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Post Reply If someone told you that they wanted to write a novel, what advice would you give that person?
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PencilPoosh wrote:

Don't Listen to anybody.
Most people don't know shit


So go with what you feel is right?
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Let other people read your work and make them critique it. Unfortunately, I struggle to take my own advice here...
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Let other people read your work and make them critique it. Unfortunately, I struggle to take my own advice here...


I don't have anyone like that.
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I don't have anyone like that.


I'll read your stuff haha
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Ive tried to write a book before, was the most amazing thing I've ever wrote. Just be true to yourself, make sure everything is original and have fun with it. Make it mysterious and weird!
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First of all, use proper grammar, if you really want to get published. Actually, heck, use proper grammar when you're writing fanfiction, because I'm pretty sure no one wants to read fanfictions with crappy grammar.

Well...

At least I don't.

Also, one thing my English teacher taught me, was "show, don't tell" which basically means instead of blandly telling them what happened in little detail, show what happened. Like instead of saying "I was very nervous that day" say "All of a sudden, I felt weak, and thoughts of fear raced through my head."

Also, you need to know how to use character development. Let your character change over the story, especially depending on what happens.

And another thing you need to do is remember (unless your character's lives revolve entirely around the main plotline, which they probably don't) that these characters all have lives, familes, hobbies, and interests as their own.

So basically, as hard as it may sound, try to make your character seem like a real person.

Yeah, sorry for ranting, I just really like writing for some reason.
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sundin13 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
I don't have anyone like that.


I'll read your stuff haha


Cool.
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QuietlyLoud wrote:

First of all, use proper grammar, if you really want to get published. Actually, heck, use proper grammar when you're writing fanfiction, because I'm pretty sure no one wants to read fanfictions with crappy grammar.

Well...

At least I don't.

Also, one thing my English teacher taught me, was "show, don't tell" which basically means instead of blandly telling them what happened in little detail, show what happened. Like instead of saying "I was very nervous that day" say "All of a sudden, I felt weak, and thoughts of fear raced through my head."

Also, you need to know how to use character development. Let your character change over the story, especially depending on what happens.

And another thing you need to do is remember (unless your character's lives revolve entirely around the main plotline, which they probably don't) that these characters all have lives, familes, hobbies, and interests as their own.

So basically, as hard as it may sound, try to make your character seem like a real person.

Yeah, sorry for ranting, I just really like writing for some reason.


This is pretty good advice.
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Ill tell em just write what chu feel in your heart bruh and write da story you really want to tell straight up
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Save yourself the trouble and don't
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No one else posted it, so:

Join scribophile.com


Great writing community. Some don't know their ass from their elbow, but a lot are really helpful. Try to get into a critique trading group, too. Helps get more crits.
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SockmyRock wrote:

Save yourself the trouble and don't


That's good advice.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


SockmyRock wrote:

Save yourself the trouble and don't


That's good advice.


I've watch a person close to me stress out way too much trying to write a novel. He still hasn't given up on it and I'm supporting him all the way but it seems like more trouble than it's worth. If one is super dedicated and can motivate themselves to get to working on it then I say go for it and write your novel! On the other hand if you can't muster that motivation to work day in and day out on that project of yours then I wish you the best of luck cause you're gonna need it
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Oh okay. I thought you were being mean but I guess I was wrong.
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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
In all likelihood, the first novel or two will be failures. Writing novels is very different from writing short stories and essays and poems. Your first few attempts at each of these forms will be subpar. This is not unusual when you think about how you perform on your other firsts as you attempt to learn other new skills. You always suck in the beginning. As my writing professor said: "Everyone's got practice novels."

It doesn't mean you're a terrible writer and you should give up. It means you need to get those first attempts out of the way as soon as you can, so you can hone your skills and develop your own voice.
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