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Maggie R

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I'm looking forward to learning a lot here, and perhaps contributing a little! I'm working on the third draft of my historical novel, based on the lives of some of my Scottish ancestors, back in the seventeenth century. Having returned to the UK from France last year, C19 has stymied a lot of our plans, but has given me the opportunity - and time! - to devote more energy to writing. I briefly dropped in here a few weeks back, then took a break, but return with renewed determination.
All the best to you all!
 
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Welcome to the Colony @Maggie R and hope you enjoy it here. I'm sure you'll find Litopia a very welcoming environment.

There are several Litopians currently writing Historical Fiction. It seems to be very popular genre with readers too.

There's plenty to do and we have lots of people happy to give and receive advice on works in progress. You'll get the most from the Colony with a two-way exchange and you'll be pleasantly surprised how beneficial offering critiques on the works of others is for your own work.

Litopia is a friendly and supportive community and best thing to do is dive right in. You'll find a very helpful intro here How to guide which will point you in the right direction, and the Writing Workshops Directory WWD is a great place to road test your opening pages, chapters, blurbs & synopses etc.

If there's anything you're unsure about or need help with please drop me a message and I'll be happy to help.
 
Hi Maggie

Welcome to the Colony! Glad you have found us. Any questions about the site, please message me. I'm one of the Guardians and always happy to help.

Do check out the Colony Notices to familiarize yourself with how the site works – The Prime Directive is the foundation of our ethos. For literary chat and general socializing, head over to Café Life.

So get stuck in. You'll see that the more you put in, the more you get out.

Great to have you on board.
 
Welcome to the Colony @Maggie R and hope you enjoy it here. I'm sure you'll find Litopia a very welcoming environment.

There are several Litopians currently writing Historical Fiction. It seems to be very popular genre with readers too.

There's plenty to do and we have lots of people happy to give and receive advice on works in progress. You'll get the most from the Colony with a two-way exchange and you'll be pleasantly surprised how beneficial offering critiques on the works of others is for your own work.

Litopia is a friendly and supportive community and best thing to do is dive right in. You'll find a very helpful intro here How to guide which will point you in the right direction, and the Writing Workshops Directory WWD is a great place to road test your opening pages, chapters, blurbs & synopses etc.

If there's anything you're unsure about or need help with please drop me a message and I'll be happy to help.
Thanks for your welcome, Jonny. I'm looking forward to getting more involved.
 
Hi Maggie

Welcome to the Colony! Glad you have found us. Any questions about the site, please message me. I'm one of the Guardians and always happy to help.

Do check out the Colony Notices to familiarize yourself with how the site works – The Prime Directive is the foundation of our ethos. For literary chat and general socializing, head over to Café Life.

So get stuck in. You'll see that the more you put in, the more you get out.

Great to have you on board.
Thanks for your welcome, Barbara. Lots of useful info here, and it's good to know there are people to reach out to.
 
Hello and Welcome (again :) ) Maggie! I think I remember your book. I didn't get the chance to critique it (blooming work) but look forward to seeing it whenever you're ready.

reading and critiquing other works is for me one of the best ways to learn. At first, knowing nothing, I was reluctant to do so until someone pointed out that as a reader I was as qualified as anyone to say what I thought. Diving straight in is a great idea
I completely agree with Steve – do dive in and start critiquing others' work too. It's amazing how much we learn just by reading other people's writing. As Steve says, as readers, we're all qualified to say what works for us and what doesn't. Look forward to seeing more of you around the Colony.
 
Welcome to the Colony! A period piece based on ancestral records sounds absolutely fascinating! I look forward to a chance to see it!
 
Welcome to the Colony! A period piece based on ancestral records sounds absolutely fascinating! I look forward to a chance to see it!
Thanks for your welcome, Lex. I've posted my first chapter in the Writing Workshops forum, so please do take a look. Maggie.
 
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