Writers’ Homecoming: Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop – Week #4

Welcome — if you have been following Wordsmith Studio’s month of festivities to celebrate our writing group’s 3rd anniversary, then you know that this is the 4th week of our Writers’ Homecoming Blog Hop. That means this actually the LAST hop for the anniversary… although our members and readers have appreciated the blog hops enough that it looks like this may become a regular feature for Wordsmith.

11020367_10100112321703754_1552678728_nFirst: if you want to find out more about Wordsmith Studio’s Anniversary Festivities

Our writing group celebrated our 3rd anniversary with activities throughout the month of April, including weekly Blog Hops, Scavenger Hunts, livechats and other events. Wow, that sounds great. But what happens, now that April’s done?

The anniversary is just the way we recharge each year. In fact, we have weekly events and support among our writers every week of the year, including ongoing conversation on Facebook, interaction between each other’s blogs and social media, our much loved weekly Twitter chats (#wschat) and more.

Want to find out more about Wordsmith Studio activities?

Wordsmith Studio on Facebook

#wschat on Twitter

Now, on to the hop!

Writers’ Homecoming Blog Hop – Week 4

So far this month we have reconnected with each other by sharing posts about our current work, our inspiration, our goals and tools that help us reach those goals.

As the last hop for the official anniversary, these are your options:

  1. If this will be your first time jumping into the blog hop, then use the interview questions in Blog hop 1 to bring everyone up to speed on what you have been working on.
  2. Some of our members are memoirists or are otherwise inspired by “home” or roots. If you feel like writing about how heritage, history, home, ancestry or homeland inspire you, then you might respond to the “homecoming” prompt in Blog hop 2.
  3. We were excited to see the rich and diverse posts about process and writing tools that members shared last week. If you did not yet respond to that — or if you have more to say about it! — check out the interview questions about challenges, successes and tools for success in Blog hop 3.
  4. Or… here is a new prompt for this week…

This Week’s Prompt: Wordsmith Writers Read

One thing many of our members share in common is a love of reading. Throughout our three years, one of the topics that most frequently arises is the question, What are you reading?

Among our members, we have had librarians, teachers, a bookseller, book reviewers, editors and simply avid readers. Our members have shared favorite titles for fiction, poetry, memoir, history, mystery, thrillers, young adult, children’s, picture books, travel guides, cook books… and advice books on writing, editing, parenting and more.

Our members have shared single reviews of a favorite book, or combined reviews of a favorite series or genre, or even pictures of just how happy they are with particular shelf arrangements. A little book love is easily shown in just how prominently books take over your home!

As flowers come into bloom and temperatures rise, it’s easy for this week’s blog hop to suggest you post your “summer reading list.”

But our group’s interests mean participating hops are likely to encompass more than books.

Considering the deep talent in our group, it’s also not surprising that our members also share favorites in other forms: art work, photography, gardening, nature, farming, culinary arts, humor, social concerns, family, architecture, interior design… and several forms of music including classical and jazz. We welcome posts about the ways these arts inspire you this week — whether a gallery show you appreciated, or the playlist for your current work, or an artist you admire, or your own coming show.

Whether text or art, share your answer to what are you ‘reading’ now.

Want Structure? Use This Q & A

For those who like being interviewed, here are some questions to spur your thinking, or create a framework for your post. This is optional, and use whichever questions fit for you. Wherever it says “reading,” “book,” etc., interpret this to be whatever genre or art form you are writing about.

1) What are you reading? Share the one book you are about to read or list all the books on your current must read list. Share a picture of the books on your bedside table, or the best books you’d recommend on a particular theme or genre.

2) What was your favorite read in the last year (or month, or…)?

3) Do you have a favorite genre? We all tend to have little corners of expertise in our reading practices — are there great titles you recommend in a particular genre? (Is the genre you write the same as the genre you prefer to read? If not, how do the two interrelate — do they contradict or complement each other, or are they a bit of a break from each other?)

4) Do you also have an alternate genre? Are you a poet who reads poetry, but also loves a good mystery, or a journalist inspired by poetry, or an adult novelist with a love of young adult sci fi…? Share a little from your “outlier” list — how this other genre inspires you, and maybe a favorite title or two.

5) Bend one step further: are there alternative forms of writing or art that you have found inspiring or even dabbled in? Lately, we’ve had literary writers who also write comics, we’ve had poets become filmmakers, actors become novelists, novelists try acting… If you haven’t already answered this in #4, what other forms of writing, performance or art have you tried, or do you find help inspire your creativity?

6) Back to your main inspiration: Do you have “mentor” titles for the writing you are working on? A “mentor text” is a book or group of books that serve as examples of the kind of book (poem, painting, song…) you are trying to write, or just serve as inspiration. What titles do you keep at hand as inspiration for what you are trying to write? What particular theme, voice, structure or other aspect draws you to these titles?

7) If you didn’t already do this for #5, what music inspires your writing? Have you tried to create a playlist for your work, or are there certain kinds of music you listen to (or avoid) while working? Does your main character have a favorite song, or do they have a musical talent? Share a link to your playlist or channel if that works for you.

8) Have you ever thought of this: what book is your main character reading? Is your main character a reader? Would they read novels or the daily paper? Do books or magazines or newspapers turn up in the settings of your scenes? What books would your character remember from school, or list as most inspiring? What would be on their nightstand or must-read list?

9) Do you have a favorite book, article or magazine for writing advice? Following on last week’s prompt on “process,” do you have a favorite book you would recommend of advice for writers? Or, is there one you have included in your to-be-read pile? Is there one you are reading or using with your critique group? If you have a favorite, why? How has it helped you grow in your writing craft?

As you can see, you have lots of options for this week’s hop. Remember that the main goal of the anniversary celebrations was to be able to catch up with our members, so do let us know how things are going for you. Share goals, if that fits for you, and let us know the kinds of growth and support you hope for in the coming year. And, where possible, share resources that have worked for you (or ask for help with resources) as we all learn from each other.

Instructions for how-to-hop are below. We look forward to having you join in. Remember to read and comment on each others’ posts — and watch for announcements of more blog hops in the coming year.

So, How Does This Blog Hop Work?

First, using any of the prompt ideas, go off and write your post. (You do not have to write a new post for this. If you recently wrote something that fits the theme, share that — “recently” means written within the past 30 days.)

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 is: 1) click the link below to get the linky tool code; 2) 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 3) 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 and a rule: Your thumbnail will display after administrator approval. Thumbnails sort randomly each time the page loads, so everyone benefits. Please share just one link per hop-week-post.

The blog hops will remain open through May 31st.

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 on and share participant posts; to subscribe to each other’s feed, and otherwise make the most of this chance to connect/reconnect.

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.







Happy Creating!

Wordsmith Studio


4 comments for “Writers’ Homecoming: Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop – Week #4

  1. Jane Ann McLachlan
    May 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Hi guys,
    Is it too late to post mine?
    Also, does anyone have a favourite book on writing or a favourite blog of writing that they follow?

  2. elissa field
    May 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    You’re right on time, Jane Ann! Do post yours.

    I’ve shared 2 favorite writing books: anything by Donald Maass (Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction) or Ann Hood (Creating Character Emotions).

    • Jane Ann McLachlan
      May 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, I’ve got Donald Maas. I’ll add Ann Hood.

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