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    Hello i'm writing a philosophy book

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by poc_book, Mar 1, 2010.

    Hello all,

    Im Andy, a PhD (Cardiophysiology) student from Manchester Uni. I have had an idea for a book for about 3 years and only recently in the last 2 weeks have had the time and actually confidence to start writing as a realistic prospect. It's not a novel. It's a philosophical book exploring evolution from a different context than has been written about before. May sound arrogant but i'm sure it is a good idea. I would really love to hear from anyone else who has written in a similar genre and what your plan was for writing, if any?

    I'm really struggling getting my ideas onto paper without making it sound like an essay. Am getting better though, slowly.

    Anyway enough talking about myself - cheers.
     
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    Hello Andy, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    If you're writing this as a novel, you'll need to define characters and a storyline, and plots to move your character along the storyline. I'm not sure how well that will meet the needs of presenting your philosophy of evolution, though, without it sounding preachy. Good luck with it.

    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.

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    Thanks for the response and the tips. No it isn't a novel but has a few relevant anecdotes. Looks like a good forum, cheers - will explore.
     
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    Welcome. :D
     
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    ave, andy!

    i'm a practicing philosopher [my 'day job'] with some pretty outré [only semi-frivolous] evolution theories of my own, that make up a significant part of my writings... i mentor aspiring writers 'on the side' [actually, all day, every day], so i'll be happy to give you a helping hand if and whenever you need it, on your path to book-parenthood... just drop me a line any time at all...

    meanwhile, enjoy the forums...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     

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