From our Home page here at the Writers' Lounge:
The Writers' Lounge is a place where writers of all ages and of all kinds can share their work, read others and participate in community events such as contests.Our Front Page
Yeah, so we all know that (I hope).
"Our mission is to make this union a place where users can post their work, receive constructive feedback and improve their writing ability. We are for both experienced and new writers as well as for people who just want a good read. Above all else, we want to create an atmosphere where our members feel at home.Sparkster
Right there from the front page of our forums. I'll be brief and get to what I'm getting at here:
Obviously, in joining this union, there was a reason there. Maybe you just want to read others' works. Maybe. But I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you like to write. Maybe you love it. Maybe it's something you do here and there. Maybe it's something you want to do for a living. Maybe it's somewhere in between there. Maybe you write for yourself.
Whatever the reason, it doesn't really matter. I'm talking directly to those of you who want to take an active interest in deciding what, exactly, writing means to you.
Go ahead and take a moment.
Okay, so now, and I'm being completely serious here, do the following, and I expect everyone here to at least take some sort of damn effort in this:
- Identify your (potential) weak-points as a writer.
- Identify your (potential) strong-points as a writer.
- Identify what writing is to you, and what you would like it to ultimately be.
- Identify what, if anything, you want your writing to say or mean to others.
- Identify what or who go you into writing, and ultimately why you write.
- Identify what, if anything, you want or expect to gain from being a member here.
- Lastly: Identify at least one short term and one long term goal for yourself.
Let us know all of these. I'll be doing mine shortly. These are going to be catalogued and organized by yours truly, and we're going to have a sort of progress watch thing.
What the ultimate goal is here is to actually make some progress as writers. The rest of the union will most likely continue as usual, but I'm going to be spearheading this idea, and to be blunt, I expect every single member to be involved in this.
In identifying the above questions - And feel free to ad-lib your own if you'd like, I'm just trying to be brief here and feel these cover the most important questions, but again, I may have not though of one - what you're ultimately establishing is a writer's template of yourself. Knowing what you yourself know about your writing, coupled with what other people have said before about your writing, the hopes here are to identify these key elements of writing and to improve ourselves.
How, exactly, I'll continue with this after I get some responses to the above questions I have only a vague idea. If you honestly want to improve your writing, in any fashion, then I expect you to provide the above information.
I don't even care if you're just a casual writer who does it for the hell of it. The fact that you're here means you have some interest in writing; let us know the extent of that interest.
I also don't care if this sounds stupid. Do it.
Outside of this little project to be, keep up on the posting. We've seen spotty new faces and a marginal increase in activity again this week. So read what people are putting up and comment to some degree. At least "I like it" or "I don't like it."
Seriously. Come on, people. I try my best to comment at least marginally on every piece people put up - I expect the same of everyone else.
I hope that a lot of you guys will respond to this. I think we can have a lot of fun and interesting things going on, but I see a lot of complaining about the lack of activity and not a lot of people trying to do anything different.
So here's your something different, and it's something that could potentially be quite constructive.
Okay, now GO.