A Blog With a New Name!

So I renamed the blog ‘Writerly Debz’. Do you like it? WordzNerd is still in its link name but I thought I would change the heading title to something easier to say!

I rather like the word ‘writerly’ and I think it sums me up pretty well. It feels less wordy than ‘WordzNerd’, right? And I also had a play to try to make it the banner and appearance more appealing. I think it was time for a facelift! 🙂

I do intend to blog more and start the daily postings. It is a time thing more than anything,  so my good intentions at the start of the year did not quite work out… it has been hard finding the balance with writing time, gym time, editing time, family time but I enjoy posting and interacting with you all. So I do want to start up again. Please let me know if there is anything in particular you might like me to cover. So anything to do with editing, critiquing, publishing?  I started this blog about eight years ago and for a long time I did blog every day. I feel as if I have probably covered most things now so I took a much-needed break. But I am now open to suggestions.

I would like to host more writers on here again as well, so if you have a book coming out this year and would like to be a guest blogger then send me a message or an email and tell me about it. Or anything writerly, a project for example that you think would be a good fit and fun to post about…  I am open!

As for my writing, I am busy putting the finishing touches on my short story collection and next week will be with the photographer sorting the cover, so watch this space 🙂 We are aiming for a July release and there will be a local launch event. I can also do some workshops on short story writing and come to schools, etc. I will have to charge of course but I will post more about this as well.

I had hoped to do more with my mentoring programme. I mentor a lot for clients through Cornerstones and the writers find it has been a real help. One found an agent off the back of the improved novel so it can happen. Please drop me a line if you fancy it. I rather like the idea of getting together a small group and we go through the programme at the same time? It will be one to one but we could share some work and have a FB page. So either short story writers or novel writers…? Get in touch for more information. Could be a summer holiday 6-week thing?

So I will be back very soon!

Hope you like the changes!

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Feeling Buzzed

A short post this morning, I do not Blog every day for fear of repeating myself but the good news this morning as I am about ready to submit my Japanese POW story! This is the most personal story I have ever written and I was thrilled with the way the folks reacted to it. They absolutely loved it and it made them cry. Oops! I generally advise against sharing with family, especially when starting out, as a more neutral and more ‘writerly’ opinion is usually best. However, since this one is so personal I felt I had to. They were also able to comment where something was inaccurate! And hunt for the elusive typos!

I love that feeling when something you have been working on is finally coming together. I get a buzz in my fingertips and a sense that I am absolutely on the right path with my life!

With a lot of work on my whiteboards and a busy day with walks and gym, I don’t always set aside as much time to write as I would like. So I have been trying to do some in the morning as usual but the new goal is to work Monday to Thursday with Friday as my writing day. I also work Sunday so I think that makes perfect sense to me. It is not always possible but I am going to work longer hours the other days if I need to. I also had a weekend in Brighton last weekend at the beautiful Air BnB we love in Withdean Park. So while the man was on a yoga course during the day, I got to do what I have not had the chance to do for a while… and that is just to write! I got the first full draft of the story finished that way and after a week of tweaking and refining, I think it is there. After the gym, one more read and I will send it out into the world.

The new mission now is to work on the short story collection that comes out in July! Then back to the Chutney novel and my mission to find a new agent. This is the year!

How about you?

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Writing Prompts

We had a great meeting last night at Canvey Writers.

I set out with three different types of writing prompt: one envelope called Plotting, one called Sculpting and one called Subtext. The idea was no one knew which was the more fiction one, which was more memoir and which was screenplay and they then all had twenty minutes to work. The ones who chose the Subtext one, of which I needed four, had to go elsewhere to work as a team.

It was really interesting to see how people got on and what we learned about each of them as a writer through the work they produced.

I will share some of this with you later in the week, but first, let’s look at what each prompt was and perhaps some of you might like to play along at home!

  1. Plotting: each person who chose this had three questions on a piece of paper. Here are some examples:
  1. Who just snuck in through the window?
  2. What were they carrying?
  3. Where were they going?

