That’s why on Saturdays, we at the Write Practice break some rules.
“Traffic is King,” is a rule that is dogmatic in its widespread acceptance around the blogosphere. If you are getting hundreds of thousands of hits every day, you’ve found success.
TheWritePractice.com is almost three weeks old, and week three has been a big one. More than 280 people visited for the first time. Visitors viewed 767 pages. That’s 465% growth over our first week. It’s pretty exciting.
Or is it?
In a world where pageviews rule, we’re well on our way to success. However, we don’t really care what the world thinks. We’re not that interested in getting lots and lots of views. No, instead, we want to build a community.
We have a dream of creating a community of writers all over the United States bent on helping each other improve their craft. We imagine a writer’s group getting together in Atlanta to practice once a week, a daily group in LA that works on each post before work, a crit group in the suburbs of Chicago who first met on the Write Practice.
That’s why on August 9th we’re having a Write Practice Feast in Gainesville, Georgia, about an hour outside of Atlanta. We’re going to eat good food, talk about writing, and do a practice or two. We’re really excited. If you’d like to come, send us an email and let us know.
The best way to get involved in this budding community is through the comments. That’s why we ask you to post your fifteen minute practice in the comment section. Practice is the lifeblood of our virtual community. We’d love for you to join us.
So today, instead of practicing something new. Go back to this weeks posts and practice on one you haven’t done before. Here are a few good ones:
Hemingway’s Brushstrokes The Practice: Describe the scene around you like Hemingway while he was imitating Cezanne.
Characterization is Worthless The Practice: put a generic character, he or she, through a painful and challenging event and see how it reveals their character.
Three Edits to Make When You Don’t Have Time to Edit The Practice: for ten minutes, free write about your day. Then see how long it takes you to go through our Rapid Edit Checklist. You probably can do it in less than five minutes.
Thanks for being part of our community!