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    Mandalore_15 commented on the group My first book.'s wall:
    Hi cdm, it's not worth feeling too scared about, just get your story the way you like it and what will be will be! Even if you didn't get a deal, it's better to have a story you can be proud of than something you wrote to get money. Besides, there's ...
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    cdm commented on the group My first book.'s wall:
    Hi everyone. I've been writing for years, which is all very well, except for my bad habit of not getting stories finished. Last Autumn, I decided if I started a story again, I would complete it... and that's exactly what I did on the 8th January ...
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    Weens commented on the group My first book.'s wall:
    Hi all, If you go to the Writers Workshop tab at the top (it is an editorial consultancy) they have a lot of free info on there re approaching agents, how to lay out your work, what you need to put in a covering letter, etc. You also have the option ...

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  • Mandalore_15
    by Mandalore_15 3 days ago

    Hi cdm, it's not worth feeling too scared about, just get your story the way you like it and what will be will be! Even if you didn't get a deal, it's better to have a story you can be proud of than something you wrote to get money. Besides, there's always the next one!

    Not implying you won't get a deal of course, I'm sure it's a great story. =)

  • cdm
    by cdm 3 days ago

    Hi everyone.

    I've been writing for years, which is all very well, except for my bad habit of not getting stories finished. Last Autumn, I decided if I started a story again, I would complete it... and that's exactly what I did on the 8th January (last Friday). I'm now letting the dust settle slightly, so I can go back to it and edit with fresh eyes. The thought of sending it off to a literary agent at some point terrifies me!

  • Weens
    by Weens 9 days ago

    Hi all, If you go to the Writers Workshop tab at the top (it is an editorial consultancy) they have a lot of free info on there re approaching agents, how to lay out your work, what you need to put in a covering letter, etc. You also have the option of them reading your work and producing a report, but for that they do charge. You can also post parts of your work on this site and get feedback. Post it in the critiques section under the forum tab at the top and then sitback and wait for feedback.

  • sevensins
    by sevensins 9 days ago

    Hey joe, thanks for the encouraging advice. I think some of my difficulties stem from the fact that i think my target audience will likely be fairly limited - my novel is about a North African gay boy sent to boarding school in England and the difficulties he faces in coming to terms with his sexuality and attempting to reconcile the conflict between his culture and desires. Not a very original theme but hopefully it's written well enough that it would grab someone's attention. Getting through it at the moment and hoping to complete within approximately six months - then we'll see what happens :)

  • imp
    by imp 9 days ago

    Hello all. A quick word or several to introduce myself. I'm new here and, I would say, an enthusiastic amateur at present. I'm struggling with my first novel and have some ideas for my second, but they need a lot of research. So, right now, I'm reading more than writing and taking a little time to improve some of my skills. At least, that is the plan!

  • Joe McKeown
    by Joe McKeown 10 days ago

    Hi sevensins :)
    I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way about their work, especially me, haha! Anyway, to sort out your anxieties, all you need to do is find somebody from your target audience, not necessarily a friend or someone with motive to be biased, but let them read your work and if they dont like it, ask for some advice :D
    Joe

  • sevensins
    by sevensins 10 days ago

    Hello everyone, I've joined this group a few days ago but haven't introduced myself - lazy, shy or nothing to say? I'm around three-quarters of the way through my first book and really enjoying it - get stuck sometimes but then manage to get going again. I'm starting to think of approaching agents etc but not sure where to start, although i found this website to be really really helpful. Hope to get some inspiration and ideas from this group / site - looking to meet like-minded people who understand what it's like to be writing something, haven't told anyone about what i'm doing but i get the feeling that those who don't do it regard it as a hobby and something that one would do to waste time. Also, does anyone really enjoy writing but just think that it would be impossible to ever get published because of the poor quality of one's work?

    Look forward to meeting some interesting people.

  • davies
    by davies 22 days ago

    Hi. I've just joined this group so I thought I'd say hi! I'm just about to start my first book, which is a fantasy/fairytale book for teens and children, but I hope that it can be enjoyed on a higher level for older teens and adults. Anyway, this group seems like a great place to start.

  • ProjectAlice
    by ProjectAlice 1 month ago

    Yeah. You should either take a break (which I hate doing) or make a giant flow diagram and put all your ideas on it.

    What I do, which may only work for me, is to cut out the bit where you think you start to waffle and then paste and save it into another document. Then you can start writing from that point onwards with a new idea

    Good luck x

  • Aitch
    by Aitch 1 month ago

    Have a problem all. I feel I have lost my way and am waffling. Any tips? xx