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

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Hi everyone, welcome back and Happy 2022! 

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NEW YEAR'S GOALS 

Hi everyone!

Christmas is almost upon us and unfortunately I'm not feeling too festive at the moment as I'm isolating with Covid ... 

Thinking ahead, I'd love to know what are your writing goals for 2022 and how are you planning on smashing them? 

Emily x

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Hi everyone!

I'm very excited to announce that I'm Jericho Writer's new Head of Community & Editorial Commissions. The wonderful Holly Seddon has decided to focus on her writing career and studies, so I'm now the lucky one who gets to look after the community (as well as continuing my work commissioning authors for our blogs).

As you can see on my bio I'm also a published author, as well as a lecturer on all things writing, creative, and marketing.

I just popped in to introduce myself properly and say hello, and let you know that some very exciting things are being planned for the Jericho community in the new year. If you don't see me on here every day, don't worry, lots of great stuff is happening behind the scenes. We've been listening, and we're about to bring you a brand new world of writer support, opportunities, and fun.

So watch this space!

In the meantime, Emily D'Souza | Community Assistant | Jericho Writers will continue working hard on the community (don't forget the book club tomorrow) and we'll update you on the new changes very soon.

Thanks
Natali x

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Hi. I've been trying to join the book club - but without success so far. Am I doing something wrong?


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Don't forget that our next JW Book Club is TOMORROW at 7pm! We'll be discussing the fascinating essay collection 'Blueberries' with Ellena Savage. 

All details you need are in the Book Club community group! https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-group-profile?id=68


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Why do you write? 

In 'Blueberries', our latest JW Book Club pick, Ellena writes an essay where she asks, 'why write'? Throughout, there is an undercurrent of existentialism and worry about insignificance and whether there's space for your voice - has it already been said and could it be said be someone better? 

Although this is not exactly a cheery thought, I am sure that it's something that resonates with many of you, particularly when thinking about imposter syndrome (something we talk about a lot on community). Ultimately, we all have our redeeming reasons that propel us to push past these thoughts of self-doubt and create. What are your reasons? Let me know in the comments! 

For an extended version of this chat, don't forget to join the Book Club chat for my discussion with Ellena - https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-group-profile?id=68 

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Harry, you have given me a lot to think about - and so much to do! It's not overwhelming, in fact I am, on one level at least, looking forward to it. Finally getting my craft sorted out. This all comes from studying the video presentations under "How to Write". i thought I did. The next weeks are going to be pretty full with getting to know my characters better, and then going through my MS to graft that in where needed, weeding through the clichés and improving the prose. And I haven't even finished the video course yet! But I know it will be worth it. I'm just not sure i want to thank you at this point...

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Hi all! 

Reminder that it's just over a week until we discuss 'Blueberries' by Ellena Savage on Tuesday the 7th December with JW Book Club!

Don't forget to take a peak at our EXCLUSIVE extract from the title essay which I posted here - https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-discussion?id=1453

Ellena also wrote a  very moving and emotive piece for The Guardian about the assault which 'Blueberries' is centred on, available to view here:  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/04/i-was-assaulted-at-18-eleven-years-on-could-i-find-out-what-happened-to-my-attackers

There's still time to get involved with our meeting with this incredible writer (and what's great about essays is that you don't have to have read all of them to join)! Don't miss out finding out all about her writing process and how you can use her advice to improve yours - join the group for the Zoom link and official discount with our indie bookseller Fox Lane Books - https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-group-profile?id=68 . 

Happy reading!

Emily x

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Hi all! 

We're getting further into NaNoWriMo, so, even if you're not giving it a go, I'd love to know what music you listen to when you write and why? Or are you a *dead silence* kind of person? 

I personally love to have music on all of the time, or if not I enjoy the background noise of chatter in a coffee shop, it really helps me to tune in!

Emily x

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Why do I sometimes slip, forget entirely what my objective is in a chapter and churn out pages of mindless drivel, resulting in days of rework to get it back on target? Why is blather so easy to write? Anyone else have similar problems?

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Hi everyone, I'm back after years - literally - of absence. I hope to be here a bit more often. Now that I am retired, perhaps I'll have less excuses! i felt that I had to get my first novel at least to an acceptable point (both in terms of content - plot, characters, descriptions etc - and close to completion)  before showing my face to others or I would be a bit of a fraud. Unfortunately, reching that stage has taken 3 complete rewrites and inumerable revisions and weeks, months and even a couple of years of block.


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*Romance Writers Group*

Hi all, we have just launched our new Romance Writers Community group, where you'll find a great blog written by my colleague Natali Juste Simmonds | Digital Content Manager | Jericho Writers on writing all-things-sex. 

Click the link to get involved! - https://community.jerichowriters.com/page/view-group-profile?id=75