Suggestion 2 -Book club meets writing group
How it would work
Instead of competitions, maybe something a little less formal? By which I mean something along the lines of agreeing on a prompt (probably using a poll) then using it to write a short, and then we all read each other’s shorts and leave support/feedback. Maybe with a timeline of 2 months to write and 1 month to read since everyone will have different commitments? It would be good to brainstorm together along the way, too, and discuss the different paths we take.
This would not be a book club. You would not be forced to read everyone’s work and the “1 month” would really just be a break between prompts rather than a hard deadline.
It’d be perfectly ok to:
- only write when you have time
- only write when you like the prompt
- only read when you have time
- only read certain shorts, either because you don’t like the prompt, or because you don’t like the sound of that particular writer’s story.
- read without having written for the prompt
- only read/write certain months and/or catch up a few months later
The idea of this is more to create connections than to get lots of feedback. A community is more than just gaining book stats and feedback . Personally, I think part of the reason for a lack of a short story community is a lack of awareness of each other. The people I know from the SYS thread and the people I know from other things (critiquing and competitions) don’t really overlap, so I think if we can begin to bridge this, it’d be a good start.
- Readers, if you’re going to leave feedback, be constructive
- Writers, if the feedback is constructive, take it and move on, even if you don’t agree with it
- Don’t spam people or nag them to read your works, whether it’s for the prompts. We’ll work out a fair system to advertise all the prompt stories equally if we decide to do this. This is not a book club, and while you’re not obligated to read things you don’t want to or don’t have time for, neither do other people.
I think this will very much be an area where what you put in is what you get out. I’m not saying that no one will read your works if you don’t read theirs, because hopefully that won’t be the case (I know that I’d try and read everything I could) but you can’t expect to come in one week, show off a story and then drop out of the community and expect people to read. Also, if you gain a reputation for being mean or something else along those lines, then you also can’t expect people to keep coming back to your work. Like anywhere on Wattpad, building meaningful connections will definitely help, and that is the main aim here.
- I’d rather just have competitions tbh
- Other suggestion in a similar vein (please comment)