2016—a pivotal year for some very savvy Vienna writers

images-1This year will be unlike any other for those savvy writers who participated in Write Now’s exciting January meeting: 2016—Your Year of Amazing Writing Achievements. Facilitated by Kirsten Donaghey and myself, the meeting stepped writers through the process of creating meaningful writing goals and a realistic plan for achieving them.

Among various discussions, writers were encouraged to explore where their writer’s journey might lead them—whether they sought a lofty career as a literary novelist, or they were happier to traverse the more earthly path of the writer who simply loves to explore. Either way, a journey is best enjoyed one step at a time—mindful of the daily writing activities that gradually lead the writer to their destination. Along the way there are milestones—those sacred markers that affirm the writer’s compass is true. We explored those too. What milestones could be reached by the end of 2016? These would become each writer’s goal.

But what worthy adventure is not fraught with danger? Every writer is at least peripherally aware of the obstacles, like loose rocks on a steep mountain pass: they might cause a mighty tumble. The summit is no place for the unprepared or the foolhardy. So we discussed the obstacles (see the list below), and we listed ways of avoiding or overcoming these. Each writer weighed up the risks—were they prepared to set forth all the same?

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I think everyone on the evening realised it takes a great deal of courage and perseverance to become a successful writer. And when each writer read out their plan for 2016, Kirsten and I saw the determination: they were bravely setting out on an amazing journey. To keep them in good company, we encouraged each writer to choose a buddy—another writer who would check on their progress along the way. Both writers are aiming for their respective summits. We wish them every success.

Do you have a writer’s plan for 2016? Here is the writing plan each writer developed on our planning evening:

  1. My writing goal for 2016 is…
  1. I will achieve my goal by writing…hours / week .
  1. I will write at the following times:
  1. I will monitor my writing progress by…

5,   The biggest threats to me achieving my goal are…

  1. I will avoid / overcome these by…

You should print out your plan and display it where you can see it every day. Adhered to, your plan will lead you on to amazing writing achievements.

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An Evening of Critiquing

An Evening of Critiquing!

Join our May 21st Creative Meeting

19:00 at Café Kotor, Schubertring 4, 1010

Come out and practice the art of critiquing the written word! Get feedback and give feedback. We promise you will leave the meeting with refreshing insight on your work.

Don’t be shy about sharing your work. The room will be full of other writers just like you. We promote a creative environment and constructive criticism.

Participants will be divided into groups of 4 (each led by a Write Now committee member) and will critique each other’s work.

Pre-submit to (office.writenow@gmail.com) up to a 1000 words of prose by May 14th , or bring 4 copies with you on May 21st. Pre-submitting allows your group to read your work before the meeting and perhaps offer more insightful comments.

This evening is FREE for MEMBERS and €7 at the door for NON MEMBERS.

We ask that you do inform us if you will attend as the meeting will be capped at 20 Participants. Critiquing Guidelines will be sent out to participants (and anyone else who requests them!).