| Our bure for the night in Navala |
I'm back from my 6-week holiday in Fiji. It was awesome. More on that later...
I don't often do a post completely devoted to the lovely group of writers, RomanticFridayWriters, but this week we're doing a promo, hoping to get more writers involved. For those of you who don't know who we are, we are a group of 50+ members, prose writers and poets, who write to fortnightly/bi-monthly challenges.Considering it is an ongoing blogfest we feel we do well to average about 15 postings each prompt, but of course we'd like to see more.
The aim of RomanticFridayWriters is to provide a safe, supportive writing environment to practise our writing and to receive as much feedback or critique as we desire. Often published author members find an excerpt from their current WIP that fits the prompt and use it as an opportunity to gauge reader's likes and dislikes regarding their current story.
|Francine created this postcard for RFW feedback requests|
In between prompts, we host Guest Authors who inspire us in our craft. Currently we are hosting RFW members who are regaling us with their authorial successes - Madeleine Maddocks, Kiru Taye and Joy Campbell. Go here to read their stories.
Our prompts are very wide ranging with the hosts taking turns in dreaming up challenges. We are not all hearts, flowers, chocolates and hotness, we are writers who are all about telling the story. There is often only a small romantic element in our stories and more often than not, no HEA, but that is entirely up to the individual writer.
Overall, we have serious fun!
Each Wednesday after the previous Friday challenge, there is a Wrap Up Post, where each entry receives a short critique. Writers return for the lively discussion. See an example here...
Challenges are always posted ahead so writers can think about the upcoming challenges. There is a Challenges Page at RomanticFridayWriters website which offers further guidelines and suggestions for each prompt, but only two at a time so we don't get confused.
For special challenges which often offer a 600 word limit, and occasionally a 1,000 word limit, we offer a prize for Featured Writer and Runner Up. The prize is a badge to post on the winner's blog which is an accolade to the writer for work well done. We don't write for specific prizes other than the praise of our fellow writers.
So this Friday's prompt is The Romantic Picnic. It is Donna Hole's prompt, and I quote her from our Challenges Page:
The "Romantic Picnic."
- Who initiates the picnic; is this a first date or dedication to the continuing relationship?
- Is there an agenda to the picnic: marriage proposal, pregnancy announcement, promotion or new job assignment?
- is the picnic all about the continuing romantic relationship: one lover affirming their devotion to the other, or a mutually shared, opportune moment of togetherness?
***Any genre, any POV; just remember to include a romantic element and a picnic, in 400 words or less.***
This should be fun!
I hope you can join us. A Linky goes up at RFW on Thursday morning AEST. Read the Submission process, then fire away! We'd love you to join us - prose or poetry...Any questions, ask me in the comments...
UPCOMING RFW CHALLENGES:
Challenge #43 - Aug 24 - The Romantic Picnic
Challenge #44 - Sept 7 - I Should Have Kissed You FW/RunnerUpChallenge #45 - Sept 21 -Oh How I Hate My Beautiful Friend
Challenge #46 - Oct 5 - Birthday Madness
Challenge #47 - Oct 19 - Halloween – House of Horrors. FW/RunnerUp