1. gadabout

    gadabout New Member

    Jun 5, 2013
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    My introduction

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gadabout, Jun 5, 2013.

    Hi to you all
    I have become a member as I am wanting to seek information on writing about my travels. I have had several people (mostly friends) who say I should write about my experiences as during my two stays overseas I wrote a blog everyday and my friends said they loved ready about my daily experiences.My issue is I don't know if my experiences are of interest enough to create a book as this is an expensive experience of which my finances are limited! I also dont believe my writing is good enough to be able to put it into a book form. However I do know you can have a ghost writer write for you but once again it's the expense.
    Is there anyone that you can contact who can advise on whether my experiences are of interest and worth writing about?

    I would appreciate some help in this regard.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hiya Gaddy, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    The subject matter doesn't - matter. How good a raconteur you are is the key.

    All the traveling means nothing if you cant tell about it in an interesting way.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Prompts, or the Writing Workshop, 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 site rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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!
  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    i mentor all breeds of writers and have been a globetrotter for many decades, so you can email me and i'll be glad to give you feedback on whether you have marketable tales to tell and if you can write them well enough to get paid for your writings...

    as for ghostwriting, though i've done some, you have to realize that it would cost you many times more than you can get paid for the articles, to have someone else write them for you... i may be able to help you learn how to do it on your own...

    love and hugs, maia
  4. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi there and welcome!

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