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  1. The Community How often do you use the forum? Is there anything we can do to encourage you to visit more often? Is there anything we can do that might compel you into using the forum more often that we are not already doing? I’m really keen to access this website more and it’s just a case for me building a habit and visiting more frequently to get engaged with the community Do you use the forum, the Discord server, or both? If you currently use one but not the other, is there a specific reason? I’ve not used it much but I plan to. I have only today accessed the Discord server, I guess because I didn’t really know or understand what goes on… probably shows my ignorance more than anything Are there any specific rules or guidelines that you feel are unclear and need to be expanded on? If so, which ones? Not that I know of at the moment… Do you feel like the staff members are always around to answer questions and help if you have any issues? I can’t really comment as I haven’t accessed enough What overall feedback do you have for Worldsmyths? I think this is a really powerful resource and probably a huge learning curve in terms of getting to know the site. I need to spend some time on it to reap the benefits. The Forum How do you like the new forum software? Is there anything that confuses you? Are there any sections of the forum that you would like to see be more active? I don’t know what the old software was like so can’t comment. Are there any discussion sections that you feel could be added to the forum? Have you joined or created any clubs? No Are there any clubs that you would like to see and haven't yet been made? Are there any parts of the forum that you don't visit, or that don't interest you? What part is your favorite? The Library Do you use the Library for submitting or reviewing? If not, what is keeping you from visiting? Is there anything about the library that is currently keeping you from using it (whether it's submitting or reviewing someone else's submission)? I wasn’t aware of the library but it is definitely a benefit I would like to take advantage of Have you had any trouble submitting to the library that has kept you from using it? Is there anything that has kept you from reviewing any of the submitted works currently in the library? I will take a look and have a look around. Do you think there should be some kind of a guideline for the 1-5 star rating system of submissions? If so, do you have any suggestions? Discord (Optional) Do you currently use Discord to interact with your fellow members? See above only just discovered this. How easy do you find it to join the conversations? Is there anything we can do to improve engagement? Are there any rules for the Discord that you feel are unclear and need to be elaborated on? Writing Challenges Some history - When the forum first opened, we had the challenges as bi-weekly, but received feedback that that wasn't enough time. They've been monthly ever since. Also, in question two it asks about a "system" suggestion - by "system," we mean the way the challenges are done (i.e. with them being member created VS staff created like they currently are). Are the monthly challenges beneficial to you? I haven’t participated. I was going to but then life happened. Sometimes it’s about timing and what people are currently working on. Is there another system that you think would work better for the writing challenges? Activity with the challenges has been up and down, and lately we've only been getting one or two entries each challenge. Do you think we should get rid of the challenges? Do you have any ideas for any new site-wide challenges we could do instead of the monthly challenges (and the word count challenge)? You could introduce a ‘muse’ challenge, something just to get peoples creative juices going if they are stuck, could be a prompt or an image but encourages free writing and submitting not as a polished piece of work but maybe the beginning?
  2. Sorry, I've been plagued by a couple of health issues this month which have put me back a little... will see where I am for April after taking stock next week...
  3. Yes, I'd be interested. I have done NaNo several times and think that these kind of challenges can be really motivating.
  4. I loved this book! I've been using the Snowflake method for sometime before I read it but it kind of all made sense in a very simple way with a familiar story and characters. It's very practical and the method suits my style. I use to think I could just 'write' but I much prefer a system, first drafts I've written using the method are much better, they still need editing but the actual story flows much better because I've worked it out in advance. It's also very flexible so if your character decides to deviate from your plans it's easy to change.
  5. I got an idea for a novel from Bill Brysons book, an historical one and the first book I self published!
  6. I've almost finished A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab, the second in a series. I love the characters and the magic system, it's giving me lots of inspiration. Next on my list is a paperback (so rare in my household these days purely because we don't have the space to store and as I live in Italy, no-where to pass them on!) It's the Booker Prize winner, The Milkman, a controversial format and I'm only interested because it's set in Ireland at the time of the Troubles when my husband lived there. I join up to the annual reading challenge on Goodreads, try to read 50 books a year, but this included non fiction stuff and 'how to' kind of reading.
  7. Name/Pen name: Jo Lamb (have written historical under the pen name of Louise Charles Age: 55 *eek* State/country: I’m English but have lived in Central Italy for 10 years Education: MBA (started off working life as a nurse...) [uHobbies and Favorites[/u] What are your hobbies? Writing, reading, more writing and reading. Have three dogs, six cats and four chickens. Learning to draw, want to be able to sketch my characters however terribly. Also trying to keep up with my grandchildren, have two of my own and three on my husbands side... What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? Too many to mention but love Hunger Games Trilogy, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and reading more indie fantasy authors at the moment What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? As above but also Peaky Blinders, Mama Mia, The Greatest Showman Writing How long have you been writing? For as long as I can remember but seriously for about 15 years What was the first story you wrote that you remember? So long back I can’t remember. Something for primary school. Is it finished? I don’t know Have you ever let anyone read it? Think I had to read it out in class What genre (romance, fantasy, etc) was it?[/b] Probably romance Who is your favorite character that you've written about? The character I’m writing now… Xanthe What is your favorite fantasy world you've created? Feel free to tell us about it. The one I’m writing now in Wolf Moon, where Xanthe plays the starring role What fantasy project(s) are you currently working on? How's it going in terms of progress? Wolf Moon, I started it in 2014 for NaNo and it’s been gathering dust whilst I finished all the other WiP’s I had on my desk Do you plan on taking advantage of the beta reading section? Yes, hopefully. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? Yes How many times? Seven What genres were your NaNos? Historical, contemporary and fantasy Did you finish the actual story by 50,000 words, or just reach 50,000 words but not be actually finished? I finished five times out of seven but always had more to write Are you planning on participating this coming November? Yes Other Stuff How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I think via a post on FB What made you decide to join? I’ve been looking for a forum that covers fantasy so I can meet other writers, want access to beta readers and gain a sense of accountability for my writing Have you told anyone else about it? Not yet… What do you hope Worldsmyths will help you accomplish in terms of your writing goals? Hope it will assist me in my transition from the historical genre to fantasy which is my passion. Learn about character and world building, gain support in terms of beta reading and reciprocate accordingly.