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    Hi there- opinions needed!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by k9ruby, Dec 12, 2009.

    Hi there,

    I am new, my name is Ruby and I am 18. I have come here for a bit of advice. I am currently a uni student, and I have never written any type of book before.

    Don't laugh, but..need some opinions...

    The last few months of uni have been great, made some new friends, get along with people where I live, finding lectures interesting, feel that I have made the best decision etc

    And it has got me thinking. I have had such a great time, lots of funny/hilarious/slightly embarressing/scary things have happened, and I thought, why not put this into a book? Why not? Is there a market for a fictional book on university life? I mean, its been done to an extent with a vet (james herriot), people at school/sixthform etc, on TV (think inbetweeners) so why not uni?

    I am currently only fantasizing and have a word document with all my ideas in when they come to me. Would you be interested? Would people read it? Or am I being a mad deluded soul?

    What do you think of this, and how do I go about doing it?!

    Thanks, sensible answers only please.
     
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    Hi Ruby, welcome to the forums.

    For the idea you have had, I think it's cool. I would love to read something like that.

    This is all you will get from anyone, I'm sure Cogito will tell you, posting a story will get you three different replies. I like it. I don't like it. I think it's a rip off.

    It's not the concept that matters, it is the way you write it that counts.

    Fantasy Girl xx
     
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    Hey, Ruby :) To be honest, I wouldn't be interested unless there was something unique you had to tell me, or if you were a hilarious writer and could detail your experience in a very entertaining, addicting (to read) manner--think chick-lit. Last year I read One L by Scott Turow because I'm interested in maybe doing law school later. What made that book unique is that it's Harvard Law School, one of the best in the country. So you've got to have some special angle or thing you bring to a book like you're talking about. Good luck.
     
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    Hello Ruby, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    There have been novels written along those lines, but beware of telling anecdotes about real people and incidents, even if you change the names and other details. You could find yourself sued in civil court.

    Posting your own writing for comment 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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    hello and welcome to the forums! On your question, i am not sure, but i have acutally thought about doing the same thing, though, not with my university life since i dont have one, but just because i also have so many stories....good luck finding what your looking for! :]
     
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    welcome to the WF.

    I would be interested in your story if, like FG said, it had a certain funny style to it (think Chelsea Handler's style).
     
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    welcome, ruby!

    as noted above, it's been done, can be done again, but marina's and cog's advice is valid and should be taken seriously...

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    hey! Welcome to the site! I wont repeat what everyone said (but it's all good advice), my advice though is, if you want to write. Write, and if your passionate about writing a story about a kid in college, then start with that. The ideas can always be changed and altered, as you grow, it will grow.
     
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    A warm Hello....
     
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    Don't enrol in law school if you are in any way creative. They try to destroy your soul. Working for a law firm is even worse.
     
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    [Off-topic (sorry Ruby)...There are ways to practice law that serve people in a just way instead of primarily serving big business or greedy attorneys. Immigration law is one example.]
     

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