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    First novel finished. Would like feedback.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Zetra7, Mar 10, 2010.

    Hi,

    I just finished writing my first novel in english. Being French i know that there will be some gramatical errors or possibly some turn of phrase that would need reworking. I will welcome any feedback, however mean it may seem, as long as it is contructive.

    Watch this space... The novel is called Nude.

    Zetra7.

    P.S. I've starte writing the sequel.
     
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    Hello Zetra, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give constructive critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    In any case, posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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.

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    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.

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    bienvenue aux forums, zed!

    if you need any tranlation help, please feel free to email me any time, since je parle/ecrit un peu de francais and i help writers in all parts of the world, to many of whom english is a secondary tongue...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    If you are looking for feedback on plot and character development I can certainly help, but unfortunately I don't think my schedule will allow me enough time to correct grammar and spelling of an entire book. I typically go through 1-3 novels a week so I can likely finish pretty quickly.
     
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    Greetings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    paradox...

    i wasn't asking for help, i was offering it...

    hugs, maia
     
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    Make sure work is copyright protected!....don't just give it out.
    Someone will windup stealing your work!!
     
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    One more time: A piece of writing is protected by copyright law as soon as the author has completed a draft in a durable medium. Registration is NOT required until and unless you are taking an infringement case to court. Registration IS a prerequisite for filing a court action, but you can register your copyright immediately prior to filing a court complaint. You do not need to register copyright when the first draft is completed, and in fact there are good reasons for NOT doing so, apart from wasting money on a registration fee.

    Please read about copyright law before you give advice about it.
     

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