Meeting ReCap

Next Meeting:
Thursday, November 7 at 7-8pm EST.

What’s Next:
Read below for more information
The BL Fiction Contest

  • Sentences due October 25.
  • Voting Commences October 28.

NaNo Challenge

  • Set your word count goal.
  • On November 1 – start writing!

Reading Assignment

  • “Writers on Writing” by Elmore Leonard
  • I will email the essay to you.
  • Reading due by our next meeting.

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. The contest (hereafter referred to as the BLFC) was the brainchild (or Rosemary’s baby) of Professor Scott Rice, whose graduate school excavations unearthed the source of the line “It was a dark and stormy night.”
• Each entry must consist of a single sentence. One entry per person.
• Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words.
Deadline: October 25
The club will vote for the best worst sentence!

November NaNoWriMo Challenge
National Novel Writing Month

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

How does it work?
• You will learn about elements of novel fiction writing during our meetings and on the club blog.
• You will not start writing the novel until November 1, and must stop on November 30.
• You can set your own word-count goals.
• Quantity is better than quality!

How to be Successful
• Let go of your inner editor
• Know creativity and expression are more important
• Remember
– Don’t think more than 5 minutes
– Don’t erase more than 3 words at a time
– If you get stuck, take a deep breath

Step By Step Guide
• Set your word count goal. It could be 10,000 or 50,000 or anything you feel comfortable with!
• Check out resources on the NaNo website or on the blog.
• On November 1 – start writing!
• Write like crazy! When you’re not noveling, look for regular pep talks and news updates to keep you motivated.
• On December 1, celebrate your month of noveling. Congratulate yourself on a job well done!

Reading Assignment
In your email you will find the essay “Writers on Writing” by Elmore Leonard. We will discuss the essay at our next meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you soon!


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