Tell Us Your Story!

When we started Big World a few years ago, it was really about building writing community. It grew out of our organic conversations about the need and the desire to carve out time and opportunity to get the writing done.

We were – and still are – about providing a chance for “butt in seat” writing.Writers who write get more written than writers who don’t. Simple as that.

Community – it’s a tough thing to maintain and to grow, especially when there are the usual suspects involved: full-time jobs, families, involvements, and doing our own writing.

Hats off to my co-moderator, who does the lion’s share of the organizing of the monthly write-ins. For my part, I would like to help grow our community via the blog and our social media, provide useful writing resources to writers in the Twin Cities and beyond, and to expose our readers to perspectives on writing they might not otherwise encounter.

That’s where you come in. We’d love to feature your experiences and stories as they relate to writing. We’d be interested in posts about:

  • Writing community – Do you have one? Who is a part of your writing community? What are your must-haves, when considering a writing community?
  • Writing soundtracks – What music/sounds helps you keep your writing mojo going? Jazz, classical, R&B, ambient noise, silence?
  • Writing goals – Look ahead to a year from now; what writing goals would you want to have accomplished by then? (BONUS: we’d love to see this in letter format, either to yourself, a la FutureMe, or to someone else of your choosing.)
  • What are you working on right now? – Longform descriptions of your current project, or #8Sunday format.
  • Submitting your writing – Lessons learned, tips, frustrations, etc. from the process of submitting your writing for publication
  • Photo tours – of bookstores, of write-ins, places to write, writer workspaces
  • Short reviews of process/editing books and or annotated bibliographies for writing books
  • Tips for the self-publishing journey

Interested? Email us at big.world.writing.club [at] gmail.com and share your stories!

A few quick and dirty guidelines. The post must be:

  1. Original
    It can’t be a post that has been posted anywhere else before. In other words, it must be a new post.
  2. At least 200 words long.
    This is for the content part, not counting the title and bio.
  3. At most 50 words bio.
    You may include links to your website/blog and/or social media channels here. Please put the bio at the end of the post. We will write an introduction at the beginning.

A word on location: as we are based in the Twin Cities, we especially want to hear from Minnesota-based writers, but we’re open to all.

Also, since we’re a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-genre writing group, we want our guest post authorship to reflect a wide range of identities and experiences, including those that are systemically underrepresented in the world of writing (which are typically the same identities that are marginalized everywhere else, just sayin.’).

Thanks and we look forward to building and growing a writing community with you!

 

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Music to Write By

I listen to music everyday, and often – frequently – listen to music while I write. Lately, this has been a good chunk of my writing soundtrack:

Collage of music album covers

Bjork – Greatest Hits
Some of my favorite Bjork songs are included in this compilation: “Joga,” “All is Full of Love,” “Army of Me,” and “Pagan Poetry.”

Jill Scott – Experience: Jill Scott 826+
I’m here for the second disc, where she sings on “Gotta Get Up (Another Day):” “I don’t want to go to work today/I’d rather stay home and play video games/I wanna chill.” Or maybe write and dream.

Santigold – Santigold
If “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Creator” don’t feel like writer/artist anthems…

Black Swan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sometimes, other people’s words are distracting. So I turn to Clint Mansell and the very wonderful, evocative score from the film Black Swan.

What music do you listen to while you write? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @bigworldwriting.