Friday, 13 December 2013

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 16th December 2013

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss readings

Anything festive would be great!



A great meeting on the 2nd. 
Many thanks to all who came and the excellent and
varied mss - and encouraging comments.
And welcome to our new members.


This is the last meeting of 2013. 
We wish all our members 
and readers 
a very Happy Christmas and
a healthy, successful and
prosperous 2014!

(PS: the next meeting is on
6th January 2014)


HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!


                                        
   

 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853


or 




 

News

There are several 'peer review' websites -

they're like on-line writers' circles.
The blog by Susan Howe is an excellent summary
of what you may find by using them, and is
well worth a look:
howesue.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly




The 10 Rules of Writing
by Elmore Leonard on: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/writers-writing-easy-adverbs-exclamation-points-especially-hooptedoodle.html?page

are also well worth looking at. 
They're not the 'usual' comments about grammar and
point of view, and they can enhance your work.




The Guardian has a spot for interesting snippets at:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/familylife 

'We will pay £25 for every Snapshot, Playlist, We love to eat or Letter to we publish. Email family@theguardian.com or write to Family Life, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Please don't send original photographs but do include your address and phone number.'





See the website:


https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/
competitions

for their short story competition.
Adult short story up to 2,000 words on the
theme of 'the visit'.
Closing date is midnight, Saturday 15th February 2014.
Prizes: £500; a place on an Arvon residential writing course
of your choice; and publication on their website.




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What's the difference between publishers and terrorists?
You can negotiate with terrorists.

How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb?
Two.  One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one
to give a surprising twist at the end.

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."
A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."


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'The most beautiful things are those that
madness prompts and reason writes.'
Andre Gide


'The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.'
Philip Roth

'The difference between the almost right word
and the right word is ... the difference
between the lightning bug and the lightning.'
Mark Twain


Monday, 25 November 2013

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 2nd December 2013

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs




All writers welcome


Mss readings


A great meeting last time!  
Thanks to everyone
who came despite the dark, cold night!
And 'Hello' again to our 
new members.



 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853


or 








To get us in the festive spirit - 
if anyone has a seasonal story, poem 
or non-fiction piece, 
please bring it along to this meeting and the following meeting on 16th December.




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What's the scariest pantomime ?
Ghouldilocks and the three bears !






A good link below - 10 Tips to Help Write a 
Prize-Winning Short Story




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A screenwriter comes home to a burned-down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in a second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is--”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” the man says. “My agent called?”



How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb? 
Two, but it's actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one's shoulders so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. 
They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.



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'You know how it is in the kid's book world; 
it's just bunny eat bunny.'
Anonymous


'The reason 99% of all stories written are bought by editors is very simple.
Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the 
closet shelf at home.'
John Campbell



'Why do writers write?
Because it isn't there.'
Thomas Berger





Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 18th November 2013

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs




All writers welcome


Mss readings


Many thanks to those who came to the last meeting - 
a great evening full of intelligent, inspiring and professional comments.


 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853


or 






News



At www.writersandartists.co.uk, there's information about NaNoWriMo.

Good luck to our BWC members
who are taking part in the NaNoWriMo.



Those members who have done the 
'two-liner cliff hanger' - please bring it along
to this 18th November meeting.
We're really looking forward to hearing them!



The article about the BWC will appear on Thursday
in: the Canterbury Times, the Herne Bay Times,
the Faversham Times and the Whitstable Times.
And on Friday in: the Thanet Gazette.

Fame at last ... our 
Andy Warhol 15 minutes!!!







Convinced her book would be a best seller - 
about an amnesiac vegetarian vampire detective 
marooned on an island of hallucinating goldfish 
and eating his way through the suspects - 
she downloaded it to a disc and wore it as jewellery.




'If there's a book that you want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet,
then you must write it.'
Toni Morrison



'Writing is a socially acceptable
form of schizophrenia'
E L Doctorow 


'Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the 
glint of light on broken glass.'
Anton Chekhov


'This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you
put one word after another until it's done.
It's that easy, and that hard.'
Neil Gaiman






















Friday, 25 October 2013

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 4th November 2013

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs




All writers welcome


Business notices - websites, news etc  
and mss readings


 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853


or 



 
News
 
The National Novel Writing Month
begins in November
Website:  
 
 The aim is to get us to write 50K words in a month.  They can be non-fiction, fiction, short stories, articles or a mixture of any type of writing.
The website offers advice and support:
 
  •  Write a novel in a month!
  •  Track your progress.
  •  Get pep talks and support.
  •  Meet fellow writers online and in person
 
 
 Good luck to all those taking part!





Check out the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b019h5z6/How_to_Write/
 
Excellent half-hour programme about ideas for writing, techniques and poetry
with commentary from Michael Morpurgo -
author of 'War Horse',
Philip Pullman - 'His Dark Materials' trilogy,
and poets
including Caroline Bird and Kate Clanchy.




 
Open Mic poetry and spoken word night -
at The Lighthouse Bar, Margate
8 pm on Thursday, 31st October, and the last
Thursday of each month.
Free entry.
For bookings or more information, contact:
jamiesinbox@gmail.com
or on Facebook at Margate-Lyrical.






  

I just know I have a
novel in me ...
 
 
 
 
 
'It ain't whatcha write,
it's the way atcha write it.'
Jack Kerouac
 
 
 
'The freelance writer is a man who is paid
per piece or per word or perhaps.'
Robert Benchley
 
 
 
'We are all apprentices in a craft
where no one ever becomes a master.'
Ernest Hemingway
 
 
 
'For your born writer, nothing is so healing as
the realization that he has come upon the right word.'
Catherine Drinker Bowen