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    Hello there!... I wonder if you can help me?!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by vickib010, Sep 16, 2012.

    Hello there! My name is Vicki and I am very happy to be here and cant wait to have a look around!

    I am currently a Special Needs teacher but always had a passion for literature. Reading and writing. However, I have a confidence issue that prevails me from actually getting started. I get as far as the storyline and I get nervous to start. IT's weird. I have all these stories and characters and words coming to me. I dream about scenarios and speech's and drama but never progress from there.

    I am thinking about taking an online course in creative writing to hopefully improve my confidence.. Does anyone have any suggestions about which course to enrol on and any experiences of courses? I would be very grateful for any help!

    I'm hoping to meet some interesting new people :)

    Vicki
     
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    i suggest you google for 'best online writing courses' and check out the ones most lists put at the top... the gotham writing workshops seem to be the most-recommended and do give good value for the fees, despite the fact they are fairly steep...
     
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    >I get as far as the storyline and I get nervous to start.

    What you aren't considering is that it's ok to write something that isn't perfect the first time. You aren't doing a live performance. You aren't going to get graded on your first draft unless you ask someone to grade it. Write however it comes out and then go back to see how you can improve it.

    There's a recent book of Hemingway's work that includes 39 drafts of an ending he kept in his files. Nobody gets it perfect the first try.
     
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    Hey! I am a college student studying medicine.. and I am right in your shoes (check out my first thread)
    Do you ever just day dream about scenarios, characters, storyline that seem very compelling however you never had the motivation to write? Yeah that's me as well!
    As a start I would start putting my ideas on paper immediately, walk a way from it, then come back to it and fine tune and edit your stories more.
    Eventually start writing out a storyline and put the pieces together. When you are done with the rough draft make sure you have someone read it for feedback.
    Best of luck, hope to read some of your work!
     
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    Thank you! I do put my ideas down on paper that I keep by my bed.. Its just the getting started on the story that I get nervous about but thankyou or your advice B93 your completly right. I am going to start writing and I hope to get enroled on a good course!

    Thanks again guys! :)
     
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    Don't worry, and don't get discouraged. Your first attempts probably won't live up to your expectations, but that's to be expected. It takes time and practice, but you will improve.

    Writing courses, online or live, vary considerably, depending not only on the school and the instructor, but also on the classmates you end up with. The interactions are that important. A good instructor can help keep things focused, but if the right chemistry isn't there, the class can be a complete waste of time. Or it can be amazing. There's just no way to tell in advance.

    Welcome to the site. Hopefully you can find what you need here.
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Vicki!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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