On 1 June 2010 the Allrighters set out to write 1,000,000 words for publishing from 2014 in books of about 60,000 words each. They are also writing 200,000 words of short stories. The whole project is their Dragoness. The 920,000 draft word mark was passed on the 4 October 2013 so the Dragoness has reached her late teens with the usual problems of this age. Editing and re- structuring of all these draft words is in progress.
Ywnwab! Autumn Story-book is the Allrighters’ first book made up of 30 poems and short stories by ten authors. The title Ywnwab! came about in July 2010 when a long standing friend responded to news of the intention to write books with a challenge, “You will never write a book!” This then became the greatest spur to do so. The acronym – Ywnwab! pronounced Win - wab has been used as there could not really be another title for the book after accepting the challenge.
The opening part of Ywnwab! sets out the reasons for the book and the origin of the Allrighters. In the second and third parts the thirty contributions cover a wide variety of subjects based on fact and fiction with an icing of fantasy. Five guest writers describe how they started to write followed by a story or extract from their books. Another five stories are extracts from the proposed long books while others cover travel, interesting visits to gardens and buildings, observations on life, amusing stories about day to day events and writing.
Writers who are about to publish or who have already published are invited to contribute short stories to future similar books. For further details and to follow progress in the mammoth writing task the Allrighters have set themselves see their web site.
Ywnwab! is available from York Publishing Services Bookshop online - as preferred supplier of hard copy and epub
Dream 2010 to Ywnwab! in 2013
Or the end of the beginning of our writing in ten shades of colour - a Ten Act story about some writing experiences from start to publishing and going on sale.
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Alexander Kreator aka Douglas