Saturday, February 26, 2011

Writebulb Logo

Well - we are going from strength to strength.  We have our logo finalised and this now seems to make Writebulb official.  It illustrates that we are taking the group seriously and we have our own 'brand' that we can be identified with - it glues our group together.

It's funny how writing is a solo occupation and yet we feel the same pride in a unifying logo as do social groups such as the Girl Guides or the Rotary Club.  Logos are an expression of our personality and unify members of a group.  The Writebulb logo expresses our love of books and writing, our love of creativeness and ideas.  The light bulb is welcoming and warm; the book is open - a beacon for both existing members and new.  It portrays how the group functions and shows the open trusting environment we need in which to nurture our creative minds.

Our thanks go to Gill Sanchez who created the logo for us.  He has done a splendid job and we are very grateful.  Gill's website is:

One of the great things about Writebulb is the diversity of its members.  I think we have every genre of writing covered and at meetings it is apparent that we have myriad personalities and a diverse age group.  But we have so much more in common than our love of writing - we all participate and everyone's voice is heard.  We have created a caring community which supports, nurtures and encourages its members.

Our strength lies in our members and we move from strength to strength.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 ways I stay motivated to write

Here at Writebulb, we're all about getting motivated - and staying that way!

For many of us the demands of daily life rob us of time when we wish we could write.  This can lead to what I like to call Writer's Rage, when we lose our temper because we JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE to gather our thoughts and get them down on paper or keypad.

However, when I have the time to write I procrastinate.  Suddenly everything but writing becomes endlessly fascinating.

So here are five tricks and techniques I use to stay motivated:
  1. Set a daily word count:  During an intensive project such as National Novel Writing Month, in which you're required to write 50, 000 words in one month, most writers set a daily word count of 1, 667.  This is measurable and achievable (honestly, I've done it twice).  I recognise this as extreme so my daily word count is just 500 words a day.
  2. Make yourself accountable to others:  I have two readers waiting for my work.  Whether you have them to proof-read, or a paying fan of your work, tell them when to expect your next project.  Knowing that someone is waiting on you is very motivatiing indeed!  At Writebulb all of us state our goals and report back on progress at each meeting.  It's a bit like Weight Watchers but you can eat all the cake you like!
  3. Imagine that someone else had your idea:  Could you cope with the horror of discovering that someone had exactly the same idea as you but beat you to publication?  When I'm feeling lazy I imagine that the alternate-universe me is busy at his desk, hammering out my story (which will then go on to win critical acclaim, sell in the millions, and be optioned for a movie).  Noooooo!
  4. Be around other writers: Feedback from Writebulb meetings shows that some feel isolated but being around other writers can kick them back into gear.  Sharing the love, and the pain, of writing can keep you going.  I always come away from meetings feeling like I could take over the world.
  5. Plan, plan, plan:  There are Plotters and there are 'Pantsters'.  Plotters know where they're going, Pantsters are all about the journey and discovering new things.  I'm both.  I'm a Pantster for the first draft but I come back to being a Plotter when the second (third, fouth, fifth) draft is required.  It helps me to know where my characters are going.
How do you stay motivated?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Demon Girl Hardback Giveaway with WattPad

Quick update on the Demon Girl post specially for those who don’t have an e-reader.
Two thumbs up!

Light on, write on!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Sky's the Limit

Some days you run, some you walk and some you just get stuck in the mire.  Right now, I’m flying and this state of mind has been with me for a while now.  I feel I can accomplish anything and life is filled with only niggles, challenges or obstacles - not problems.  Definitely not problems.

Disposed to introspection as I am, this is a ponderous state of affairs.  I am not drinking or taking drugs, the weather hasn’t been particularly brilliant (no bright-blue-sunshine days), and I wonder what has lifted me high into the air, swooping with joy and riding on whispering breezes rather than battling against life’s cold north winds?  I’ve a sneaking suspicion it’s that I’ve finally found the courage to come out into the open and admit to those around me that I want to become a published author.  That I am working towards that goal, shamelessly.  So now when a certain friend asks ‘are you still writing your little stories?’, instead of feeling as if I am five years old and mumbling a sort of apology I am confident in my reply:  ‘Yes, I am most definitely writing and proud that this is my hobby’ (well I don’t say it quite so theatrically!).  Sometimes my hobby can be frustrating and sometimes I can feel alone, but that’s where Writebulb comes in (yep, I am going somewhere with this!).

Writebulb had its second meeting on Saturday and what a joy.  The staff at Chelmsford Library are doing a fantastic job supporting our group and have created and displayed a poster (the picture in this blog) around the library.  We had such a lovely mix of people again this month but what is so wonderful is that everyone is so supportive, wants to participate and we laugh!  I came away with such a warm feeling that has sent me straight back soaring above the clouds again with renewed energy and ideas.  The sky’s the limit?  I’m not sure – I’m aiming for higher!

The Demon Girl

If you came to the Writebulb meeting last Saturday, you will already know that Penelope Fletcher, she of the Demon Girl fame, is coming to speak to the group at our next meeting on 12 March 2011.
I am a big fan of her work and this is coming from someone who before Demon Girl, hardly read fantasy. There are demons, shifters, were-creatures, fairies and yes the inevitable vampire in her work. I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I would encourage anyone to read it, whatever your age.
It was such a fun and amusing book that I would bombard poor Stuart with text messages, yelping with delight, at some very ungodly hours of the night simply because I couldn’t put it down. It definitely kept me up past my bedtime.
I thought I should let you know where to find the book, the first in a series, and hope that you love Rae Wilder as much as I did.
It’s a free download on Amazon (click here for page) and is also available from other ebook websites (please see links below). If you do not have e-reading device, don’t let that stop you, download the free Kindle app here, for your computer or smartphone and get reading.
If you are not digitally inclined, don’t despair! I am informed that there is a print version coming out shortly.
Remember to send us the questions you would like to ask Penelope Fletcher on the day.
Happy reading and hope to see you at our next meeting!

Light on, write on.

P.S Please remember to spread the word if you love her work.