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  1. #1
    shannon duplesis
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    beginning writers

    I am a beginning writer who has no idea where to start. I have some ideas but don't know if they're any good. i need some advice for getting started. any help would be useful. thank you.



  2. #2
    Jim Wynne
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    beginning writers

    Shannon, everyone has to start somewhere. Writers.Net is lucky that you have chosen their site. I would be happy to help. Whatever questions you have probably have been asked by all of us. Jim Wynne

  3. #3
    James Macdonald
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    beginning writers

    Lessee -- advice. How about Heinlein's advice? ]1. You must write. ]2. You must finish what you start. ]3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial specification. ]4. You must put it on the market. ]5. You must keep it on the market until sold.

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    Shane Sutliff
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    beginning writers

    Shannon, Wonderful that you are seeking advice. That's one of the keys to getting started--a willingness to ask for help, and share what you learn with others. If you ever need to talk, or have questions, e-mail me: rsutliff@cswnet.com. Not making any promises--no one has all the answers...but I'll damn sure do my best!

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    Marva L. Dowdin
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    beginning writers

    Shannon, I know what you mean. However, I was the oppsite; that is I knew what I wanted to write, but the format had me puzzled. I found that you do need some quiet time and little or no interruptions. It helps to set a some time just for writing and nothing else. I did not have a computer at first. I had written my poems and short stories by long hand. I took my note pads with me everywhere I went. My two boys kept me busy with their sports and practices, that it was better for me that way. Of course, everyone is different. Then I finally got my computer and it was a lot easiler for me. I screwed up so much with that computer trying to figure it out, that I think I lost half my hair. But I didn't give up. My joy came when "my words" were finally on white paper, where someone else could read my words execpt me. Now, I don't mess up so much on my computer. So, girl! Get started and don't stop until you finish! (Smile) Marva

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    Shane Sutliff
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    beginning writers

    That is probably the biggest downfall for us all--time! Between work, making ends meet, functions with the kids, being married (my wife is the female version of Tim Allen, Marva--so I know where you're coming from!)--there's hardly any time left for the written word. However, you have to ultimately set aside time to WRITE. For me, when I get a story in my head, I let it simmer there until I can see pretty much the entire thing folded out almost like a movie. Then I sit down and furiously write--no one sees me for a few weeks (except to go to the drudgery of the office and getting the pay check) until it's finished. Usually, this works, and I can crank out out a novel like this in a couple of months. Then I have the down time dedicated to the editing until the next idea hits. Then I'm off again. Now, though, I've caught myself in a delimma--I've got two full novels going at the same time! Almost get my characters confused! Keep cranking at it. You'll get there eventually and when you've finished that first one--the feeling is absolutely wonderful!

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    Marva L.Dowdin
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    beginning writers

    Shannon, you can also e-mail me at mdowdin@citynet.net for any information that I can share with you. The thing is to make your writing fun and enjoyable. That is, once you have it down on paper, just seeing that much accomplished is a joy. (Smile) Marva

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    Marva L. Dowdin
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    beginning writers

    Shane, I had a dream one day. The next day I was writing poems at lightening speed. I called my mother. She thought they were funny, but she also thought I was crazy. From then on, in the middle of the night I often jumped up and wrote more poem titles. Sometimes, I was jumping up four or five times during the night. And writing poems by day or whatever. So I didn't get much sleep. But it was worth it. I now have 2,967 poem titles. Adding more everyday. You just have to stay at it. It will pay off one day. (Smile) Marva

  9. #9
    Marva L. Dowdin
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    beginning writers

    Sometimes an author may have to self-publish to get the eye of a large publishing house. It is expensive, but worth it. Marva

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    Marva L. Dowdin
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    beginning writers

    I have found another writer's web site. It is: Unpublished Works at http://www.unpublish.com Marva

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