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A social space to chat with other community members, toast new launches and get together. 

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Hello, I thought I would introduce myself. I'm new to writing, part-time, doing lots of reading and video courses. Loving the process and am full of head-popping ideas. Just about to start my second draft, yes that's how new I am. The first draft has taken me over 6 months to write, then I looked at the video regarding plot, decided I had more than one plot, so have axed a tun of words (maybe that will be another storyline to follow up later). Back down to 62,000 words, and now realise that I have quite a lot of work to do. I've written myself a schedule. A summer schedule and a winter schedule, more time available in the winter schedule. regards Lesley ps just in case you wondered I've got three cocker spaniels.

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Just found out who the Manuscript Assessment editor for my first novel will be. Seems that the Jericho folk have cleverly found someone who could actually understand my aim to write a complex, genre-bending tale, without immediately thinking I'm bonkers. Nervous and excited in equal measures. 

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Hi everyone! Following on from Holly Seddon | Head of Community | Jericho Writers post yesterday, I would just like to introduce myself as the new community assistant! I graduated last year with a degree in English Literature. I will be working with Holly on developing the current community as well as taking on new projects such as reinvigorating the community book club, after gaining experience running my own book club during the pandemic. If you'd like to find out more about me, feel free to browse my profile and feel free to get in contact with any questions/suggestions that you may have over the next few months! :) 

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Hi everyone, 

This is a tale of two Emilys! As you know Emily Powter-Robinson | Courses & Mentoring Assistant | Jericho Writers has been helping out on the community but she's now needed fully in her main role as Courses and Mentoring Assistant. I'm sure you'll still see her here from time to time. 

So I'm delighted to welcome Emily D'Souza | Community Assistant | Jericho Writers to her new role as Community Assistant! Emily is a huge booklover with experience of running book clubs and she's also a keen editor. I'll let Emily introduce herself properly but I know you'll all make her very welcome! 

Holly 

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Who is spending the bank holiday writing?! And even better, who is spending it writing outside with a nice cold drink? 

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Hi everyone, quick reminder that the wonderful Graham Bartlett is doing a webchat tonight at 7pm UK time! https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-event-profile?id=23 

Graham is a fountain of knowledge on crime and police procedure, and has worked with loads of bestselling authors to ensure accuracy in their work. He's kindly giving us an hour of his time to answer all your crime-y questions and you can leave them in advance if you can't make the event. 

Hopefully see you later!

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Just followed Jacob Ross's Starting a New Short Story. Very inspirational.  

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Building Confidence in Your Writing

 Are you feeling more motivated and confident in your writing after hearing Jo talk? Have you tried and tested any of the methods she suggested? Any new methods that you’re willing to try? Similarly, if you’ve got a story to share about how you overcame self-doubt and went on to success, tell us how you got there!

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How to Use BeemGee Writing Software

After hearing Olaf’s talk on BeemGee Writing Software, do you feel encouraged to use it? Has it made you think differently about the way you approach writing and planning your novel (or future projects)? Have you used BeemGee or any similar writing software before? We’d love to hear your experiences!

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Plotting Your Novel

Thinking about Mandy’s discussion on plotting, do you think that every scene in your WIP helps to move the greater plot along? Are there any scenes which you think you might cut? Any that need editing so that they serve a more active role in engaging your readers? Share your thoughts with us below!


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Having a good Spring chuck-out I found amongst a box of family papers some old primary school reports from, ahem, decades upon decades ago. Creative writing Excellent. Spelling only fair.  No change there then.  When I looked at the next one, I had to chuckle.  

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Excellent stories were spoilt by careless mistakes and untidiness.  Absolutely no change again, but my reading was 'quiet' good. I should have rapped her knuckles with a ruler, as she rapped mine.

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This has not come to UK yet, but if it succeeds in America, it's likely to.  And an interesting aspect is that you might make money whilst writing your book as you can pull the series from this platform whenever you wish.