The Writer's Book of Days is complete. It has been a year since we started the monthly challenge to improve our writing through the workshops and writer's room. October is the end of our fiscal year and the beginning of our next. At the business meeting on the 28th we will be electing new officers, paying our dues, and discussing next years goals, projects, and events. It is also the time for evaluation of the old and introduction of the new. The website and newsletter are on the agenda. Change is not always a bad thing.
So the website will remain in the September mode for now. I have faithfully followed the regimen, accepting and completing the monthly goals and writing exercises and it has greatly improved my writing. I submitted to a major publication and even though it was rejected, the editorial staff came back with "we enjoyed reading your story; we appreciated the rollicking, lyrical nature very much; became immediately invested;thanks to the high stakes of the narrative and the development of the characters, remained on the edge of our seats throughout; it's clear this was the work of a talented writer; we truly did enjoy this story and we see a lot of promise in it." Although a rejection, it was not a form letter that will be added to my wallpaper, and they even offered a critique on how I could fix the piece. In summary they gave me an "MMW" critique, telling me what was great and then telling me how I might fix what was not working.
I am evaluating our current website and would appreciate suggestions on making it better. I have been researching other writers groups and considering several options, but this is not just my site it is every MMW members site and should reflect the eclectic personality of our membership. What should we change, eliminate, expand, or include? What would help us become better writers? How can we generate more member participation in the site? What should our main emphasis be? We just published our anthology, how can we use the site to advertise? All these and other questions are flooding my mind and I am actively seeking answers and suggestions. You all have my email, let me know.
See you on the 28th.