes & Villains M.I.C.E Quotient World Building POV Managing Multiple Storylines Backstory/Flashbacks Elements of Story Voice The Hook Using all 5 Senses Developing Emotion
Tools & Technology Writing Prompts Scrivener Social Media Presence Blogging Conferences Duotrope/Submission Managers Online Editing Tools
Genre Specific Discussions Romance Mystery Horror Memoir Historical Fiction Fantasy Sci-Fi Non-Fiction Comedy Short Fiction Poetry
Bill: i have attached today's Word Yoga exercises (prompts) to the Word Yoga tab, if anyone wants to play :-)
Jul 19, 2020 1:12:23 GMT
barefootbuell: Help it keep saying I have the wrong password for WIp
Aug 10, 2020 22:59:28 GMT
Admin: barefootbuell Are you using the new password? I posted it in the WIP thread and sent it in the email.
Aug 10, 2020 23:44:59 GMT
BlackBird: Could you send it, please? I don't have it yet
Aug 15, 2020 15:56:28 GMT
tamarbenur: I don't have a link to the meeting
Aug 17, 2020 22:59:06 GMT
Admin: My apologies to the Mon WIP group. I did not send out the link/password email when I was supposed to. I put the info at the end of the WIP thread and sent it via MeetUp now. I'm so sorry!!
Aug 17, 2020 23:15:18 GMT
amair1st: The previous comment is a link to my new book, Tales of a Paperboy
Aug 22, 2020 17:49:24 GMT
Admin: HOOORAY, ANDREW!!!! Congratulations!
Aug 22, 2020 18:05:10 GMT
barefootbuell: We are missing a post for 9/28
Sept 24, 2020 5:11:37 GMT
kathi: Say, Byron, where did we land on letting you know we'd be willing to be beta readers for you? I'm significantly committed, but as you said you weren't concerned about the speed of the replies, I thought I'd volunteer.
Sept 25, 2020 22:02:52 GMT
spacemeara: Hi, I have a completed MS. I desperately need someone to be a beta reader and read the whole thing through. Please contact me!
Oct 9, 2020 9:22:37 GMT
amair1st: To any one of you who have given me critique on my book Tales of a Paperboy, as a sign of appreciation I would like to give you a copy. Please direct message me here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct 13, 2020 1:05:07 GMT
Admin: November meetings have been updated and announced at MeetUp! Please RSVP to meetings you intend to attend. It makes things easier on those of us who are managing things behind the scenes.
Oct 26, 2020 17:12:47 GMT
Admin: The first hour of Thursday Check In & Chat meetings during November will be dedicated to NANOWRIMO discussion. If you're participating in NANOWRIMO and want to chat about word count, need help getting unstuck, or just want to know you're not alone, JOIN US
Oct 26, 2020 17:14:14 GMT
Admin: We have a new dedicated-to-our-group Zoom link. Make sure you click the link on MeetUp or in the email you get right before the meeting to be sure you have updated info!
Oct 26, 2020 17:15:15 GMT
Admin: PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS A NEW ZOOM LINK AS OF MON 3/15/21! It is visible on the MeetUp page for those who RSVP and it will be emailed (along with the necessary password) to all who RSVP 30 min before the start of the meeting.
Mar 13, 2021 21:10:20 GMT
Admin: I have posted the new Zoom info in the Mon, Mar 15 WIP thread as well for those WIP participants who don't RSVP on MeetUp regularly. (Please do! It is a great way to get all the latest information about our group in a timely manner!
Mar 13, 2021 21:11:46 GMT
Admin: Please complete the survey posted in the Meeting Info forum! I am seeking feedback on all aspects of the group and I want to hear from YOU! Thanks, Solee
Mar 30, 2021 2:44:38 GMT
Bill: Maybe it's me, but I find this forum hard to use. I posted something about in-person meetings recently and now I can't find it.
Apr 13, 2021 22:21:12 GMT