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    Mentors

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ZoeyGirl, May 2, 2016.

    Was wondering if anyone has taken the time to find a mentor either for their writing or publishing hopes. If you have, how did you go about getting one? How helpful has it been to you?

    I don't have one and don't know where to begin. And college won't help - I have been out of college for some years now and no longer have any ties to a college or any professors.

    Thank you in advance!
     
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    DeadMoon The light side of the dark side Contributor

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    If I were to look for a mentor I would look for a local writer in my own town.
     
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    But it's not something that you have or feel would help?
     
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    DeadMoon The light side of the dark side Contributor

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    If I was younger I would be on the look out, but time right now is not on my side. If you can find a willing mentor then I say go go it. Get what you can out of their experience and knowledge and if you feel it's not the right fit then just thank them and walk away.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Most of my favorite authors, actually this time, all of my favorite authors have passed. I like to go through what letters they wrote, or quotes they have on writing to get inspired. Sometimes when i want to execute a certain style of writing, I'll do what Thompson did, and just type the scene from another author over and over to try and get into their mindset. Putting together a small writing group to grow with is a really good way to improve and brainstorm if a local author isn't available as well.
     
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    I actually need a mentor myself, been searching for one for three years!
     
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    I would like to have one too.
     
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    It could be good to have a friendly experienced writer to help your writing along . Realistically , it probably will not happen unless you attend a writing course of some kind. You can find some online . It is not a good time to look for something you can visit in person . To be honest , I believe most good writers have the ability to teach themselves how to develop their skills . There is a massive amount of resources out there in books and the internet.
     
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    I had two mentors early on in my writing/publishing days.

    One was an author who posted her original fiction online before becoming published herself - I was a big fan of her work and we just organically grew a mentor/mentee/friendship. Same with @BayView, a successful published writer in my genre who used to engage here on a regular basis. I learned so much from the two of them, more than I can ever explain.

    I think for me the key was that I didn't set out looking for a mentor, it's just something that happened as a result of us hanging out online and shooting the sh*t in DMs about our work and experiences. There wasn't any expectation on my part going into the relationship that they would be putting forth significant efforts to help me be a better writer, it was an unexpected gift that I'll always be grateful for.
     
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