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13 May 2007 @ 03:55 pm
Welcome to the Weekly 1000!  
Greetings, writers! I've started this community in the hopes that a few people in LJ-land of similar temperament might want to participate in a little creative sweat and mutual encouragement.

I got my start as a writer doing film reviews for the college newspaper, and every week my 1,000-word review was due without fail. The discipline of that deadline, and the knowledge that every week I was going to have a little audience to try and entertain, helped me develop habits that have served me well ever since. Since much or what I do on LiveJournal is about writing, and many of my LJ-friends are also aspiring writers, a community like this is a natural idea.

Here's how I intend this thing to work (shamelessly pasted from the community bio):

On Mondays, I'll post an assignment related to writing prose fiction. You might be asked to narrate a given picture, expand on a pre-written sentence or two, or sketch out a character along certain guidelines. Come Friday, we each post 1,000 words on the assignment given for everyone in the community to enjoy and comment on.

So many writers don't give themselves the pleasure of a little workout. Once you get into the groove of it, you'll be surprised how easy it really is to come up with 1,000 words, and how much fun it is to flex your writing muscles in an encouraging atmosphere. Sometimes all we need is a push to get started. And maybe something you come up with here will inspire you to a more ambitious project!

About criticism - I want this to be a place that's supportive, but also constructive and honest. A writer needs thick skin, and they also need to learn how to give and receive feedback well. To participate in this community means more than writing, it means taking the time to read others' work and give a little back to them.

The intent is to keep this community at a manageable size, so there may be times when I'm not accepting new members. On the flip side - if you are a member and want to take some time off, be sure to let me know so we can give some new voices a chance to contribute.

If this sounds like fun, contact me. If I don't know you already, tell me a little bit about yourself and share a writing sample.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this experiment turns out to be fun!
Kristen Elizabethbelismakr on May 14th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the first assignment:)