If you're a new member, here's what you need to do:
1) Read the rules below
2) Fill out your author page at the top with some information about you (here, randomness is accepted) and a brief blurb about each of your books / works-in-progress.
3) Edit the box on the sidebar and put in your name and the day you'd like to post. It's okay if it's on the same day as someone else - we don't take our schedule too seriously.
4) Start posting!
If you'd like to post on the Inkblots blog, the following subjects are acceptable:
- Your personal writing log for the week (aka, how many hours you've written that week and what you are currently working on. In a time log, please specify if you cat vaccumed or not. If you don't know what cat vacuuming is, you should.)
- A writing tip or link to an article you found helpful, on the subject of writing. We don't want posts that consist of just a link. Add your own thoughts, wit, and cheer.
- Exciting things like if you got to meet a favorite author, if you got a short story or novel published, reached a word count goal, or anything of the sort. You can also include this stuff in your weekly time log if you wish.
- Elaborate on the ups and downs of writing life. Vent to the world your passion against your current novel when things are bad. Gush about hugging your manuscript when things are good.
- Books you've learned a lot from, read recently, or greatly appreciate.
- Posts that somehow relate to our Topic of the Week.
The following subjects are not acceptable:
- Anything that includes obscenities like language, sex references, or crude jokes.
- Chapters or long excerpts from your book. We know you're excited about your novel - we're excited about ours too. But if you have an excerpt you'd like to have edited, we'd prefer you to send it privately to Sarah, Ellyn, or another club member. Don't post it on the blog for everyone on Google to discover and possibly steal. And don't risk someone trashing it in a comment. That hurts, and it could destroy your writing career.
- Anything random that doesn't directly relate to writing / books / Inkblots. It's great you have a new dog, but don't create a whole post on him. Email us if you want to let us know.