The Belper IRC channel is now up and running with its own bot to help you with your writerly needs.
Some useful IRC clients you could use to access the chatroom are Mibbit if you don’t want to download any thing or Xchat if you want something more permanent, a little harder to set up but quick when you come back to it.
The bot is called Thetis. So far she can time for Word Wars, google and send other members messages. If any one wants her to do any thing else email us at email@example.com
Show Commands : thetis help
Understanding the Commands: help tell (change tell to any of the commands you want to know how to use.)
Word War: thetis word war 10 5 (how long, start in)
Leave Message: thetis tell (name) (message here)
It’s a good idea to keep the same name when you visit the IRC chatroom so people can leave messages.
The info in this post will also be in the about page so its easy to access.
Just to clarify and remind. We have booked the upstairs room for tomorrows meet. The meet will run 4 till 10.
The room we’ve booked is up stairs, the first room on the right when you get to the top, or you could just ask at the counter for the Scribbles meet.
Hope to see you all there.
The scribbles new newsletter has now arrived, The scribbler. This will be sent out on the 1st-ish of every month. The newsletter will inform everyone of activities and events for the month ahead. A new tab has also been added for the Scribbler. If you have any ideas or want to subscribe to the Scribbler please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have an email for anything and everything Scribbles. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com. We will reply as soon as we can.
Well we are on the 8th day into our NaNoFiMo month. I hope everyone is doing great. Just remember that editing counts towards your daily count, for example you edit 1000 words that’s 1000 word to your 30,000.
Keep us posted on how you’re doing.
See you on monday at the Fresh Grounds.
Writing is a solitary endeavour. Most people who read this will probably already know that of course, but despite all my years (ten-ish) of writing experience in a lot of different ways I’ve only recently learnt the value of camaraderie in the face of monstrous word counts and never-ending-edits.
At the end of the day you’ll always have to do the writing yourself, no one can write your book but you, no one knows the characters like you do and no one will ever find the threads within the story that you will but equally you don’t have to travel from the inception of your ideas to the finished product completely bereft of human contact. In fact I have some to think that it’s not only lovely to have company long the way it’s essential to my sanity.
For many years I thought I had to become a hermit if I wanted to be a writer. I had to go and find a cabin and shut myself in it for six months to write that novel that’s been itching in the back of my mind, I would have to live in sweat pants and live on a diet of cream cheese from a tube and copious amounts of coffee but not only is that not practical for someone in my position in life, someone who needs a job for money to buy all my cream cheese and coffee, it’s not a desirable place to be. I love to shut myself away for a few days even a few weeks to write but I also need to talk. I want to talk about my characters and their lives, the things they’re going through (or, more accurately, the things I am putting them through) and I don’t think that’s a bad thing to want. Writing is about communication at the end of the day; we write because we have something to say or because we have people inside of her that need to get out and tell their stories, so surely it’s natural to want to talk to other writers face to face, to swap our own stories as well as those of the people we’ve created or discovered.
With Scribbles I can feel free to be ambitious, to have wild ideas and go with them; the spirit of National Novel Writing Month lives on in our little group, the idea that we can do whatever we like, that we can write without the self-imposed restrictions that have held us back in the past. They have certainly held me back in years gone by. Well, no longer! That spirit of literary abandon has endured long past November and into the new year and I would recommend maintaining a writing group to anyone with ambition to keep up their wordy habit in the off-season. Remember you have to write the words alone, but you don’t have to go on the journey of writing them alone.
- A very sappy Heather.