 

  1. Who is Ethan?
  2. Why is he crying?
  3. What is he going to do about it?

 

  1. Whose house is Julia leaving?
  2. Why was she there?
  3. Where is she going now?

 

  1. What is Alfie’s big idea?
  2. Who does he share it with?
  3. What is their plan of action?

 

  1. Why is the dog barking?
  2. Whose dog is it?
  3. What happened to the owner?

 

  1. What big secret did Maisie overhear?
  2. Who will she tell first?
  3. What will happen next?

 

2. Sculpting:

In any order, time-wise write out five life-defining moments.

 

3. Subtext:

In a group of 4 we will explore ‘subtext’ in a scene through action and reaction.

 

Person one: Employee

Person two: Boss

Scenario: Employee is asking the Boss for a pay rise.

Person three: the thoughts of Person one.

Person four: the thoughts of Person two.

Create the scene, location, time of day, brief visual on the two characters speaking.

Write their dialogue (actions as direction based on how you would act out the dialogue: hands to face, looking down etc.)

Person three and four must narrate the internal dialogue after what is said.

Create a scene that time permitting can be acted out!

So how did they get on… find out later this week!

The Canvey Writers hard at work…

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Mentoring Programme for Writers

I seem to do a lot more mentoring these days which I find fruitful for many reasons, for both myself and my clients.

We are all so busy in our lives and so writing that novel, finishing that short story collection, completing that project gets pushed aside. But when we have a weekly phone call and an expectation to produce something it forms a focus.

I am not sure how some of you are getting along with your new year’s resolutions but February is often the time when we flounder. So, I am proposing a six-week mentoring programme that begins next month for a small group, let’s say 6 writers with partially finished projects and serious intentions. You would need to set aside at least two- two and a half hours a week to work on it, but really if you call it 3o minutes a day and get up earlier, for example, it is pretty easy to do. And then another 30 minutes to an hour for a discussion which can be one-to-one or we can do a group chat later as we progress so we support one another.

All it will cost (and we do really need 6 of us) is £125 for 6 weeks of mentoring and finishing with a meet-up if not too widely dispersed so I am suggesting London. I have not run this before but my feeling is that it will be worthwhile as a way of kick-starting serious projects, so you do achieve that dream this year. At the end of the course I will offer guidance on what to do next including submitting your work.

If you are serious I need an email telling me about your writing project and intentions, how far you are along with it and what time you have available.

Email me now writer@debzhobbs-wyatt.co.uk

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Taking stock

Sometimes all you need to do is stand back and look at your life and appreciate just how far you have come to see where you’re heading.

A lot has happened this past month and now I am beginning to get back down to earth and focus on my writing and my editing work. I have work scheduled into April so all good 🙂

I am also still working on the new short story since there is a looming deadline I would like to meet. It’s an odd week as I have a touch of the lurgy and so under advice from the lovely Mr B I am not at the gym! NO!!!!!! I feel fine (ish) but the cough is doing my head in!)… but I am sure the world will not implode if I miss the gym for two days! But I do need to write!!!

If you need a reality check stand still and look at what you have because I promise you there is always always something to be grateful for ❤

That is all. Enjoy your day folks…

 

A photo of us (in glasses) as we read our own vows after the real ones! I am not sure I have achieved the I promise to try to talk less though!

Us 3Debz and Mal with The Revd Canon David Tudor, 19.1.19, St Nicholas Church, Canvey Island, Essex

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Live.

Breathe.

Appreciate the moment.

Let the writing take you on a journey.

Let the writing take you on a journey.

Appreciate the moment.

Breathe.

Live.

 

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The fun continues

Just a short Friday post as we prepare for the weekend. I know some of you have snow days! Enjoy and stay warm. I plan to stay in all day and finish the latest edit as well as look at some short stories. I am also still working out the structure for my Japanese POW story.

I will be back and blogging Tuesday 🙂

Have fun everyone!

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