Prompt Chat with Carol J. Baldridge

Prompt Chat – Famous First Lines

TypewriterCarol Baldridge (CB) is Moderating a Prompt Chat on Sunday, August 20th at The Writer’s Chatroom.

Join us at The Writer’s Chatroom for our Prompt Chat, everyone is welcome to contribute with or without a Prompt Entry.

To Participate

Bring your chosen prompt of 150 words or less to the chatroom. We will share them one at a time.  It is easy to copy and paste into the text box during chat.

There are many famous first sentences of well-read novels.

Choose at least one of these famous first sentences as your own first sentence.

  • I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster. (Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle)


  • I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. (Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle)


  • For a long time, I went to bed early. (Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way)


  • It was love at first sight. (Joseph Heller, Catch-22)

We Have A Forum

Feel like talking to other writers/readers between chats? Need a place where you can go ask a question when you think of it, instead of waiting for a Wednesday night? Now you have it! The Writer’s Chatroom now has a Discussion Board. Post a question or add your two cents to an existing discussion.

If you cannot make it to chat you will find an opportunity to post your entries for the Prompt Chat within the Forum Boards.

Go to the “Prompt Chats” board on the Forum, click the heading “Prompt Chat, 08/20/17,” go to “Create Thread” at the top right corner, then write or copy/paste into the text box that first sentence you chose plus no more than 150 words of your own. Click “Create Thread” at the far bottom right.


The Writer’s Chat Room Wants to Know

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Please take a moment to participate in our survey of Writers. You don’t even have to leave the site.  Writers are curious people.  Put a bunch of us together and you know sooner or later the is going to be a survey.

Why not, now?

10 Ways to Build an Audience – A Topic Chat

10 Ways to Build an Audience for Your Books Online

Wednesday’s Topic Chat

audience Join us tonight at The Writer’s Chatroom for a Topic Chat about Building Your Audience.

8PM ET – 10PM ET

We will go through the ten ways to build an audience.  We can never assume if we write it they will read.

We’ll use this post to guide us through a discussion.  I’m listing the last item here.  Visit the Site to see the rest. 


Marketing is all about repeat exposure. Build your brand by getting known for your expertise. Participate in all of the above suggestions and more. Contact the media, go out and speak, write articles for trade publications and find new ways to reach your target audience.

Watch for Friday’s Post about our Upcoming Prompt Chat on Sunday.

Best Times to Post on Social Media

I ran across this information on the best times to post on Social Media.

It may be worthy of printing and posting in your favorite writing nook or wherever you are when you post.  Maybe, your car, don’t post while driving.

The Text Below Links to the Article

Bookmark this post as a go-to set of guidelines, and refer to it next time you need to find the optimal posting times for your business.


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Best Times to Post on Social Media


Writer’s Chatroom Sunday Chat – Writerly Hygiene

Writer’s Chatroom Sunday Chat – Writerly Hygiene

5 Healthy Writing Habits All Aspiring Writers Should Practice

Sunday August 13 7PM ET

Writer’s Chatroom Sunday Chat – Writerly Hygiene

Hand Wash SignWriters aren’t exactly known as the paragons of physical and mental health. Almost prerequisites for the craft, depression and alcoholism have haunted so many eminent writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and Sylvia Plath. Although living a stable, healthy lifestyle might be alien to many successful authors, healthy writing habits are not.

Yes, writing is a creative process, but it is also work that demands discipline and routine. As Hemingway said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” Here are five habits that behoove any aspiring writer to follow.

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Wednesday Open Chat with BL Hamilton

Bonnie Le Hamilton is Moderating an Open Chat on Wednesday.

Help Orb ButtonHaving problems with your current writing project?

Sagging Middle?

Uncooperative Characters?

Questions about Marketing?

Come to our open chat.  You can ask any writing related question on your mind.

Don’t be shy about sharing our website with your friends on social media.  We treat our visitors kindly. In other words, we don’t bite, but we dangle participles.


Welcome to the New Forum

Welcome to The Writer’s Chatroom Forum

Writers Helping Writers through Education, Support and Encouragement

Diverse MeetingCan’t make chat? Made it to chat but you thought of something after the chat you’d like to share? Do you want to hook up with another writer or a group to talk shop, exchange critiques or find a beta reader?

There is a Forum for that and you are one click away from being there. Go on over. Choose a Thread or make your own.

CB is the Moderator over at The Writer’s Chatroom Forum so if you see her in chat give her a big round of applause.

The Writer’s Chatroom Forum

Sunday Topic Chat with Bonnie Le Hamilton

girl walking a tightropeJoin us in the Chatroom on Sunday 7PM ET

Bonnie is moderating the second part of her topic from July 2nd.

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

Everybody who has ever felt the need to write knows the silent hour. I have come across many such people – and indeed many such hours – during my writing and teaching life. I’ve been teaching now for the best part of 20 years. That’s a lot of chalk and a lot of red pencil. I haven’t loved every minute of it, but I’ve loved most. There’s been a National Book award for one student. A Booker prize for another. Guggenheims. Pushcarts. Mentorships. Friendships. But let’s be honest, there has been burnout too. There’s been weeping and gnashing of teeth. There have been walkouts. Collapses. Regret.

Join Bonnie in a writerly discussion.  We can’t wait to share with you.

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