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    Been writing since 12

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Oktoebur, Dec 15, 2009.

    I've been writing since I was 12. Mostly short stories. Nothing I've wanted to publish. When I was 17, I decided I wanted to publish a book. Every time I start, I end up babbling about unrelated topics. Does any one got suggestions to keep on topic with a story and be able to write over 200 pages at the same time? My strategy was always starting from the beginning and letting it flow out. Maybe I have got to find a different strategy to writing a book. Any help?
     
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    Hello and welcome to our forum!

    I would not be too keen on slapping my Email address at the end of my post. It looks like you:
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    2) It looks like you do not intend to return here, so why would anyone want to bother posting a reply (we are a community, not a mailing list)
    3) SPAMbots scan for email addresses and then sell your address. Its a great way to get spammed to death.
     
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    Now I know.
     
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    Organise the story into a sequence of scenes/events that need to take place. Some use outlines; others have it all mapped out in their minds. Whatever works for you. Start at the beginning. When writing a scene, whether it's the first, second or tenth, stick to information that is immediately relevant and essential for the reader to know. Just write the barebones story.

    A rigid structure like that should help get things moving.
     
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    And knowing is half the battle. :D
     
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    Hello Oktoebur, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own writing for comment should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     

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