Writer Opps Wednesday aims to bring you six new opportunities each week. But occasionally something comes to our attention that deserves a post all of its own, and that has happened this week. So, rather than six different sources of opportunity, this week, we look at The Write Practice.
There are more than six opportunities here, it’s a great resource for emerging writers and anyone who would love to write, but doesn’t quite know how to go about it. The Write Practice argues that becoming a writer comes down to practise, and to help you form the habit that will make practising easy (or easier, at least) they provide all sorts of support, including live, online training courses; prompts; resources, you name it. It’s a bit like a huge online writing group, run by professional writers who want to assist others achieve their writerly dreams. There’s even a pro version which you might want to check out.
The main idea of The Write Practice is practise. Their whole concept is that by writing for a mere fifteen minutes a day you will become a writer, as opposed to someone who whines about wanting to write but not having any time. They even provide a digital timer preset to fifteen minutes. But the starting point is a short assessment questionnaire which, if you complete it, will give them enough information to know which direction on the writers’ road to point you.
So I took the assessment to both enable me to tell you about it, and to find out where they say I am on that road. It comprises four questions about your writing, in a multiple choice format, and takes seconds to do. Once you’ve answered you put your name and email in the boxes provided, hit send, and in a few minutes get an email. The email I got told me I’m ready to build my audience and get published, and provided a link to a blog post on how to go about it. That turned out to be an article on the importance of mixing with other writers to share works in progress, and an invitation to join their Write to Publish course.
Unfortunately the course isn’t running at the moment, it runs in blocks a few times a year, but I signed up to their newsletter so they will let me know when the next one is due to start. They will also send daily prompts, a link to a free ebook, and all sorts of other writing related stuff. I received the ebook ,14 Prompts, almost instantly and it’s good, not at all like other books of prompts which can be odd, if not downright tiresome. So good, in fact, I had written a story by teatime. As you can imagine, I’m feeling rather pleased with the whole thing.
This week they are running a free, online, novel writing course. It’s hosted by Joe Bunting who, they say, has written nine books, so he should have a clear idea of what it takes. I’m rather tempted to give it a go, and if you are struggling to get your novel started/finished/edited why don’t you, too?