Writing advice???

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Alonwi, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    My thread was closed so I opened another one here. I am trying to write a book but I'm afraid I don't have many people to ask for advice.
     
  2. Adina

    Adina <img src=http://www.thefantasyforum.com/images/nub

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    There's plenty of people to ask for advice, as well as online tips. I generally take my tips right from my fave Authors websites. You could try that. Otherwise, just post your questions as thouroughly as you can.
     
  3. Firiath

    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    I have the same problems, Alonwi. I'm only 16, so it might be a bit early for me to become an author, but I have so many ideas I try to write down in a story. I have no one I could ask for advice, but in one of Diana Gabaldon's books I read about her methods and what she had to do to complete her books.
    But Adina's ideas are surely better!
     
  4. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    What have you been writing, Firiath?
     
  5. Firiath

    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    I'm writing a Fantasy story that takes place in Vanwanóre, my country. :D
     
  6. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    What's it about?
     
  7. Firiath

    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    It's about my main RPG char Firiath (yes, that's me!) who is hunted by an unknown person and who gets rescued by two travellers, an elf and a man. She joins those travellers on their way to the south, where they want to rescue the elf's halfbrother who had been caught by slave-traders. Well, that's the main story, but a lot of things hinder them on their way. I have so many ideas... *sighs* ^^
     
  8. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    Mine centers on a young woman who must fulfill her destiny even though she barely knows who she is. She grows up small-town, and never believes she will leave. She learns quickly that she possesses powers that make others wish her dead, while she learns from others how to control it. She must use them to end corruption in her world that was fortold by the Mystics, ancient beings that once saved the world. I could go on forever, but that is the main plot.
     
  9. Valley_of_Avathar

    Valley_of_Avathar Attercop Attercop

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    who knows, you may have already written a best seller. Stick with it! And never stop writing!
     
  10. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    Thanks for input. Sorry I havn't replied, sometimes I can't get online very often. So, answer me this, Which do think is better: a lengthy, descriptive prologue that opens up the scene for the reader, or a fast-paced opening featuring characters that haven't been explained, but is gripping enough to keep reading?
     
  11. Raolain Darksbane

    Raolain Darksbane Only slightly insane.

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    I would say a faster, more interesting opening scene. If your book succeeds then you can write a sequal and you'll have enough of a base to build more of a plot and have lengthier prologues, but as this is your first try (I assume, correct me if I'm wrong) you need to hook the reader (In this case a person who works for a publishing company who probably spends 8 hours a day reading badly written material) quickly, or he'll put it down and not buy it or simply forget about it. Getting the person interested enough to turn the page is more important than explaining everything - in fact it's better not to explain everything, or there is no suspense. ;)

    That is my view on the subject anyway.
     
  12. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    This the opening for my book:



    She ran frantically through the damp corridor, her soft footsteps echoing behind her. Her anxious breath labored as her path twisted on and on. Her heart was heavy with a terrible secret. Sweat beaded on her brow. She craned her neck several times to look behind her. If anyone had found her listening… she blocked that thought from her mind. The passage seemed much longer this time. She tried to calm herself as she walked through the doorway she had used so many times before. The air inside was warm and fragrant, but it failed to change her mood. She ran and kneeled next to a high-backed chair in front of a roaring fire. Aged hands worked on the knitting in front of them. They now rested on the trembling hands of her faithful servant of many years.
    “My Grace, they’ve found her.” Now both pairs of hands trembled.

    What do you think?
     
  13. Liadan

    Liadan Insert Title Here

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    If you want, send me the first few pages and I can crit them. I'm only 15, so ignore my advice if you want.

    As Adina said, get tips from your favorite authors' websites. (I suggest that you check out this site:http://www.saradouglass.com.au/writepage.html) There's also plenty of writing forums out there who are willing to help you achieve your dream.

    Don't get discouraged, and no matter what, keep writing every day. It doesn't matter whether it's part of your novel or not. If you get stale, try another project, or if you're out of ideas, write about something that happened in your day.

    Something else that might be helpful is writing an outline. I've noticed that my own novel's going faster now that I've got an outline. Even if I can't work on it every day, thanks to homework, I know where I'm going and what I want to do with my story.

    Again, if you want me to check over your work, I can do that. I can give you a detailed crit for a few pages, and also a "general" one if you want to e-mail whatever you've got so far. My address is Druidfalconwolf@aol.com.
     
  14. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    THanks for the advice on my fav author's sites. I found some good stuff from interviews with different authors about writing.
     
  15. Dystopia Eternal

    Dystopia Eternal The Windbringer

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    my adivce? practice little stuff before you waste your heart and soul on something big.
     
  16. Liadan

    Liadan Insert Title Here

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    Another suggestion: visit this site: www.authorsbydesign.com If it doesn't work, tell me, because I typed it out of my head. It's a vast site devoted to aspiring writers (I'm around there as StormDragon.)
     
  17. Spiritdragon

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    Hi all aspiring writers

    I was in your shoes around 5yrs ago. I sat down one day and began to write a tale about Dragons, I knew it was going to be a revenge tale, and that it was almost one dragon's search for his Father...
    As I began, it quickly grew arms, legs and even wings. I introduced an evil race of aliens called the Annunaki...(based on very ancient Mesepotamian Legends) and the tale changed into a retelling of the creation myth, seen through the eyes of Snowthorn- Snowdragon...it still had the revenge ting going on but now it was the Earth Goddess Gaia, versus the Aliens...lol

    I spent a year writng the tale, which I loved and thought was brilliant, but when I sent it out to publishers, the reply was WE DONT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS...so I sent it to Agents...

    Well...agents want to see your writing CV!! and since this was my first shot at writing I had none lol
    CATCH22

    So...I paid 300quid for a professional Review...16pages!! And it transpired that I had tried to pack too much into one book!! So that book was shelved and I joined an online community on the BBC called GET WRITING....which no longer exists...sadly

    there is a really good community for writers

    www.writersdock.com

    Since then I have gone down the road to Self Publishing and POD
    I have written a completely new novel...taken all the previous crit...and written a killer book
    Changelings Book 1 Dragons & Demons

    it is available online and is starting to sell...one month in and I have sold 100books!!

    SO STICK AT IT!!!

    BELIEVE IN YOUR WORK...it should be pleasure to write...not a chore

    Write what you know! Enjoy reading your own stuff and get ANYONE to read it for you too,,,You will miss mistakes!!

    Cheers
     
  18. Spiritdragon

    Spiritdragon New Member

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    ps. if anyone wants a look at my First Book in Rough UNEDITED form
    Gaia's Sword
    Drop me an email
    and put Gaia in the title
    and I will attach you the MS in Word Doc files

    Cheers
     
  19. Alonwi

    Alonwi Dracovendi

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    Thanks for the input Spiritdragon, I be on the lookout for your book!
     
  20. Ringquelle

    Ringquelle Graveyard Faerie

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    I'm still in the designing-my-world-stadium...... well re-designing. I have a world, and started writting in it, but I wasn't satisfied with neither the story nor the world. So I am changing it now.

    The hardest thing for me is not to make it a Mary Sue. Or what's even harder:to turn my ideas into a piece of story.
     
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