Find out more about Wordsmith Studio’s Anniversary Festivities
Our writing group is celebrating our 3rd anniversary with activities throughout the month of April, including these weekly Blog Hops, Scavenger Hunts, livechats and other events.
What is a blog hop? Check out last week’s Blog Hop Kickoff Post for more complete explanation.
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Writers’ Homecoming: Blog Hop – Week #2
Last week, we announced that there will be a blog hop every week this month, in order to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Wordsmith Studio. (Here is link to that post — or look for it again, below, once you’ve read this week’s.) You might have noticed that the anniversary theme this year is “homecoming.”
What does homecoming mean?
- In the literal sense of the “homecoming” celebrations from high school, we posted a fun photo challenge last week to share pics from your homecoming dance. In that way, the topic is an opening to be silly. There’s a fun parallel between our creative work and the efforts for a homecoming dance — we take ourselves so seriously, getting ready for that formal event, yet can look back on it with both affection and a little self deprecation. Drafting writing is that same sort of ‘putting forth a best effort’ at the same time we can kindly look back and see ways the work fell short. Our writing continually grows. Each of us is further along in our writing life than we were when we started, and homecoming is a chance to reflect on that growth.
- Coming home is also a significant concept for writers as we are, so often, coming home in our efforts to capture perceptions of the world around us. We have members who are writing actual memoirs, and those whose fiction might bristle or sparkle with details from the past. We retrace lost histories in fiction, poetry and nonfiction. We invent new worlds informed by what has gone before. We make sense of home in ways it sometimes did not make sense at the time. We invent our own lives and stories, yet worry sometimes about the perceptions the people from our old lives might have of our work. So this month is a chance to reflect on how home has come into your work, or how the work returns you to home. In what ways does either truth affect you?
- That said, homecoming meant something slightly different as we chose it as topic for the anniversary. We are lucky to have a relatively large membership at Wordsmith Studio, yet the majority of our membership drifts in and out as writing projects or life demand full attention. Our anniversary is therefore a month when we call each other home — calling out to friends we see each week, as well as those whose work we want to catch up with. Each of us has at least a handful of Wordsmith members we have become close to, and it’s a chance to ask them to check in and chat a bit. Touch base with each other’s lives and reacquaint ourselves with each other’s talents, areas for support, current projects and goals. We’ve had book releases this year and new drafts; fledgling ideas and feedback from queries. And moves and babies and marriages and graduations… Homecoming is a great time to recharge.
So Here is This Week’s Prompt
Most of all, we want to hear from our members (or our members’ friends, or our readers, or those who’d like to become members), so you are not required to respond to the prompt. You have options:
- This week’s prompt: considering those 3 definitions of homecoming (or maybe your own definition), share with us your own homecoming post. In what ways do you return home in your work? In what ways does looking back on your writing life give that sense of having grown beyond a homecoming dance? For the world-building writers among us, in what ways do you still return home in building new worlds — how does memory inform you? For any of us, what about our past inspired us to write as we do today? Or how does writing take you back to places in memory, when you least expect it? Clearly, you are free to interpret the concept of homecoming in whatever way inspires you.
- Ah, so you didn’t join in last week’s hop? Then you get to choose whether to use today’s prompt or last week’s Q & A interview. (If you want to respond to both hops, then post last week’s as a link in the comments below that post.)
- Tsk, tsk. Nonconformist? Yeah, me too. Your post does not need to respond to either prompt — you are welcome to share your favorite post from your blog, from within the past month.
- Bonus points if you contact a Wordsmith friend and encourage them to join in. I know at least a dozen blogs I’d like to see updates from! Call a friend home for this hop.
Off you go… write your post. Then come back to share it using the Linky Tool below, no later than 4/20.
Need More Instructions on How a Blog Hop Works?
There is a “Linky Tool” below this paragraph which will begin to include a thumbnail for each member who is participating in the hop. The way you join in is: 1) write your post; 2) click the link in this post to get the linky tool code; 3) in editing mode on your post, select to view “text” (so you see html code instead of the “visual” view) and paste in the linky code, then save and publish your post; and finally 4) click the link here to join the hop. Once done, the list of participant thumbnails displays on each hop post, so that we all benefit from the continual traffic of visitors to the hop. Two notes: your thumbnail will display after administrator approval, and thumbnails sort randomly each time the page loads, so everyone benefits. And one rule: please share just one link per hop-week. Come back next week for another hop.
Need more explanation? Read last week’s kickoff post for more detailed instruction.
Wordsmith Studio will publicize the hop on Facebook, Twitter and other venues. All participants and friends are encouraged to share the link to the hop; to like, comment or share participant posts; to subscribe to each other’s feed, and otherwise make the most of this chance to connect/reconnect.
If you have suggestions for the next two hop topics, let us know!
Want to be festive? Grab a badge!
Wordsmith Studio is deep with talent, including Khara House who created this series of badges for our 3rd anniversary. Grab your favorite (right-clicking should give you an opportunity to “save”) and use it on your site or social media, as you see fit.
Join in More Hops This Month:
- Week 1: 4/8-4/12: Kickoff and Q & A – Tell Us About Your Current Writing
- Week 3: 4/29-5/4: Q & A – Challenges, Successes and the Tools, Strategies and Resources that Help Writers Succeed