What you can expect

Today I’m going to discuss how I feel this website will operate, and what you can expect from me. I don’t want to over complicate things, but I do believe that I need some sort of structure, and I feel that will help the reader as well. Mainly I am going to go over when you can expect posts, my future plans, and other little housekeeping things.

Posts

I intend on posting AT MOST 3 times a week. Mondays and Fridays will be dedicated to your submissions – I will try to have different types of posts either day, however it entirely depends on submissions. Wednesdays will be dedicated to administrative posts (such as this one). If there are any changes to the website, or I want to announce something, Wednesdays is when I will do this. There may not always be posts on this day.

Plans

There are a few things I would like to do with this website. Buying a domain is at the top of my list, and should be done soon if I feel like there is enough growth. Along with a domain, I’d like to have an email list that I would (ideally) send weekly updates. I would also like to hold contests for different writing categories. A featured author is another idea I’ve been toying with, possibly as a prize for a contest.

One of the most important things I’m going to be creating is a set of rules for people commenting on posts. I really want people who aren’t “accomplished” writers (I put this in quotations because I believe if you write something, you’re already accomplished!) to be on here. There are many people who won’t submit their stories because they believe they’ll be judged too harshly, or believe they can’t write – I want to create a welcoming community, and although I support constructive criticism, I know there internet can be an unforgiving place, so I will create a set of terms to abide by.
This does not mean posts will be limited to those who aren’t published, or inexperienced, I’m just encouraging those who like to write but are hesitant on letting people read their stories to send them along – we all want to read them!

I know I am always posting about this, but if you have ANY questions or suggestions, I am all ears! I am learning as I go, so there is a lot I may miss! That being said, I do have a full time job, so if you notice something and tell me, it may take a day or two to get fixed. I am most active on Twitter but you can also post on the Facebook page.

Yours,
Melissa

I'm a lover of all things Tudor, and historical - fiction or fact. My aim is to bring together writers of all calibers to share their work with like minded people!

One thought on “What you can expect

  1. Hi Melissa,

    Many thanks for your email. I really hope there will be a lot of interest in the Tudor Writing Circle, with some interesting stories/poems etc submitted. My only advice is not to over-stretch yourself. It’s so easy to get carried away with the enthusiasm of an enjoyable pastime and before you know it, you have another full-time job on your hands (I’m speaking from experience here).

    I am delighted that you are encouraging new writers or those who are reluctant to submit their pieces for fear of being ridiculed. I know I talk a lot about the writing competition but I learned a great deal from it and always posted positive comments about each entry – it’s rare not to find something unique or outstanding in nearly any story and these aspects should take precedence over the grammar, after all it’s the job of proofreaders and editors to deal with that side. It was a small amateur comp and many were very hesitant about competing but after a while some took the plunge and proved to be very inventive authors.

    I agree that there should be a set of terms which all who visit your website need to abide by, to keep a nice, encouraging atmosphere. I shall never forget the rude, arrogant woman who spent all her time criticising very well written stories and upsetting everyone (her view was always that she could have done better), and when I voted for a story by one of the less accomplished writers (who possibly suffered with dyslexia, or maybe learning difficulties, but I could tell she was trying hard and did have some very good ideas), I received a lengthy diatribe from aforementioned egotist berating me for this as the story and presentation were not up to the required standard (what “required” standard? – it was a competition open to all and 99% of entrants had never had a word published, nor written anything “creative” since their schooldays). However, the lady who had written the piece sent me a lovely message, saying how happy she was that she had received a mention in one of the categories (voted for by the judges) and it had made her day and she said she felt welcome and encouraged to write more, even though she knew most of the entrants wrote much better than she ever could. I assured her that the main object was for people to enjoy writing and, as with everything, practice makes perfect.

    As ever, the compulsive scribe in me has rambled on but basically I wanted to say that I think you have some great ideas for the Tudor Writing Circle and I can envisage a bright future for it and wish you luck with your endeavours. I shall look out for your first story on Friday (can’t believe I typed Thursday in a tweet – thanks for correcting it; I did the same as soon as I realised, with apologies) and hope to send you my first offering soon after. However, I have a busy week or so ahead with helping my daughter with admin work, an outing with a friend to a ceramics exhibition and a new bathroom basin being fitted (my husband says he knows his limitations) and so we booked a plumber who should do it much faster and without the dreaded leaks he could foresee with his workmanship.

    Bye for now and I shall keep in touch.

    Best wishes and keep on writing!

    Chasqui

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