Okay, I'm concerned this great idea is starting to drift, so I’m throwing out a rope for anyone interested in grasping it. The group should have:
Focus = could do worse than the Bath Flash Fiction* competition** (300 words. 3 x per year).
If you groaned when you read ‘flash fiction’ or ’competition’ see *explanations at the end.
Commitment = write first draft by group agreed date, get group feedback, edit it, and enter it.
Support = (preferably by ‘Zoom’) turn up for the ‘brainstorm’ session where we help each other come up with better than obvious ideas. Give feedback on first drafts and final edits.
If the overall group was too big, we could split into agreed ‘bubble’ sizes for support sessions.
LIMITS = If you find another writer is as interested in the concept of alien jelly wrestling or sharing holiday snaps as you are then you’ll respect the group’s time and take it outside.
So that’s my rope. Want to grasp it, strangle me with it, or weave more strands into it?
All the best – Heather.
*Why flash fiction? Mainly to set the time commitment low. Group members who have the time can always do more.
Further thoughts on flash: My preferred writing style is the opposite, but flash does have things to teach the new and remind the experienced. Like: The sentence beginnings and endings you can do without; replacing weak adjectives with a strong noun; telling a story (seriously, lots of writers stringing their pearls of descriptions together and calling it a story - flash forces us to cut descriptions to only where they enhance). And something I like to think of as ‘stop explaining’ (Also known as: letting the reader work it out for themselves), flash can be a fun experiment in seeing how far you can push this without causing heads to explode).
** Why competition?: A writing group needs deadlines or it risks becoming an exercise in procrastination. And because most publishers now keep an eye on the ‘better’ writing competitions, and the’ Bath Flash’ publishes all 50 longlisted.