Category Archives: Writers’ resources

News Round-Up

On the last weekend of June, we bring you a round-up of local writerly news:  a reminder about getting your PLR registrations up to date; a short story competition; a collection of flash fiction including pieces by two CWC members; and an invitation to a local author’s virtual book launch. Continue reading

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Ian Dreams of Midsummer

IanThis week we hear from a newcomer to Chudleigh Writers, Ian Riddle, who tells us about the writing and marketing of his debut novel, Midsummer Dreams.

“I’ve come to writing rather late in life, having taken up the pen just three and a half years ago as I was fast approaching sixty-nine. This possibly goes some way to explain why I’ve been writing frantically ever since, making up for lost time. I’ve never worked so hard as I’m doing at this writing thing. Continue reading

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Virtual Literary Festivals

Elizabeth Ducie

This week, CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, talks about the current spate of virtual literary festivals, and how her experience as a member of the audience shaped her behaviour when it was her turn to be a speaker.

“One of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that many, if not all, of this year’s Literary Festivals have been cancelled or postponed. But several of them have taken advantage of technologies such as Zoom, Teams or Crowdcast to set up online alternatives. Continue reading

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Elizabeth Ducie

This week, CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, reflects on her first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo, which she completed in April.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. In November each year, thousands of writers all over the world challenge themselves to write 50K words in 30 days. It’s an exercise in creativity; a time when quantity is very definitely more important than quality. Originally, as the name suggests, the only permissible project was to write the first draft of a novel; and officially that’s still the case. These days, many people take a much more flexible approach. After all, no-one’s checking on what you do, so making up your own rules seems quite logical. I’m a very definite NaNo rebel. Continue reading

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News Round-Up

NewsThis week we bring you a round-up of writerly news, some local and some less so. CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, talks about the upcoming Crediton Literary Festival in which she is taking part. There’s news of a Short Story Competition from Exeter Literary Festival. A neighbouring writers’ group launches a flash fiction anthology. And Winchester Writers’ Festival announces a Virtual Writers’ Weekend. Continue reading

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Trials and Tribulations: Finding a new route with Idea/Mind Maps

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Bea Hutchings

Anyone who has used Mind Maps successfully will understand the enthusiasm of this week’s author, Bea Hutchings, who has been experimenting with three different approaches and presents her conclusions below.

“At a recent Zoom meeting for CWC I mentioned I was going to start a new novel. I’ve had the idea in my mind for quite a long time now, and I did a sketchy intro for the first chapter in 2018, using Word. I’d already done a lot of research and also written copious notes and character references, but, as I found out, not nearly enough to begin to outline or structure the story, especially as I was changing the genre from crime to romantic comedy. So, I had to rethink how I was going to write this time-slip, romantic comedy almost from scratch, using the same characters and research. Continue reading

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News Round-Up

NewsFor many people, the current situation has led to long periods of inactivity and frustration at not being able to leave home or do the normal things of every day life. But writers are often used to spending long hours sitting alone, with no-one to talk to. This week, we bring you news of how some members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle have been spending their time during lockdown. Continue reading

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A Writer’s Website Wonderland

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Steve Male

This week, CWC member, Steve Male, talks about setting up his website.

“So, you’ve written that first draft of your masterpiece and then edited and edited and edited and… Now you have to consider how to publish your sparkling prose and most importantly how to market the book. Many authors feel faintly soiled by the very idea of marketing but at heart it’s basically just telling potential readers your latest and greatest opus is available for purchase. It’s got to be done or how on earth is anyone going to read the book you have just sweated blood over? And, after all, having people read your book is kinda the main purpose in writing the damn thing, isn’t it? Continue reading

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Using Zoom for a Virtual Meeting

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Suzanne McConaghy

This week, CWC Treasurer, Suzanne McConaghy ask the question: Can you hold a successful meeting on Zoom?

“When staying at home became the new socialising, it didn’t take Chudleigh Writers’ Circle long to decide we had to embrace the technology if the group was going to continue. Various conversations resulted in the decision to try out Zoom and committee members had a short session to see how well it might work, before a full group meeting on April 6th. Then, everyone was encouraged to download the app. Many thanks to Kate and Peter for getting us all organised. Continue reading

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How The Virus May Inspire Us…

JJ and owlThis week, CWC member, Jackie Juno, tells us how Covid-19 has forced her to do something she’s been meaning to do for years: offer her Creative Writing classes online.

“A mixture of laziness, technophobia, procrastination and managing OK without all that stuff thank-you, has delayed my zoom onto Zoom up to now. Continue reading

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