Members of Jericho Writers

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Are you a member of Jericho Writers? Then join this group and meet your fellow-members!

To kick things off - introduce yourselves. What do you write? Where are you based? What are you engaging with in the Membership so far? 

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Hi Writers, I would love to chat to you about your process. I'm currently editing my fist women's fiction novel. I started writing when I moved from London to Vietnam with my family four years ago. The Hoi An Writer's Group is where I found my love of writing - I joined to make new friends and then got inspired to write a book. Of course I had no idea what writing a book meant back then. Now I know that writing is rewriting and then doing that again, and again, many, many times. Hoping to get to the stage where I can actually query agents before the summer this year!

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Since the first lockdown Writing has been my magic and my happy place, I am so grateful. And, I've been productive and have now a new venture - Write Wild Retreats -  (as well as an 'almost' finished final edit) and it has been such a wild ride but I am so passionate about it and know it will become something amazing, it is a resource for writers who want a retreat to escape to even if they don't want to leave home. Out of something bad comes something good. Write Wild is about writers connecting to readers through nature - sounds weird until you realise that nature is all about feeling and so too is writing something on the page you want readers to experience. I've gone from feeling isolated to becoming part of something and it's brilliant and you are all welcome. You'll find me at www.writewildretreats.com

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Idly looking at editors profiles.  Daydreaming about having something finished to send them.  One advertised as 'Passionate developmental/copy/line editor with 15 years' publishing experience. Specializing in comedy memoirs and fiction novels.' 

Not for me.  Mine's a non-fiction novel...

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Practically every editor, writing guru, advice and support company for writers - appear to have written or masterminded 'New York Times Best Sellers.'  I'm beginning to think the bar must be pretty low to get on the list.  Just how many bestsellers can there be?  Can any of our American cousins enlighten me as to what degree of awe I should attach to NYT Bestseller! blurb?

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Warning - possible cliche ahead: At the start of my project, taking advice to jump into the action and wanting to introduce some key characters early, I had my protagonist meet a love interest in the first chapter.  I've had my first chapter critiqued in my writer's group, and on here, but only recently, did someone point out that bumping into someone is a dreadful old cliche.  I know that dropping your shopping is an oft used cliche to get characters to meet, but hoped that this incident would work.  Come clean - is it old hat?

(My protagonist, Jack is arriving at an address for the first time for a job interview)

'Curtains fluttered at open windows and typewriters clattered. The sound of telephone bells ringing, unanswered. This must be the place.

As I reached over a railing to a porcelain bellpush, the door opened, and all I saw, before she crashed into me, was a woman walking backwards, waving her hands, and shouting ‘Only five minutes for a fag.’

Her heel caught a flagstone. We collided, and thinking she was falling, I grabbed her.

‘Get off,’ she yelled, pushing my hands away, turning around as I backed off.

‘I’m sorry. I thought —’

‘Are you Jack?’

‘Yes.’

Her eyes were smiling, cobalt blue.

‘Hah! My fault. Wasn’t looking.’

A shrill voice from inside the building. ‘Maddy. Shut the bloody door.’

‘That’s our receptionist. Let’s go inside.’

I followed Maddy into a dark hallway. A trace of frangipani perfume mixed with Camel cigarette smoke, then a flash of her blond curls in the shadows as she leaned forward. A narrow hatch slid open and a pale beam of electric light framed her face in the gloom.' 

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Hi there, are there any other neuro-diverse people on here. I have ADHD and I’d love to hear your strategies to keep writing.

I use freedom to block out my time wasting websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc,) when I’m trying to write. You can start a session for, say, a couple of hours and you can’t visit sites like that, even if you try.

I have a sheepskin rug, a cow skin rug, and a foot massager under my desk so that I can get some stimulation into my bare feet.

Music is always on but it needs to be non-vocal otherwise it’s distracting.

There’s a ‘don’t do’ list on a cork board. Often I will be distracted by a job. In the past these sorts of thing have derailed me. Now I can put it on the ‘don’t do’ list and forget about it.

I also have a small ‘to do’ list. Only three things allowed on it. When something on the ‘don’t do’ list becomes one of the three most important things to do, I move it across. Only then do I spare some thought to that problem.

That’s about it for now. I’d love to learn about any of your tricks. 

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Hi, l am Claire based near Colchester, Essex UK. I have nearly finished my first book, Non-fiction Guide for Self-Care and currently planning my first novel, cross between Gothic Fiction and Psychological Thriller. I am thrilled to be here and am enjoying the membership. Any recommendations for groups, blogs/podcasts etc would be much appreciated!!! Xxxxx

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Hi. My name is Anthony. I write commercial fiction. I’m based in Canada. Sometimes I read my writing and consider it to be hideous. Sometimes I read my writing and figure it to be somewhat decent. Either way, my goal is to be published. And that remains my only objective. While it might be alluring to consider fame and fortune, I am not delusional. Should I be able to call myself a published author, I will consider that a success. It would also provide the opportunity to continue writing. But I rolled the dice on this thing. Failure is not an option. Anybody else in the same kind of boat?

How I've managed to download two files I'm not sure. The one for assessment is the second one. 1st 2 chapters.

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SYNOPSIS: Have just watched Harry's supportive and helpful session on how to construct a synopsis. So, I had a bash at my own. He points out that a synopsis is NOT the most important ingredient in an approach to an agent and at this stage, I'm not submitting anyway - but just like the pitch, a synopsis does help you to see your structure more clearly. At any rate, it's been a learning exercise for me, and if you care to give me any feedback you think is helpful (including 'this is a bad idea for a book,') then together we might even learn a little more about how to write the damned things.  

FILE NOW REMOVED AS EXTENSIVELY CHANGED

Harry

ps - the synopsis refers to the story being based in Islington.  That's because an agent in Islington is a little interested.

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How is Holly’s puppy? Just catching up with replays of members’ events and the latest one had an abrupt and worrying end. Hope everything turned out ok.

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Hi Everyone! I'm Sarah. I write paranormal romance and live in central Texas. Presently, I'm working my way through the Getting Published video course alongside doing a round of edits/revision on my WIP to prep for querying. This is my first foray into the Townhouse - glad to be here and meet all of you!