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Community Blog Closed Down for Groups.io

Thank you for your support of the Sisters in Crime Community Blog. We have discontinued it in favor of going to groups.io. A member benefit of being part of National Sisters in Crime as well as part of Sisters in Crime/LA is being eligible to join our group based community at groups.io. There, you can discuss various topics of interest and respond to the threads posted by other members. If you are not already a member, here’s how to join. If you’re currently a member, join us at groups.io at our website: https://sistersincrimela.com/online-forum-group/

March 2020 Topic – Writing Prompts

Welcome to the March 2020 monthly topic for SinCLA/Blog. If you’re new here, or want to find out what upcoming topics will be, be sure to check out our Getting Started post. If you want to know how to suggest future topics, please see our Suggesting Future Topics post.

For the March 2020 topic, we’re discussing Writing Prompts. What writing prompts work for you? Share your thoughts! Comment away below, and feel free to respond to the comments of others.

February 2020 Topic – How Do Romantic Suspense, Mystery and Crime Writing Intersect?

Welcome to the February 2020 monthly topic for SinCLA/Blog. If you’re new here, or want to find out what upcoming topics will be, be sure to check out our Getting Started post. If you want to know how to suggest future topics, please see our Suggesting Future Topics post.

For the February 2020 topic, we’re discussing How Do Romantic Suspense, Mystery and Crime Writing Intersect? Maybe you think they do, or perhaps not at all. Share your thoughts! Comment away below, and feel free to respond to the comments of others.

January 2020 Topic – TV and Movies… Storytelling Done Right, Or Not?

Welcome to the January 2020 monthly topic for SinCLA/Blog. If you’re new here, or want to find out what upcoming topics will be, be sure to check out our Getting Started post.

For the January 2020 topic, we’re discussing TV and Movies… Storytelling Done Right, Or Not?  This could involve books adapted for the big, small, or mobile screen, or maybe something you saw in those formats you think really should have been done in print instead. Maybe there’s something you think ONLY works better told in a TV or movie format. Share your thoughts! Comment away below, and feel free to respond to the comments of others.

December 2019 Topic – Writing Workshops: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Welcome to the December 2019 monthly topic for SinCLA/Blog. If you’re new here, or want to find out what upcoming topics will be, be sure to check out our Getting Started post.

For our December 2019 topic, we’re discussing Writing Workshops: What Works and What Doesn’t?  Share your thoughts on what has worked best for you from workshops, and what could be improved. What types of writing workshops would you like to see that haven’t been available to you locally? Comment away below, and feel free to respond to the comments of others.

November 2019 Topic – Plotter or Pantser?

Welcome to the November 2019 monhtly topic for SinCLA/Blog. If you’re new here, or want to find out what upcoming topics will be, be sure to check out our Getting Started post.

For the November 2019 monthly topic, we looked for something both universal and that also tied in to supporting our authors who are participating in National Novel Writing Month, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. It’s the kind of event that makes it a struggle for those who are used to being heavy plotters, but also may make a pantser lose focus under pressure.

So, this month’s question is:

Plotter versus Pantser: How do you tackle a first draft?

Comment and chat about it here!

Getting Started

SinC/LA Blog is a space where the sisters & misters of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles discuss topics that grow our career as mystery writers. We would love it if you would help us get started!

First, go to the ABOUT page and get yourself a WordPress username. Follow the instructions there to participate.

Second, pick one or two or three items on the poll below to help choose our DECEMBER discussion topic. In NOVEMBER, our discussion will tie in with National Novel Writing Month, which the Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter is going to support this year.

Third, add a comment. Tell us what you’re reading right now.

Lastly, and totally optional, members are encouraged to write up a bio and photo for Meet Your Fellow Sisters & Misters. Submitted bios for this section will be posted once your membership status is verified. Chapter members are also encouraged to send in recommendations for our Sisters & Misters Recommend area.

That’s it!  Welcome!

THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED IN OUR POLL!

The results were very close, with a tie for second place. The two topics that tied for second place will become the topics for January and March of 2020, with a previously decided topic for February. So over the next couple months, watch for these discussions:

DECEMBER 2019 – Writing Workshops: What Works and What Doesn’t?
JANUARY 2020 – TV and Movies – Storytelling Done Right… or Not?
FEBRUARY 2020 – How Do Romantic Suspense, Mystery and Crime Writing Intersect?
MARCH 2020 – Writing Prompts… What Do You Find Works Best?

There will be a new survey in February to find our your top three picks for the upcoming months. Thanks for participating!