Hello fellow writers! I will be attending the Writer's League of Texas Agents Conference this weekend, and I'm so excited! It's the first chance I've had to actually come face-to-face with real Publishing Industry Members. But before the fun commences this weekend, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell everyone about a wonderful group I found in the Writer's Digest Community. The group is called the Weekly Chapter Challenge, and it was founded by my good friend, EJ! (Shout out to EJ!!)
I was looking for a place to find trusted, insightful writers like myself (haha!) who I could swap chapters with and receive critiques. I also wanted to find someone who could motivate me to keep writing, even when the characters go silent inside my head. Thanks to this group, I found two!
My weekly chapter challenge buddy is Julie Orrock Slack! And, she is AWESOME!! She writes historical fiction mainly, and her novel SHARDS OF GLASS, is fantastic. We were swapping chapters with another novel she was working on, but she decided to turn all her ideas into a series of books revolving around several of her characters in SHARDS. An idea I fully supported! So, she has been outlining and creating character descriptions for her new series while critiquing and motivating me on my novel, SOLSTICE! THANK YOU JULIE! (Side plug: If you are a series writer like Julie and me, join Julie's group, Series Writing!)
A few weeks after joining the WCC group, I started swapping chapters with another writer I met on Writer's Digest. Her novel, MANIFESTED, caught my eye on the group, Critique Corner. In fact, Margo and I started conversing after my Fourth Grade Class critiqued her first chapter online. Margo and I hit it off instantly since we are both YA writers. We are coming to the end of our Chapter Swaps, and planning to continue on with another round of manuscripts!
So, long story, short: If you want to find writers that will motivate you to hammer out chapter after chapter: Join the WEEKLY CHAPTER CHALLENGE GROUP on Writer's Digest. And tell 'em, Melissa sent you!
Here's the link: http://community.writersdigest.com/group/weeklychapterchallenge