Introducing the Witty Nib Writing Club

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When I was involved with a writing club, I learned a ton of excellent strategies, styles, and other writing niceties.

Since then, I’ve found blogging, Twitter, and other social media to be great for meeting other writers and readers interested in the craft, but there’s something missing in the sphere: a low-risk, accessible outlet for creative growth.

That’s the niche Witty Nib Writing Club hopes to fit into.

Interactivity Centered

In the Witty Nib, one of the cornerstones of the club is comments.  In fact, the submission sheet requires you to give the URL of a post where you commented.

One of the great things about WordPress and Twitter is the encouragement you get from other writers.  99% of the time, that’s exactly what you want.

Sometimes, though, it can be useful to receive constructive input. When you comment on a Witty Nib post, remember to say something constructive.  Use techniques like compliment sandwiches, asking thoughtful questions, and using quotes or evidence from the original text to comment on.

Witty Nib Themes

Each month, Witty Nib participants can partake in a writing theme. These themes can be genres – like fantasy, drama, or historical fiction – or they can be techniques, like alliteration or onomotopoeia. I’ll post here some hints, tips, and thoughts to get you started, but it’s up to you to take that and make it into something awesome.

I’ll post a new theme on the first Wednesday of each month and do a roundup at the last Wednesday of the month.  Responses need to be given by the Saturday before the last Wednesday of the month in order to be included in the roundup.

Your Responses

There’s three parts to getting the most out of the club.  You can do parts and not all of the response, but I’ll only include complete responses in the roundup.

  1. Write a story, poem, or essay that fits the theme and can be critiqued by other people. Your story or poem responses should fit the theme and be less than 500 words long.
  2. In your post, point out 1 or more elements your response contained that could help improve others’ writing.  If you got the idea from someone else, mention that!
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s post. Be constructive if you can, supportive if you can’t!

This means linking to your post in the comments below.  I’ll approve pingbacks, but you might want to comment if you don’t see it show up soon. I’ll read your stuff if no one else does!

To go into the roundup, I’ll need you to fill out the form.  The reason I want this is because I think it’d be crazy for me to go through all the comments to make sure you commented – I could be searching for eons!

Witty Nib Month #1 – Memoir

Memoir is a great way to start so we can meet each other and practice writing flash fiction.  Write something fun, fresh, or frightening for others to enjoy.  Remember to put one hint or tip at the end of your post, leave a link to your post in the comments below, and comment on another person’s post!

Because this is the first month and I’ve expounded upon the rules in insane detail here, I’ll be making a follow up post with hints and tips for writing memoirs.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

The Form

Leave a link in the comments for other people to participate with.  This form is for the end-of-the-month roundup.  If you want to be included in the roundup, you’ll need to use this form.  If the form doesn’t seem to work, I’ll see what I can do for the next post.


9 thoughts on “Introducing the Witty Nib Writing Club

  1. crispina kemp says:

    A great venture. I wish you well with it. Though, with a publishing deadline beginning to loom, I’m sure you’ll understand if I don’t join in… at least for a while 🙂

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha, that’s fine. I’m expecting to just use it as an excuse to make a few posts on my own, and perhaps people will join in a month or two. Must not be discouraged, right? 🙂

      • crispina kemp says:

        Don’t give up if it’s slow to begin with. Reminds me of something a friend said… some years ago, when I’d moved out from a relationship and I was sorta complaining about lack of, well, anything. Yea, she said, but they’ve got to find you first.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Agreed. I think it’ll help that I’m already somewhat established, but I realize this prompt takes a bit more work than others, and people will have to be a little bit dedicated if they even want to do it once. So we’ll keep it going a few months and see if it starts working out.

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