Thursday, August 4, 2011

Google+ and Writer’s Write Ins


So you've heard me raving on Facebook about Google+, and hangouts, and how awesome it is, but have the slightest clue what it is? Well, Google+ plus is the next step in social networks. It's so new, it's still in beta. So, how do you get in? You have to get an invite from a member. Yes, it still has a few bugs, and crashes, but that's beta for you!

Google has always been a writer's best friend, helping us research topics, places, and anything else we need for our writing, and now they have made it even more fun to be a writer.

Yesterday, the TPR Crew gathered on Google+ for our first official writing hangout. Hangouts are when we all join a webcam chat. How can this help a writer? Well, it's a lot harder to procrastinate when other writers are working… and watching.

We started out with greetings and chat for a few moments until Tina cracked her whip and sent us all into typing frenzy. Having eight other people right there working alongside me really motivated me. I didn't want to get up and move around because I knew it would be a distraction to everyone else. Of course, there is that law that states if you are writing and actually accomplishing something in your work, there will be distractions. For me it was my husband and kids. So I would take care of their need as quickly as possible, and slip back in my seat as quietly as possible.

After writing, we chatted some more. What did you work on? How did your scene go? After chat, we all agreed to another write in.

Yep! Write ins are so much fun and so productive.

I have been thinking of hosting Write Ins with Pomodoro. How many words can we plug in before the timer? Would anyone be interested in joining me?

I think online crit-groups are going to get a lot of use out of Google+ too.

How can you see Google+ being used in the writing community?

** If you are interested in starting a hangout for Pomodoro Writing, e-mail me or comment below so we can set something up. If you don't have Google+ and want an invite, send me an e-mail.

Ta!

A.McBay

4 comments:

  1. It was so cool! Do you think Pomodoro timing would be better? I think I would like to try that next time. It might be nicer to have more chats but shorter ones. It was fantastic to see your face when we wrote, A!

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  2. The great thing about Pomodoro timing is that you can adjust it to fit your needs. I like the 25 min though and just jot down my word count on my score sheet I made so that I can keep track of if I'm doing better or worse. After 25 I take a five min break, then jump back in. Lol, I noticed we all make faces as we write. I could tell the type of scene you were writing by your expressions! It was so fun!

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  3. I do think google+ is awesome. I haven't used the hangout yet, but what a fun way to get your writing in!

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  4. I can't wait to get an invite and be able to join Google+. I think it's going to become a wonderful tool for the writing community!

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