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Continually trying to answer the question...can a man of few words write a successful novel?

I'm a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense writer from small town USA who struggles everyday to balance my passion for prose against the need to be a full-time bread winner. Finding ways to devote more time to my writing is the challenge, but for now all I can do is follow this tug at my heart to wherever it leads. I'm here primarily to soak up all the knowledge I can from the writing-centric blogosphere, but I'll do my best to contribute by thinking of new and innovative ways to churn the writing pot.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for WRiTE CLUB


W is for WRiTE CLUB


In November of 2011 I tried an experiment…it was called WRiTE CLUB.  I solicited and received 250 word writing samples from my readers, written under anonymous pen names, and pitted them against one another in bouts over a twelve week period.  Twelve winners were picked by the most votes left in the comments and they continued on into succeeding rounds until an ultimate champion was chosen in February.  You can see a synopsis of the entire first season, including the rules it operated under, right here.

The experiment was an awesome success!  Participants and readers alike applauded the anonymous nature of all of the writing which prevented the endeavor from turning into a popularity contest.  Some truly creative writing was put on display, everyone received some helpful feedback about what worked and what didn’t, and the best part is that the winner (Tiana Smith) and runner-up (Julie Dao) ended up becoming critique partners.  :)

WRiTE CLUB is scheduled to return in July with a few key modifications and some very thrilling enhancements.  The biggest and most exciting change will be that the final round, where the two finalists face off against one another…will be judged by a panel of publishing industry professionals.  That’s right; a team of agents, publishers, editors, and successful authors will be voting for and critiquing the final two submissions.  How cool is that?

Keep your eye out for WRiTE CLUB 2012 announcements as the summer starts to heat up.    

31 comments:

  1. Hey, DL, I met you after this was underway so I never really understood what was going on. It's a really cool idea.
    Karen

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  2. At first I read, "And pitied them.." Hey, it's 5 in the morning. Write Club was some fun stress!

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  3. Sounds like a great idea. I think the anonymity is nice since I've decided not to attach myself to my work in a public way until it's published.

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  4. Oh yeah, I'll be keeping my eye open for this in July!

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  5. I'll definitely still be around come July.

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  6. I'm excited already! What a great idea!

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  7. Wow. I watched from the sidelines last time but maybe I'll have to throw my hat in this year. You have outdone yourself, sir.
    What a great idea.
    Heather

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  8. Professionals judging the finalists - sounds awesome!

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  9. I really enjoyed Write Club. Professional judges sounds exciting!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  10. I had so much fun participating in WRiTE Club! Thanks for hosting and I'm glad to hear that you'll be hosting a second season :)

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  11. Sounds great. I can't wait to read the details, D.L. You've come up with a unique concept here. Perhaps I'll work up the courage to submit something. Thanks for hosting such neat contests.

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  12. Neat idea! I'm sure it was hard to narrow down the best pieces!

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  13. OooOOoh! That sounds amazing :) I won't be entering this year, obviously, but I will be voting and helping promote!

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  14. OooOOoh! That sounds amazing :) I won't be entering this year, obviously, but I will be voting and helping promote!

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  15. Oh that just sounds awesome! Can't wait for more info.

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  16. Write Club was a lot of fun. Great job promoting writer interest too.
    The Geek Twins

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  17. What an brilliant idea! I like the anonymity part. I bet you're a great marketer, too. I'll have to check out July's Write Club.

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  18. Awwwwwesome... it sounds SO fun!!!!!

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  19. What a kickin' idea. I'll keep an eye out. Please tell me the first rule of Write Club is different from the first rule of Fight Club.

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  20. Oh, I'm so happy you're doing this again!

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  21. This is great! I keep a look out for it in July!

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  22. Write club was a lot of fun! Looking forward to the next round :)

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  23. Whoo-hoo!!!

    Awesome news, D-Bone! I'm really looking forward to WRiTE Club 2.0!!!

    And this time I'm be around at the beginning, and might even submit a piece. ;^)

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  24. Well slap somebody else's momma and call me Sally. That is going to be the most awesome thing. I love how so many of you blogging phenoms get the industry professionals into it. I mean, heck, this is a great way of culling the cream to the top and handing them someone perfect to have their agent version of a fight over. Love it!!!

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  25. Thanks for the update, tht is so cool! I really enjoyed Write Club and I'm looking forward to it coming back!

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  26. That sounds like a lot fun! I love the logo.

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