A World of Readers

There are so many stories, novels, blogs, and books to read online that it has become difficult to decide on what to buy.

This site strives to provide a great opportunity to read what is outside of the regularly available commercial market. You will find many works that are unique in their own entertaining way. Some are free, while others have a small price tag attached. All will be of quality. All will entertain or inform you.

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Lots to READ

This is a great place to come and read many works from many different writers. We have a large range of genres including, thriller, fantasy, drama, historical, adventure, realism, children’s stories, young adult, experimental, poetry, scripts, travel, sport, memoir, biography, romance, and more yet to come.

 

Each individual author's page has been designed to reflect their written work in a unique way that represents their writing style, genre, and personality. On all pages you will have the opportunity to read or download samples of the author's work, read about their progress, and contact them if you have any questions. An author's accomplishments and their creative lives can often be as interesting as their written work. It is a way to become fully immersed within an author's work and life.

 

Each author will also be offering some works free, while others will have attached a small cost. These costs will be set at the lowest possible price so that you can enjoy your reading time without affecting your budget.

 

If you also want to become a writer, then reading other writer's works is the best way to start. Have a look around and discover what it is you like.

Our Writers Index

Would you like to join us as a writer as well?

You are about to enter the extraordinary lives of our world writers. These authors have developed many interesting and in depth writing styles that have progressed to the publishing stage.

 

Writing Contests

Join in and write.
Support the World Writers Collective so they can publish you.

$100 cash prize, plus your story at the top of the website with the other top 5 winners. And a big chance of winning because this is a new competition with very few entries :)

Also, let other writers help you with editing.
You can do this by editing your story as much as you can, then putting it in Dropbox so others can check it over for you.


For instructions go to our competitions page:

worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitons    

Benefits of becoming a member WRITER

1) Your own page on this website.

See the Jane Doe Sample Page and the John Doe Sample Page.


2) Your achievements announced on our webpage.


3) Your book launch announced on our webpage and emailed to all our subscribers.


4) Your chance to have your best writing piece at the top of our main page to draw in hundreds of readers.


5) A valuable network of writers that help each other edit, write, throw ideas around, and discuss writing techniques, as well as publishing techniques.

6) Free entry into writing competitions.


What are you waiting for? This is it!

A world of writers have come together to create the Writers Collective. It is here that everyone can become fully immersed within a writer’s work and learn all about your developing career. This is your first step to becoming a paid writer. No, you are not a sell-out. Instead, you will be recognised for the work you already do.

 

However, it is not an easy road and requires lots of time and even more patience. But this is what appeals to literary agents, publishers, and editors: being ready to pitch a finished written piece that already has a readership base.

 

For now, offering up free samples as well as free full-length stories (if you wish to), is the way you are going to build up a large readership.

All writing welcome. Novels, poetry, non-fiction, scripts, everything.

To help with the running of this website there is a small cost of $20 for an entire year (free for 2017). At present, this will not need to rise. However, it is best to call this the introductory amount while author numbers are building.

 

As well as notifications on this website regarding everyone's work, such as book launches, being a winner or runner-up for writing competitions, being published (traditional and self-published), and other successes, you will also have your own page to post up work, add links to your blog, links to your website, links to where you are selling your books online and hard-copy, and much more. For only $20, it is a good deal.

Even if you have other creative things you want to show off or sell, you are welcome to list these as well. Maybe you paint, maybe you have an EBAY store, or maybe you host roll playing games. Feel free to list these as well!

 

Check out the website and the author pages that are already populated and see what you think. If you like what you see, then please get in touch.

World Writers Collective webpage contributors:
 
Associates of World Writers Collective:
The Melbourne Writers Social Group

The Melbourne Writers Social Group is an ever-expanding group of creatives based in the heart of the city of Melbourne run by Mat Clarke. With over 4,000 members, we are a diverse hotpot of bubbling talent involved in a wide variety of enjoyable events.

 

Our collaborative group helps to inspire all levels of writers. New writers, intermediate writers, as well as our experienced writers with many titles under their name.

 

These events embrace everyone. The many variants of writers' genres, the many creative talents our members enjoy, and the regular people who would just like to get together and share experiences.

 

Our aim is to cultivate a group where we can meet often and with an openness that creates an atmosphere of cooperation that will lead each person to their individual goal. Which could be to become published. Or to get that book out of your head on to paper that you have always wanted to write. It may be that you have been writing alone for so long that you need other people around you so that you know you are not alone. Whatever the reason, you and all people are welcome to attend.

 

As well as our regular meets where we chat and read out our work, we run writing games, which is lots of fun and can get you out of your writer's-block rut. We run writing time where people get together and just write. Being around other writers while writing is an amazing experience.

 

Our supportive and fun events have been designed to run during the week as well as weekends so that everyone can make it regardless of their busy schedule. Come along and talk to other writers, or listen to our writers as they read out their work.

 

If you are not able to attend our events, there are many great resources that can be accessed through our Facebook & Meetup links.

www.meetup.com/The-Melbourne-Writers-Group

www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

 
Associates of World Writers Collective:
The Story Mint

The Story Mint is a community of writers who work together to encourage and give each other constructive feedback. Its goal is to create excellent writers using a combination of automated and personalised tools. The unique Stylefit tool (previously stylecheck) guides writers to find the perfect pitched voice for the audience. Writers can experiment writing different genres with the serials. Writers also learn other key writing skills such as maintaining tense, writing believable dialogue and much more.

There are many other services. For example, writers can store or publish their writing on the Writers' Pad.

The company is in Rotorua, New Zealand. Private investors breathed life into The Story Mint and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment invested in the development of Stylefit.

