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Old 09-28-2005, 10:43 AM
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Help w Book writing process..

I am currently writing a book and would love any feedback on the process of writing a short novel, esp character development, plot etc. I feel like a I have really good story line and plot I am just wanting to make sure that I keep the reader interested along the way.
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:56 AM
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I self-published a short-fiction fanzine for a few years, so I have some experience with editing. The best advice I can give you is to make sure your characterizations and the events of the plot are finely-drawn. The easiest way to involve the reader with the world you've created is to make sure these points in particular ring true. Even in Tolkien-esque high fantasy works, it's important to create characters the reader can easily relate to. I'm not one of those people who put down everything that isn't totally original, but it is important to make sure you are saying something new or taking a familiar plot in a different direction.

Another thing that is worth mentioning: if you're working in genre fiction, you should know that the small-press world is fiercely competitive. It is hard to get your work published, even in the smallest zine. Whatever you do, you have to make sure that you are writing every single sentence at your full capacity. It's not easy, but don't give up. Keep writing, polish your skills, finish what you start, and send those manuscripts around! Best of luck to you.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:08 AM
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A humble advice: While writing, your motivation should not be "creating something different" but "creating something good". If you have a special talent or a different perspection, it will already be reflected on your works in time. Good luck :)
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:38 PM
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Thanks yall,

I appreciate all of your feedback, the good thing is that I do not have any aspirations or intentions of publishing my writings. I just want to do it more for me if you know what I mean. I know it kind of sounds lame but its the truth. Not that I would not take that opportunity if it popped up buuuuuuuuuuut..
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:21 PM
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You could try joining a local writing group, where you could share your work with other budding writers. I'm sure most towns have them...
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