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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Onie, Jan 22, 2010.

    Hey all,

    I'm just getting back into writing after years of dealing with RL and not really taking the time to write it down. Usually I wrote short prose, journal-entry type writing. I'd like to expand on that and learn how to create more depth into some of the pieces.

    I'm looking to gain some suggestions and ideas about how to expand a series of short inter-related pieces into a novel. The pieces revolve solely around dialogue between the two main characters.

    I am not sure if this type of writing would flow easily into becoming a novel, or if it would be better suited to something much shorter as in children/young adult literature.

    Any comments?
     
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    Welcome to the forums Onie:) Be sure to read the rules before posting any work;)
     
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    Welcome Onie, hope your time on WF is fun and productive.
     
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    Hello Onie, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    I think you might find it difficult to sell such a novel to a publisher unless all the stories come together with one unifying story. A previously published writer might be able to pull it off, but I doubt a new writer would be able to sell what your are considering.

    Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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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