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Here is a quick snippet of the recent activities here on Writers Abroad.

  1. The minutes of our meeting yesterday can be found in the Meeting Room
  2. Alyson has supplied this weeks Monday Muse and is continuing the festive theme (with a little something for everyone - thanks Alyson!)
  3. Jo has provided this weeks Blog on Essentials for Writers and is looking forward to 2011.
  4. The January Writing Challenge will be on the theme of 'Moving On' - up to you to interpret how you like and what genre. And remember the December challenge is still open. 
  5. The second draft of the article for Writing News about our Anthology will be posted up in the Writing Projects forum. Please email Jo and Vanessa with comments by the end of the week.
  6. An additional page titled Markets has been created. Here I have provided a link to an excel spreadsheet of markets which you are welcome to add to.

All that is left is to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Celebration (whatever you may be doing) and hoping there are lots of events for us to draw inspiration from! 


Essentials For Writers
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"If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow."

  ~ Louis L'Amour

When I came across this quote the other day, it struck me as being nothing new, as writers we know we have to write, the clue is in our title, but sometimes the water barely trickles.

As we approach the end of 2010 and the beginning of a new year of writing, I’ve been thinking about past achievements and future hopes and desires. 2010 has been a year of new beginnings for Writers Abroad as we found a new home, got threatened with eviction and made the decision to stay put. Many of us have tried things we never may have done before and been surprised at what we got in return.  Personally, the achievements I have made in my writing this year (which are not just about publication, more about improvement and experimentation) have been vast.I think there are other ‘essentials’ for writers including: 

  • A desire to write, that has to come from within. No matter how many books and ‘how to ‘ courses, if the desire isn’t there the words won’t show themselves. I don’t believe anyone can be a writer but I do believe that if you want to write, you could become one.
  • A commitment to produce a polished piece of writing that will attract and satisfy the reader. One of the toughest parts of being a writer is the redrafting, the revisiting and the revision of words, sentences and paragraphs. Whatever the genre the first draft is never the end.
  • An approach that is both methodical yet risky at the same time. Writers need to plan and meet deadlines, that’s part life. However, at the same time writers need to push themselves, try different ways of doing the same thing and not be afraid to share their weaknesses.

Being a member of a writing community like Writers Abroad for me, helps to maintain these or at least keep them in check. By giving the opportunity and the support of a group of like-minded writers who want to turn on the tap (sorry I can’t bring myself to write faucet!) and keep it running - well at least a trickle.

Thanks for all your support this year and Best Wishes for your writing in 2011!

Category: Site News
Tags: writing writers abroad site news

I've received my copy of our Anthology in the post this weekend and I must say I'm very happy with it as a first go. Now onto what is going on where this week...

  1. First I would like to pay a warm welcome to our two newest Members who have already made their mark on the site. Hi to Angela and Dianne!
  2. Vanessa has been our Monday Muse this week with two very seasonal prompts, come on WA members let's get a Christmas feel going on here...
  3. Rob has provided this weeks Blog, on things that touch many of our lives, writing aside. Don't miss out on the Christmas Ecard though, it brings a smile to your face. Thanks Rob.
  4. The December Writing Challenge is still open and there has been quite a bit of activity. Thanks to all who are participating.
  5. As per my email of last week, watch out for the first draft of our article for Writers News which you will find in the Writing Projects Forum by close of play  Tuesday 14th. Comments welcome.
  6. We have our last formal meeting of the month on Sunday 19th December at 2pm CET on Windows Live Messenger. An agenda will be posted in the Meeting Room and any suggestions for our activities for 2011 are warmly welcomed.
  7. A final Brag must go to our romantic man of the moment, Rob - who came in the top four of Simon Whaleys competition - Well done!

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