Feb 03

Deadwood Writers Voices 1 Year Anniversary

Editor’s Log 02/03/15

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One year ago, the Deadwood Writers’ Voices opened its first issue. There was no fanfare. But it was another momentous step that the group took in its journey along the writer’s path. A group of brave authors committed themselves to publishing  a monthly piece along the theme of writing. Backed by a dedicated volunteer crew of editors who work with the authors, we stepped into the unknown.

It’s not been an easy journey. We’ve navigated potholes and fallen trees blocking the way. Each challenge was, and continues to be, a learning opportunity for us. While there is much more work to be done, there are accomplishments to be celebrated.

Writing and Publishing Regularly

Commitment to writing on a regular basis is a common challenge expressed at different writer’s groups meetings and conferences I’ve attended. Anyone who attends a writer’s group can attest to hearing from others, or thinking it themselves, “I want to write every day and produce something monthly, but _______________…” Each of the contributors to DWV have set aside the excuses and submit work for monthly deadlines. Oftentimes, the writing goes through several revisions from conversations with their editor.

Increased Skills

Writing for a public audience has opened opportunities for these busy writers, who have other career obligations, to spend more time honing their skills. The results continue to grow with each post.

Writing More Frequently

We’ve gone beyond talking the talk to walking the walk. Many of these authors are writing pieces in addition to this monthly commitment. This has led to goal setting for 2015 where many are publicly committing to writing and contributing to other sources—in addition to maintaining their work with DWV.

Next Steps

As we shift to year two of DWV, the dialog has changed from let’s write and publish regularly to a desire to explore our voices beyond the topic of writing. We’re finding that we’ve much to say and even more to explore. This ranges from exploring different genres to marketing and tapping the power of social media for connecting DWV.

Beginning now, the topics that authors contribute is wide open. All genres and purposes are open. The Deadwood Writers’ Group has always been a learning community, in addition to providing feedback and reflection on participants’ work. This year, we have increased the number of regular contributors, adding new voices to the family. We will also have some guest writers to add their voices for enriching the experience. If you are interested, review our submission guidelines. Only a limited number of guest writers will be included this year.

Post comments on the articles, the authors will respond. Challenge them by offering topics you’d like to see them write about. Thank you for reading the Deadwood Writers’ Voices.

 

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    • Kelly Bixby on February 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm
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    You’re more than our managing editor, John. Fearless Leader, Mentor, Teacher, and Historian all come to mind too. Thanks for the supportive atmosphere you’ve fostered and for giving us aspiring authors a voice. The growth we’ve had individually and collectively is worthy of celebrating!

    1. Thank you. I’m speechless

    • Book Lover on February 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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    Happy first anniversary, Deadwood Writers Voices. How quickly time passes when we enjoy what we do. Let’s see what the new year brings.

  1. I look forward to another year, and I like that we’ve opened up the “voices” part of our name to allow for a broader, ah, voice.

    This year our pieces can be more sporadic because we can write more of how we feel, not just what we know. More personal. Hopefully, that will get more threads going and more outsiders reading our DWV rants.

    Onward and Upward in ’15.

    1. Agreed

    • Claire Murray on February 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    It was very nice to read about all we’ve accomplished. I’d forgotten what membership in the group was like before we started this blog. And the piece of cake, looks delicious. Thanks for reminding us!

    1. We’ve come a long way. There is more to the journey

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