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Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 9th, 2012, 3:31 pm
by dios4vida
Welcome, SteevO! Getting into your first novel is really terrifying but there's nothing like that feeling. Don't be afraid to drop in and post any questions you have on the forums, we're all really nice, I promise!!

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 9th, 2012, 11:22 pm
by SteevO
Thanks Brenda :)

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 10th, 2012, 10:48 am
by Sommer Leigh
Welcome SteevO! Come join in the discussion! We'd love to hear how your journey is going.

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 10th, 2012, 6:56 pm
by MattLarkin
SteevO wrote:Hello everybody. I'm SteevO, and I've just discovered this great website. I'm from the east coast of Canada, in my mid- 30's, and just getting into writing. I'm just starting my outline for a mystery novel. Ttrying to absorb as many tools as I can, and am extremely overwhelmed but excited to get into it.
Cheers,
SteevO
Hi Steve, welcome to the forums!

If you're looking for tools, a few of us have some favored books on writing. Donald Maass has some great ones, and Self Editing for Fiction Writers is a classic. Let us know if we can do anything else to help.

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 11th, 2012, 10:43 pm
by Briana
Hi everyone! After reading as many of Nathan's blog posts as possible over the last couple days, I've decided to go ahead and jump into the forums. My name is Briana and I'm a Texas native in my mid-20s trying to balance life as a wife and mom with the urge to write. :)

Hope you're all doing well!

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 12th, 2012, 4:06 pm
by SteevO
Thanks for the warm welcomes guys. :) What book or two do you recommend for the beginning writer? I've been borrowing a ton of them from the library, but only found a few to click with me. Any suggestions?
I have stories in me....I just need to learn how to put them on paper! ;)

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 13th, 2012, 10:28 am
by dios4vida
Welcome to the madhouse, Briana!! :) Hope we can help you find a way to satisfy that urge to write. :)
SteevO wrote:What book or two do you recommend for the beginning writer?
My absolutely favorite is Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. I seriously cannot recommend this book highly enough. It covers so many bases in language and examples that make it really accessible. I wish I'd found this book years ago! Also, you can't go wrong with anything by Donald Maass (just ask Margo). He's brilliant.

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 13th, 2012, 1:12 pm
by SteevO
Cool!, I have story engineering coming in a few days, from Amazon. Donald Maass's book "Writing the Breakout Novel," is on hold at the library. Looks like I'm on the right track. :D
Does Margo know Mr. Maass?(ps- how do I pronounce that?)
Cheers,
Steve

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 17th, 2012, 10:39 am
by trixie
Welcome to the madhouse, SteevO and Briana!

*hands out cookies and milk*

SteevO--I know Margo has attended some of Donald Maass' workshops and he has given her some great praise and advice. But I'm not sure if they're "buds"...

Hello, I'm a wannabe writer

Posted: February 18th, 2012, 1:22 am
by nielsencl
I just joined after reading Nathan's blog posts for a few weeks. I have discovered (Duh!) that most writers have really interesting blogs/sites. After about a year of deciding I should try writing I have made a few half-hearted attempts but I am much better at starting things than finishing them.

Part of my problem is that I am a self-employed Internet Consultant and my time is very limited between work and family. I'm also a moderator at TechSoup.org and own 2 Bengals.

I'm very interested in the idea of self-publishing and see this as an exciting time where technology and power shifts into the hands of those that want to have control over that which they create. But while technology is empowering more people to do things like write, make videos, publish music, etc. it also floods the market and gives us a mind-numbing number of choices. Mostly I think that is good, but it may get to the point where most of us can't sell what we create. Then our only option may be to give it away and make money via related advertising revenue such as Google AdSense.

Anyway, I thought I would say Hi! :-)

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: February 21st, 2012, 11:12 pm
by Margo
SteevO wrote:Cool!, I have story engineering coming in a few days, from Amazon. Donald Maass's book "Writing the Breakout Novel," is on hold at the library. Looks like I'm on the right track. :D
Does Margo know Mr. Maass?(ps- how do I pronounce that?)
Cheers,
Steve
Eee, it's hard to describe how to pronounce it. Closer to moss than mass. I know him well enough to stalk the poor guy at his workshops. :) I like the WtBN Workbook better than the original book. Check it out when you can.
trixie wrote:But I'm not sure if they're "buds"...
LOL. No. Nice guy, though.

Re: Hello, I'm a wannabe writer

Posted: February 22nd, 2012, 2:10 pm
by Mira
nielsencl wrote:I just joined after reading Nathan's blog posts for a few weeks. I have discovered (Duh!) that most writers have really interesting blogs/sites. After about a year of deciding I should try writing I have made a few half-hearted attempts but I am much better at starting things than finishing them.

Part of my problem is that I am a self-employed Internet Consultant and my time is very limited between work and family. I'm also a moderator at TechSoup.org and own 2 Bengals.

I'm very interested in the idea of self-publishing and see this as an exciting time where technology and power shifts into the hands of those that want to have control over that which they create. But while technology is empowering more people to do things like write, make videos, publish music, etc. it also floods the market and gives us a mind-numbing number of choices. Mostly I think that is good, but it may get to the point where most of us can't sell what we create. Then our only option may be to give it away and make money via related advertising revenue such as Google AdSense.

Anyway, I thought I would say Hi! :-)
Hey neilsenci! Welcome. This is a great place for self-publishers to get some information. We have some folks who are having some real success. Poke around and see what you find!

Re: Hello

Posted: May 2nd, 2012, 2:41 am
by susnacollins
Hi everyone iam new to this forum and happy for joining in this forum.

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: May 3rd, 2012, 8:57 am
by RichDenoncourt
Hi everyone. Glad to be here.

Thought I'd throw the link to my blog out there: selfland.wordpress.com

You'll find funny, cynical posts about writing, self-publishing, and the movies.

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Take care.

Rich

Re: The Introduction Thread

Posted: May 7th, 2012, 12:06 pm
by LadyDamorea
Hello, everyone. I'm new to this forum but not to writing. I live in a rural area with my family and critters. I mostly write about country life on my blog and fantasy/science fiction. I've also started writing some stories from my childhood. I have a fantasy novel that is complete and its sequel in progress. I think once the sequel is done, they will both get some revisions to make them better.

While in high school, I had several short stories and poems published, then life happened between plans. I came back to writing when I returned to college. I just recently looked into getting published again. The novel is my first, but it won't be my last.

Anyway, that's a bit about me. Nice to meet everyone.

Brightest of Blessings,
Michele