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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jaddess, Oct 20, 2010.

    Earlier this year, while laid up with a broken foot, I pulled out my laptop and started writing. For personal reasons I wanted to write a love/spiritual search story about two Jewish teens in NYC. I started writing...and writing..and writing. Seven months later I had a novel of 170,000 words. I've let a couple of non-professionals read parts of it with positive feedback and now my English major-teacher sister-in-law has agreed to copy edit. If I ever get a book deal I will owe her big time!

    So now I am trying to figure out how to clean it up and potentially market it.

    In any event I found the process of writing a novel cathartic and enlightening...I would be out running or walking and have dialogue running through my head...it was cool...and at the same time annoying, if you know what I mean. At times I felt like I was living through my characters

    I dont have any special writing credentials or skills....just decided to write a book...and now thinking about writing another!

    Thanks

    Jeff
     
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    Welcome, and well done on writing a novel. :)
     
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    Hello Jeff, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Congratz Jeff, and welcome!
     
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    Welcome to WF. Congrats on your 1st novel, and good luck on your 2nd.
     

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