#StoryCraft Goes Monthly, and Googly!

Hello #storycrafters and friends!
Kim (who has written her own note, below) and I have been putting in a lot of thought and Skype time between Australia and New Zealand, and we have decided on some changes for #StoryCraft – at least, for our contributions to the community via Twitter. 

Three years ago, #Storycraft started in response to what seemed to be a trend of writing chats to focus more on querying agents, self-publishing advice, and generally talk about anything but how to write well. We quickly developed a core group of participants, and a core group of lurkers, who shared the desire to improve our craft. Many of those who came to the first few chats are still with us now, and Kim and I cherish being a part of that community, so we want to make sure that we focus on the needs and desires of those who really do want to improve their own work, while helping others do the same.

The problem is, Kim and I don’t think Twitter is serving the group as well as it used to – for two main reasons:

1) Let’s face it, 140 characters or less was only ever going to allow us a relatively shallow discussion on what is a complex topic. While the regular get-together aspect is fun and important for the community, we know we have all found ourselves in the midst of misunderstandings, or seeing the same people say the same things whenever a topic arrives (apparently some people are cutting and pasting from previous chats!) Kim and I would really like it if we could have a place where the whole community can contribute links and information and discuss it in more depth, between chats.

2) More and more, Twitter is being flooded with “authorpreneurs” (my word – don’t blame Kim!) These writers – however good or bad their work might be – are not interested in having conversations, or even providing an interesting information service (which is essentially what #storycraft is) and are only on Twitter to promote themselves (or others in exchange for promoting them, in return.) Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I think Twitter should not be part of an author’s “platform”, but I prefer the sublter method of being interesting enough that people will look up your profile to find out what you have to offer, over the BUY MY BOOK! or BUY THIS GUY’S BOOK BECAUSE THEN HE’LL SHOUT AT YOU TO BUY MY BOOK! approach.

Spamming hashtags is a common “marketing method”, now, and though our hashtag hasn’t been discovered by too many of these people, yet, it is starting and there is nothing we can do, because Twitter is, at its heart, a giant Soap-Box Corner.

So here’s what Kim and I have come up with:

On Twitter:

#StoryCraft chat on Twitter will now be hosted only once a month – on the first Sunday of each month. We will host together, and we will try to have a guest to bring in some specific expertise, to make the Twitter chat that little bit special (and to keep away the “editorpreneurs” who mistake a chat between equals as one that needs someone to boof in and be The Expert!)

In between chats, Kim and I will continue to share links to good resources for writers, using the #storycraft hashtag, but we will also share those links elsewhere online.

Elsewhere online:
The Facebook Page will continue to be a source of useful links and community information, and discussion when you guys feel so inclined.

A Google+ Community has been created and is being tweaked before it goes live. If you would like an invitation to the Community, do paste your Google+ and/or email information in the discussion, below, or contact me privately via email or any one of the links on this page

So, next #StoryCraft chat will be Sunday, August 4th at 6pm US Eastern time. I hope we’ll see you all there, and in the mean time on Facebook or Google+ keep an eye on this blog for news on that!

Happy Writing,


Hi #storycrafters and friends

I agree with everything Darcy mentioned above. I would like to add that there is nothing better to breathe life into a community than a fresh change of direction. I also love the idea of a private community on G+ – one where discussion can be elaborated on in a larger sphere than a string of just 140 words.
Darcy and I believe in #storycraft 100% and feel that this fresh change of direction or perhaps – a refocusing of intention would be a better way to describe it – will breathe new life into our little #storycraft community. We have some very cool things coming up for all of you and we can’t wait for you all to join us in the new #storycraft direction.
Make sure you sign up to this blog to keep up to date with all future chats and happenings.
In the meantime, though we will be hosting a monthly chat (the first Sunday of every month), feel free to continue to meet up in the twitter #storycraft chat. But if you want more in-depth conversation and discussion – Googly *I love this term Darcy* G+ is the place to join in.

Chat to you all on Sunday, August the 4th.
Until then as Darcy says Happy Writing…



11 comments on “#StoryCraft Goes Monthly, and Googly!”
  1. I’d love to be part of a G+ community for #Storycraft. My email address is anilaheartland@gmail.com.


    1. I will send an invitation your way as soon as we’ve got it up and running (which will be this week, after I’ve met my actual writing deadline lol)


  2. I’m sorry, but I disagree with this change. The great part about Twitter is that people must be concise and cannot ramble or lecture. I’ve seen far more good advice in an hour of storycraft than I’ve seen in many other places with longer “post as much as you like” responses.
    I’m sure you’ll work this out for your group, but I am not looking for another community and I don’t expect to be an active part of this one. I think you’ll probably have fun and do well, though. Not everyone is as busy with other writing-related stuff as I am. An hour chat each week was a wonderful way to discuss the odds and ends of writing. I own a huge site for writers where we post long stuff every day. It’s not the same and just not what I am looking for right now.
    Have fun, though! I’ll likely see you on your once a month visits.


    1. Thanks for your comments, Lazette, and for attending for so long – I was always aware that #storycraft was kind of a break from leading your community, and appreciated your input. I think that your idea to lead your own chat, especially if you link it in with your extensive community is a great idea. 🙂


  3. I agree, Twitter is getting less and less like a place where anyone can have a good discussion (insofar as 140 characters allowed that in the first place). I’m having to wade through more and more promo on my feed. It’s looking increasingly like a closed loop where everyone’s promoting their own and their network’s stuff, but nobody outside the loop is reading, much less buying as a result of reading.
    That said, I have not joined G+ and don’t plan to anytime soon, even for #Storycraft. But I’ll keep a lookout for you all here, on FB, and on Twitter. Good luck!


    1. Thanks, Siri 🙂 I totally understand not wanting to start an account just for #storycraft, don’t forget the chats will still be running, and first Sunday of every month is easy to remember! I think we see you more on Facebook, anyway, which is a much better place to get all the useful information we link, since it doesn’t get buried in spam.


  4. novak.leah@gmail.com says:

    THESE CHANGES ARE FANTASTIC!! Considering I’m about to become a mama, once a month is very doable for me. And I like the fact that you’re trying to minimize the authorpreneurs (and editorpreneurs). Please add me to the Google+ community. My email address is novak.leah@gmail.com I look forward to all the great discussions up and coming, and will still participate on the Twitter chats as I can. I’ve not been on the G+ community before, but may be switching over sometime in the future. I’m rather tired of being “friended” by authors who only want to be followed back, only to be dumped two days later because I don’t play that way…


    1. Yay! We’re excited, too. We will send you that invitation as soon as we can!


  5. I am glad that you are as excited about the refreshed #storycraft as we are Meredith! :)You will indeed be sent an invitation.
    Thanks for your continuing support.


  6. My initial reaction was “Bummer”. I liked the weekly chats and cut back my twitter involvement in others because #storycraft was most fun and impactful for me, despite all the mess cited above. I’ve not really taken to Google+ but count me in. This might be a way to pull me in there deeper. I’m KarlBimshas everywhere. Best of luck and keep writing!


    1. Hi Karl,I’m glad you’ll be keeping your positivity around! We’ll contact you as soon as the G+ group goes live, and we hope to still see you on Twitter once a month.
      – D.


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