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Feedback and Encouragement / American Anger
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:31:47 pm »
Hey everyone, same deal, post your goals for the week and check in to share any writing and how you're going :)

Sorry I've been so absent lately but I've been taking a much needed break. Please don't be afraid to post as often as you like, even if it feels like you are talking to a wall I promise there are people like me quietly listening and appreciating your presence.

My goal this week is to do a scribble everyday in my book we made at Words and Biscuits today. And maybe some words but I won't push that for now.

Opportunities / Submission opportunity for under 25's
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:03:23 pm »
Just happened upon this: A journal for young NZ writers.

The closing date for submissions is fast approaching on April 20th. I'm hoping to throw something together before then eeek

Feedback and Encouragement / Easter Eagerness
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:22:05 pm »
The extra long, two week edition of our themed challenges.

Post your goal for the two weeks (or post another halfway) and check-in as often as you want, most of us are aiming for daily. Feel free to share some (or all) of what you have been working on or just update us on how your goal is going, what you ate for lunch, why you keep procrastinating.. haha

If you succeed (or even if you didn't) come join us at Words and Biscuits for our mini celebration in two weeks  ;D

Join us!

Opportunities / Createspace for book creating
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:01:13 pm »
I haven't fully investigated this as I'm not personally at this stage yet but I've heard can be a good way of making a book if anyone is looking for a way to do it themselves.

Discussion / Auckland Writers Festival Programme!
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:40:55 pm »
The programme for the Auckland Writers Festival has just been released for this year:

Maybe we should go together? I normally just go to the free ones because I'm too lazy to read all the descriptions but I'll have to have a proper look at all of them this year.

This one might be good and is free:

Feedback and Encouragement / Mexican Ultimatum Week 1
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:08:39 pm »
A few of us have decided to challenge ourselves to write something everyday (aim for 10 minutes) for as many days in a row as we can. We'll post our word count/estimate here every day and any writing from that which we want to share. You are welcome to join us  :)

Don't miss a day or you'll have to start again!

Feedback and Encouragement / An attempt at being more horrific
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:42:21 am »
POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLY PLEASE I already know it's terrible ;D

In the corner of the shower
a grasshopper hides
fleeing the water
can't grip to the sides

roaming stainless steel
for particles and gunk
sudden darkness overwhelms
plate crashes with a 'thunk'

run for the corner
a good place to be, right?
until the corner ensnares you
with its sticky strings of white


Well, the demise of insects seems to be the closest I can get to a horror poem/story. How is your homework going, those who were at Toi Ora this week?


Discussion / Interview about us!
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:21:54 am »
The Mental Health Foundation have an interview about my journey through POD (Point Of Difference) and this forum which is my project from that.

You can find it here:

Discussion / Happy New Year!
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:30:04 pm »
Hi everyone,

I hope you've had a fun and relaxing break and either have been writing or are getting excited about getting back into things! I'm definitely the latter haha oops..

SO, take this as an opportunity to let us all know how your summer is going, what kind of headspace you're in and what you want to achieve this year. If you want to. Maybe we can hold each other accountable to our goals, or maybe we can have a communal goal to work towards like putting together a publication.

Much Love,

Serena xxxxx

Discussion / Email Notifications
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:12:33 pm »
Hi all,

Just a notice that we are having some technical difficulties with email notifications.

For the moment the emails will most likely appear in your spam folder, you can choose to mark those emails as "Not Spam" in Gmail and it should eventually not mark future ones as spam.

All emails will be delivered from the email "" and may have a name "UNKNOWN" or the poster's email address in the name field.

Thanks for your patience  :)

Discussion / Privacy Poll
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:36:34 pm »
Hi all,

Currently I have the 'Prompts' , 'Feedback and Encouragement' and 'Discussion' sections hidden from Guest users (anyone who is visiting the site). This means that in order to view these sections you must have an account, however anyone can make an account.

The pros of this for me are:  it's an extra step for people to take which in turn gives us a little more privacy, and we can remove users who are inappropriate and they will no longer be able to view this content.

The cons:  anyone can make an account, we can't stop troublesome people from just making a new account, people who are interested in joining the group may feel shy if they can't see what the group is like.

Please let me know your thoughts :)

EDIT: I have changed the privacy settings so everything is visible to anyone for the time being. I hope this will make it easier for people to find the confidence to join us. Please let me know if this is an issue for you and we will re- assess.

Prompts / Short story including the line...
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:24:55 pm »
Write a short story including one (or all) of the the following lines:

"I have something to tell you"

"she had missed the last train and there was only one person she...."

"wait here, I'll be back soon"

If you like deadlines then complete this exercise by the end of the week.

Feedback and Encouragement / seastrangles
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:18:38 pm »

washes away
old water bottles
fish eggs

currents hide prejudice

sea caterpillars crawl
confusing the unsuspecting
puddle watcher
rock slipper
horizon wonderer
hopeless hoper
listless ocean


Opportunities / HITRECORD
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:48:26 pm »
Hey guys,

So I've never actually contributed to it but I've long appreciated the work that is created by HITRECORD. It's a site that takes all sorts of creative contributions and turns them into collaborative multimedia awesome thingies. Anyone can contribute and they want both new pieces and frequently have need for writer's for specific projects too.

You can contribute a new idea or add to someone else's. And if your work gets used in something they pay you!

Check it out:

They are currently working on a project about being 'half awake' in the mornings which looks really cool and they're still looking for non-fiction story contributions.

Feedback and Encouragement / outtimes
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:44:01 pm »
and nothing happened
everyone enjoyed it
wanted to go home
uncomfortable things
or the tyre blowout
to make matters worse
it took him away
freeway collision
full panoply
fun as it was


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