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Posted 2/10/18 , edited 2/11/18
I'm glad this thread is here . . . it might help me work through a mental block.

I haven't published anything yet outside of the odd poem in the school newspaper. That was ages ago. Aside from the difficulty of having a frail human body that requires sleep, I don't have any excuses for my unfinished work. I need to stop being afraid of what comes out of my head and just write.

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Posted 2/15/18 , edited 2/15/18
To Charlotte, and all the aspiring writers out there, the 2-Bru Krew wants to give y'all encouragement and props, and tell y'all to KEEP WRITING! Don't stop. Don't question the quality or validity of your work. Just write. And don't be afraid to submit your work in to have others read or review it. Be glad to have others read it. If they don't like it, have 'em tell you why. Then judge for yourself if you agree. But don't let it deter you from writing. Remember, everybody has their own opinion. And just because one or 50 "so-called critics" didn't like your work, doesn't mean you're no good. When Joan Jett first hit the scene, recording studios and record labels told her she couldn't sing, and whole lot of other discriminatory b.s. But she didn't let it get her down. She kept fighting for her dream and became a legend. She didn't change her voice, she didn't do anything different. She could always sing great. It's just that the first 50 record labels didn't want to spend money on anything but disco, and thus, they didn't want to hear a ground-breaking inde punk rocker like her. It's the same with all of y'alls writing. Sure, there's always room for improvement, but don't let these stepping stones to improvement deter you from your passion in writing. Write for yourself. Please yourself. You ain't gotta please nobody else. And then, if you're satisfied, and you submit your work to a "critic" and they don't like your work, y'all know where they can go. But never lose your passion for writing.

That's the truth. And like we always say, we don’t claim to be the best Manga Artists out there. We don't claim to be the best writers. We don't claim to be the best at anything. We just tell the truth. That’s what the 2-Bru Krew DO, y'all.. Keep writing and keep reading. And most of all, enjoy it!
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Posted 2/24/18 , edited 2/24/18
Hello, I appreciate what you're doing. It's pretty cool that you have taken the time to make a page where people can post there creative writing to help them out of their shell.

I myself suffer this myself. I'm kinda embarrassed by what I write and what I can do. I'm also not very good at writing but I do the best that I can. My wife always helps me from time to time and review my written part of my stories. I created a patreon page and my content is free to view and donations are asked but not required. So far a few family members view the site but no one has really criticised yet on my work. I'm a full-time worker and just became a dad so I'm doing the best I can getting content Released.

Feel free to check out my page and let me know what you guys think.
https://www.patreon.com/MichaelAtelier
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Posted 3/11/18 , edited 3/11/18
The biggest threat to a writer is their own mind. We can be very introverted and critical, which closes many off out of fear. We have to accept constructive criticism, and willing to share our craft. So.

MARCH EVENT

As we enter a new year and the peace of spring, I think everyone interested should write a short story, and post it on March 31st. Then in April we'll take the time to review each other's work. This is the first step to building a reliable community of peers.

I've been contemplating the next step, a direction for our Room, and this feels like a necessary path to build trust and open up dialogue.
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Posted 3/22/18 , edited 3/22/18
Ooh, nice! I love a good workshop. I've gotten a piece done and is in editing stages atm, but that'll be my submission for my short story class. If I were to submit a story here, what world count limit would it be, what preference for file format would you want/how to share it, could it be part of a longer work, could it be a work that's been finished within the past year, etc? And for responses, would a letter format be desirable, go full on beta reader with mechanical edit suggestions and such, and what time frame would you expect these back by?

The reason why I'm asking is because workshops need structure, and I have big school stuff due in April.
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Posted 3/24/18 , edited 3/24/18
I'm glad to see something like this thread pop up.

I'm hoping to make a career out of writing and currently working on a fantasy novel. Its not done yet, the ending and climax of the novel have not been written yet. I'm curious as to how to go about the next step of submitting it to publishers. I tried looking it up for information, but for the most part I couldn't find any answers.

I've only written and illustrated a short comic for a local anthology in college but nothing more. I have never posted anything online (or even know where to post online).

I don't know if I'm any good and have been writing for ten years, I just enjoy it. Just like all of you fine folks!
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Posted 3/24/18 , edited 3/24/18
Alright, as far as writing concentrated things, I typically go over to absolutewrite.com and poke at their forums since they're writing concentrated. As for submitting to publishers, if you want to publish with any of the big 5 and several of the middle sized presses, you will need an agent. I'd start by checking for agents in the genre you want to publish in after you have gone back several times to edit and polish the work first. You'll have to write a query letter to them, and be prepared for the reply to be slow. If you get rejected (which is the norm) then move onto the next one. If you get an R&R, get on that asap so that they can make a decision. If you get offered representation, have a lawyer friend that knows publishing contract law help you look through it before signing.

There are a few middle and smaller presses that will take unagented works, but they'll be about as slow on a decision. Make sure you look through the contract carefully with said lawyer friend if you are offered a contract, as there are predatory publishers out there and a lot of fly by nights. If they want you to pay anything, that's a big red flag of a vanity publisher and they aren't interested in getting your work out to the public, just scamming you out of money.

There's a lot more on Absolute Write, including people willing to help you workshop your piece once you've hit 50 posts, but be sure to share alike and help out others too. Just be constructive in the criticism, so that it will help the author in revisions.
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Posted 4/4/18 , edited 4/4/18
did you ever review any scripts i have mine
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Posted 5/15/18 , edited 5/15/18
This is a really amazing thread and I'm glad that I found it! So many of you are reaching out there and doing your best with your work even if you're experiencing some bumps along the way! The best thing you can do is just continue to press on and ignore any voices in your head trying to discourage you. I'd also HIGHLY advise against reading most story writing advice things found on websites during your story writing process as it can be incredibly intimidating and it has the potential to absolutely devastate your confidence.

For most of my life I've been a fairly confident writer. I say "confident" only in the respect of loving to write stories and having my friends excited to read them which made me feel good. Unfortunately I got too concerned with political agendas and whether or not what I was writing would get yelled at and somewhere along the way I just became afraid of writing freely. It's still a challenge to try and keep at it when most of my ideas are entirely fantasy and adventure-filled and I'm feeling a bit pressured into writing something more dramatic, political, and tragic. None of that is my style though, so another bit of advice I'd have for writers out there is to trust yourself. Seriously.

This year I finally finished a longer story (27,000 words or so, so it's not terribly long) doing a writing challenge along with my friend. There was a deadline and a daily word count goal to meet plus some unintentional rivalry going on with another buddy in our group. I found that back in school I wrote best when I was under the pressure of not having a good deal of time to write so whatever time that I did have I used to write and to fill my mind with fun, imaginative stuff that fueled more ideas. I really recommend finding what works best for you guys in terms of writing. Setting goals and announcing it to people can help put just the right kind of pressure on you to meet your goals!

Anime and manga has definitely helped to broaden my interests and make me believe that all things are possible in the world of imagination. I wish you all the very best in your writing adventures!
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