DArk to DArker Shivering or Not

https://youtu.be/ayvFyy86hPc
My writing group, The Writers at Lovedean, are excited to be part of this year’s line-up of DArk to DArker Shivering or Not. Together with my daughter’s audiovisual team, A14 Productions we have created a sound box where the audience can feel what it would be like to a medium.

The talented group of writers include; Lynne Stone, Barbara McMeekin, Jackie Green, Linda Rushby, Jules Garvey Welch, David Dunford, Keith Baker, Kate Rawding, Louise Crockford, Christine Lawrence, John Palmer and myself.
This is a free event, and I hope you can come along.

Saturday 26th November, 7 pm -1 am
DArk or DArker Shivering or Not!
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA

A night of audio-visual performance, installations, live artists and theatre makers, all exploring the DarkFest themes. Hosted by 1000 Plateaus.
one000plateaus.com/darkordarker/
FREE (donations welcome)

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How positive people aid success!

It’s been an exciting week on the writing front, requests for full MS, one of my short stories appearing in The News, and lots of support for The Writers at Lovedean writing competition. However, as delighted as I am with the input of good news, I am aware that I couldn’t have done it alone.

Since Tessa Ditner took over running Portsmouth Writing Hub, there has been a flurry of opportunities for creatives. If you suggest something to Tessa, she does her best to make your idea a reality; I believe a member made a comment about collaborating with The News, and now hub member’s stories are in print. All writers understand the thrill of seeing your words in front of an audience, but there is always behind the scenes hard graft to any printed piece of work. Portsmouth Writing Hub is a fantastic resource for artists, but you get what you put into the group. Although there is support for book launches and writers angst, it is mainly a home for positivity, a spot where creatives can discuss plans for creating art and liaising with others to make something new and awesome. You only have to look at the projects that are supported by the hub to see that, Darkfest, Day of the Dead, Dark Cities, and the Edward King Cityscape Project. These aren’t the activities of naval gazing writers lamenting how hard it is to get published; it is an energetic and vibrant mix of creatives wanting to push the boundaries of their work. My advice, don’t sit on the sidelines jump in and see where the opportunities take you!

I was delighted that Solent TV invited two members of The Writers at Lovedean into their studio to discuss our first charity short story competition. Long-time member Lynne Stone and relatively new member Jackie Green bravely stepped in front of the cameras. These two ladies are examples of what real creatives can do; they are delightful members of the group with such an inspiring ‘what can we do to help’ attitude. I know they were both terrified at the prospect of appearing live on TV, but they did a fantastic job.

You can read my story in the news here:
Short Story Punkat By Charlotte Comley in the Portsmouth News

Check out Portsmouth Writing Hub:
Portsmouth Writing Hub Facebook Page

The Short Story Competition:
The Writers @ Lovedean Short Story Competition

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NaNoWriMo: You have permission to feel like a winner!

NaNoWriMo

The goal is to hit 50,000 words in one month, which means at least 1,666 words per day for thirty days. Be warned, 50,000 words doesn’t necessary mean that you have a full novel, even short YA novels tend to be 60,000 plus. But you should have the start of something which could become a draft of a novel.

This is the first year that I didn’t finish the word count in the 30 day limit, I pressed on and reached just over the 50,000 word target and completed the first draft of my novel on the 4th of December. The wonderful thing about NaNo is that it gives you the push, a target, and support of a group. But what if writing 50,000 feels like an unachievable goal? Well, I could point out that NaNoWriMo is about the quality of words, not the quality of words.  Or I can make another suggestion. Give yourself an achievable target. It doesn’t have to be 50K if that feels too much, in fact, why should it be about putting the words on the page? Why not read that book on writing? Or edit those stories? Or finish that anthology.

 

At the Writers at Lovedean, we set our own NaNoWriMo targets, after all November is a good target setting month. It’s the last opportunity before the New Years resolutions come round again to meet those goals that you’ve put on the back burner during the year.

Celebrating NaNoWriMo

Celebrating NaNoWriMo

I was really proud of the members of the writing group, everyone who signed up to our own NaNoWriMo project managed to get move forward on their goals.

So here is the honour roll!

Margaret Jennings: 50,000 words in the 30 days!

Me: 50800 words in 34 days.

Lynne Stone: completed five short stories.

Barbara McMeekin: 10,000 words in 30 days.

Linda Hadfield: editing goal completed.

Jackie Green: editing goal completed.

Jules Garvey-Welch: completed and self-published her anthology, Beyond the Bell Tower.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jules-garvey-welch/beyond-the-bell-tower/paperback/product-22468844.html

 

JGW anthology

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