1. camphore

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    Need to do this, It is time

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by camphore, Jan 30, 2019.

    Hello, Everybody -- My name is Dave, and I'm a mid-50's man living in the Midwest, USA. I have reached the point where I have gained the life experiences needed to finish a novel started 35 years ago, or regret that I didn't do it until the end.

    The book was a suggestion by the professor of the Creative Writing course I took in college. She was curious as to why I was taking the course pass/fail, and surprised at my answer that it was a free elective as part of my engineering curriculum. She had assumed I was an English major and told me I was her best student. That was encouraging, but a career and life in general got in the way every time I got behind a keyboard. My situation has changed, and it is time.

    My story is a science fiction memoir about a Regular Joe recovering alcoholic who follows a beautiful girl, and suddenly finds himself by accident stuck in another world three billion years in the future. He faces several ordeals both good and bad, falls in love (of course), becomes a huge celebrity by "inventing" an everyday device humans take for granted, and becomes best friends with a genius inflicted with deadly disease treatable only by excessive consumption of alcohol. In the end he loses everything, including his mind, and is faced with a moral dilemma over if the result of his next action will be glorious or apocalyptic. All that time the book sat dormant seems to have been to my advantage. I am able to read it now and see that parts of it really, really suck, but others make my hairs stand up it is so good.

    I joined a couple writing forums a few years ago, but became discouraged because the mods and regulars were frankly a bunch of pompous a-holes; that was another excuse to put the book down. I stumbled across this forum searching for something totally unrelated, and was encouraged to join from the positive and constructive content here. Looking forward to learning and contributing where I can.
     
  2. Harmonices

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    Hi Dave, another newbie here. I really like this forum so far. The critique section is super useful and contributors speak sense. There's a neat journal section for encouraging personal accountability, or just updates on progress if you prefer. So you can think out loud and share stuff about how you're getting on with your project/s. Worth a look. Cheers.
     
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  3. Hammer

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    Hi Dave, and welcome from a frosty and foggy Southern UK

    I am in a similar position - started writing in my twenties and suddenly found I had a family to provide for, then a divorce to pay for, a life to rebuild... suddenly found that I was in my fifties - an age when lots of blokes seem to drop dead - and decided that if there was something I wanted to achieve, the time to achieve it is now! Nothing published (or queried or self published...) but a lot more experienced, more confident in my writing and happy with my lot.

    Your story sounds great; get involved in the forum - it is a great blend of serious writer-chat combined with a bit of humour and light-hearted postings - and learn how to clear up the bits that "suck" (c:
     
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  4. camphore

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    Hey Hammer, looks like we are doppelgangers. Thanks for the encouraging words, and good luck to you.
     
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    Welcome! Based on your other posts I came across, I would have bet that you were 30, tops. Lots of enthusiasm and energy.

    Enjoy the ride! Writing can be a lot of fun.
     
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    Welcome! :)
    Really like the idea of your story. Avoid the mistake I made and dive into the whole of the forum itself, before posting any excerpts. Just that alone will give you a different perspective on writing. The people and the experience in WF is invaluable!
     
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    Ha! Thank you, kind sir. You are only as old as you feel.
     
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  8. GrahamLewis

    GrahamLewis Let me chew on your criticism a bit. Contributor

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    There's no time like the present. In fact, there's no time but the present. I look forward to seeing some excerpts from your book in the forum. Put your hard-earned life wisdom to good use.

    BTW, I share your sense of delayed writing, except I have about a dozen more years on you. And three completed but unpublished and unshopped books (which could stand to be refined through this forum if I ever get around to it).

    Welcome.
     

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