Dear Reader,

After roaming around the Scribophile forums and signing up to a few different groups, I finally came up with the idea to start my own group. Me and a few other Scribophile users, whom I met during Camp NaNo this April, sat down and brainstormed about what the group should be called, what it should feature, who should join etc.

After about 2 days of deliberating, we finally came up with a name, a purpose and a few ideas for forum threads. We agreed to call the group "NaNoScriBo" and if you hadn't guessed by the name of the group, its purpose is to facilitate the need for a room specifically for Wrimos and Scribophile users.

My good friends, and fellow Wrimos, Grace (aka Dawn Archer) and Kenny (aka Journey_Cat), were so helpful in providing ideas and especially in creating the NaNoScriBo Logo {Isn't it amazing? Click on it to visit the NaNoScriBo Group Page: D}

We set up the room and so far it's been going great. We have almost 20 members, 13 group threads and 330 + posts in those NaNoScriBo group threads.

So I'd say that things are definitely picking up for me in Scribophile! Although I haven't been very active in critiquing recently (as I do have a life to maintain outside of my dream world of big words and novelists) I am making my way back into the Scribophile ranks and slowly recovering my standing. All in all, I'd say this week has been the best one I've had in a long time! :)

Dear Reader,

After last week's post about joining up to the site called Scribophile, I wanted to make a post here explaining how my first week went.

It has been six days since I joined Scribophile and I am very happy with the experience, confidence and help that this site has afforded me with regards to my noveling and writing adventure.

I was welcomed with many messages posted to my homepage saying "Hello" and "Welcome to Scrib!" The community there welcomed me and there were quite a few other scribo's who helped me and kindly explained and showed me how things work.

After posting my first critique, I started receiving messages from the people who's stories I had reviewed. They told me how they appreciated my critique and how I had helped them. And that helped me! 
I love receiving kind messages from fellow writers telling me what they thought of my own work and telling me "Thanks" for critiquing their own work.

I found a few groups and forums that I feel welcome on and have already made quite a few friends. I have had lovely, helpful reviews on the first chapter of my current NaNo novel and to return the favour have commented on the sender's work.

Critiquing is hard work and can take quite some time and patience. Especially if the writing is not very good or if it the grammar or punctuation is quite a way off. Then if becomes painstakingly slow and challenging. 

But the feeling of joy and satisfaction when you hit that "Submit Critique" button is like nothing that I've ever felt before. I feel so honoured when other look at my work and I feel just as honoured to look at their work. After all, a writer's work is a small window into their life and soul. Sharing something as precious as your written work is hard and so I admire those who do and am glad that Scrib has given me the courage to do so too.

There are still many people joining Scribophile today and I find it very encouraging to just send them a message saying "Hi" and "welcome". After all, I liked the recognition that those messages gave me so why should I not send that warm fuzzy feeling to others?

Scribophile has changed my life and I am ever grateful for the wonderful people there who have made me feel so welcome in their community.

Dear reader,

I have already told you that I am planning on editing my Camp NaNo novel in due time (namely after I ACTUALLY complete it) But it had crossed my mind that I can be a bit biased when it comes to criticizing my own work. 

That was until I was introduced to a site called Scribophile.

Basically the aim of this site is to post a piece of writing and comment or
review another authors piece of writing. When you write a "Critique" (as
they call them) you earn 'karma points' and you need 5.0 karma points to
post a piece of your own writing. So basically the longer and more in-depth
you critique the work of another writer, the faster you can post your work
up to be critiqued. 

I only joined Scribophile two or three days ago and have already made some
great friends, read some great pieces of writing (and poetry), had really
creative feedback for the first chapter of my novel and been asked to join a
forum group.

Everyone there is friendly and the love of literature and writing has brought us all together. I am now in love with this site and it has now become my Facebook. I check it constantly and am always looking for something eye-catching to critique.

I've fallen in love with this site and I know that ANY writer out there looking to get some creative feedback on their writing will love this site as much as I do.

I was very nervous about posting my work on the internet (writing it in secret and posting an excerpt on the NaNo sites was different) and didn't know whether or not to do it. I'm a very shy person as it is but posting my work up on Scribo has given me a new freedom and has boosted my love of writing.

I love seeing people react to my work and love seeing people react to the comments I make on their work. It's all-round love, encouragement and warm fuzzy feelings. 

To all writers and poets out there reading this blog ...

Try Scribophile ... You won't regret it!!

    Who, How,

    'Who, How, Where?' is the section of my website I use to discus all the different aspects of noveling.

    Who to read for good editing info? How to edit your first draft?
    Where to go to find good encouragement and other unknown novelists?

    About the Author

    Young though I am, I can proudly say that I am an Author. I have written two novels so far and at the moment am writing my first sequel. The Ashford


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