Click here to see information about our team

Stylefit is an innovative online tool that enables writers to be the best they can be.

Stylefit makes English writing simple and understandable in a safe and secure environment.

Stylefit is used by managers, CEOs, communicators, professionals, students and publishers across business, education and the community.

Click here for more information

www.thestorymint.com

www.facebook.com/TheStoryMint

 
Editing

Editing will often not be a friend to the creative side of your brain. The creative side may have helped you write the raw first draft and allowed you to spread your wordful wings into the experimental side of writing. But now it is time for your logical mind to rein everything back in for a critical assessment and to make your work publishable.

Learn The Basics

The first thing you need to do is learn the rules of writing. The best way to do this is to read all the books you can on writing and editing. It will often take years of reading, writing, editing your own work, then other people's work, and discussing these things with other writers to truly become great at editing. And just when you thought you knew it all, along will come someone that knows more than you and you will realise how much you do not know. So, keep reading, keep writing, and keep editing.

 

You will often be tempted to break the rules regarding your writing. And that is fine if you do not want to have your work published. In fact, I would encourage you to write how ever you want and often, just for fun. Then, when you are ready to get published, then go back to sticking to the rules. It will increase your odds of getting published.

 

So, you still do not want to stick to the rules? Or is it too hard? I remember wondering why editors would want to change my work, and decided they were idiots for not realising my work was unique and did not need to be changed so drastically. They were always telling me that I needed to make my masterpiece into something it was not, and I never wanted to do that. Writing is a creative past-time, and I should be able to write how ever I want!

 

I was wrong. If you want to be published, do not break the rules. Once you have learnt all the rules and received your writing back from an editor with no red marks, then you can start thinking about breaking one or two rules. But only then, and only if you really really have to get your scene to work correctly.

 

Here are some common errors with writing:

 

Over writing: Writing more than is required to get your point across: The dog wandered past the trashcan sniffing and smelt a delightful left over sandwich while wagging its tail because it was happy.

"because it was happy" is not required. The reader will already know this. Plus the sentence is too long anyway.

 

Telling instead of showing, or as I like to put it, expressing: Regardless of how you put it, it is better if you let the description of a room or person be a part of the story.

Rather than: In the room was a chair and a table.

Write: I often sat in my old wooden chair that creaked and rocked while tapping away on the chestnut table to...

 

Sometimes "was" can make the sentence sound like it happened earlier rather than right now.

"He looked to be in his fifties and was sporting a goatee that was graying around the chin" becomes:

"He looked to be in his fifties and sported a goatee graying around the chin"

 

Passive writing is mostly putting the subject after the object. It takes a while to learn, but is great once you know what the difference is.

Active: John loves May.

Passive: May is loved by John.

In passive voice, the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position.

 

Using other words instead of "said" as a speaker attribute: Only "said" should ever be used. Please do not break this rule.

 

Adding words to tell us how a person is feeling: "No way," John said, emphatically. Please do not add these additional words. These are rules that should never be broken. Instead, you need to change your sentence so it shows us how the person is feeling when they talk.

 

"ly" adverbs. Either use them not at all, or sparingly. A few every 5,000 words if it is the only way the sentence works properly.

 

Using words in a story that you would say in real life, which should not be used within a story: This is for non-dialogue within a story.

 

Using dialogue that is simple, but not too simple, easy, but not too easy, and only rarely using, "umm" and "err". Instead we should see that a person is nervous in your description.

 

Having dialogue on the same line as regular story telling is fine. However, do not mix two actions by two different people. Or dialogue from two different people.

"I'm hungry." John opened the fridge and found a pizza slice, which he popped into his mouth. "Yum, you want some?"

Julie shook her head. "You're a pig. I'm going home."

The above is fine.

"I'm hungry." John opened the fridge and found a pizza slice, which he popped into his mouth. "Yum, you want some?" Julie shook her head.

 "You're a pig. I'm going home."

The above is not fine. Julie is doing an action within John's dialogue.

 

Not a good idea: Changing POV (point of view) to another person within a short story (depends on the size of the story and how you do it), or in any story in a jarring way, or without leaving a space to show you are changing POV.

 

The below is fine, but often the reader will know that the person is already looking at the person he is talking to. So is not required. Or, more information would be better.

He looked at her face.

Maybe instead: He stared into her eyes. Or, He scanned her face for a reaction, then looked back to his notes.

 

More will be added as time goes along.

Let Us Help You Edit

You can do this by editing your story as much as you can, then putting it in this folder so others can check it over for you: 

www.dropbox.com/editing

"Ongoing Editing for Publishing 2017"

Quick video on how to use DropBox: https://youtu.be/GAls7FbvcYw

 

My email if you need more info: matclarke.author@gmail.com

Before you drop your file in the folder, please name it with the title only without your name so it is anonymous:
Example: My Big Day

When you edit someone' work, please do not alter the original. Make a copy and alter that. Then when you edit it put your initials at the end.
Example: My Big Day - edited by HL
Edit as many people's work as you can.

You can edit using MSWords functionality, dropboxes functionality, or by just typing in the duplicate document as you see fit. Just make sure you make note of all corrections so that the author of the story knows what you are changing and why.

Questions?

Contact us

 
Helping each other check over and edit our writing:

Do you need someone to read over your work?

Have you exhausted all friends and family and you now don't think they will be able to give you an objective view?

Would you like a point of view from someone from the other side of the world?

Is your dialogue working?

Is your first sentence going to catch people's attention quickly enough?

Is the ending great?

Is the sentence structure ok?

Why not drop your story inside here and have someone read your work!

It's FREE!

dropbox.com/2017-read-me

Read the READ ME file to find out more :)

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