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One thing I can say is, do not stress yourself out. That would be rule number one. Other than that, the medium does matter. Writing directly on a forum may put on the pressure for you. Best to dose it correctly, neither too high nor too low. Different subject matter will require different levels of effort. Writing a light-hearted message about an average ...


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What's your goal? If your goal is to write, and reading what you "should" be doing made you stop writing, then stop reading that shit. Avoid whatever is an obstacle to your goal. That doesn't mean you can't learn the craft of writing, or study techniques or develop methods or use tools. But if you "let the perfect become the enemy of the good," then you ...


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Summary: The timing will never be better. Give it a try, and learn from your mistakes. You are at the best time of your life to try writing professionally. As a new graduate with few responsibilities, you won't be trying to support a family on a minimal income. If you can stay rent free or low rent with parents or other relative, that's more money saved. ...


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Honestly, reading helps you write in the same way studying cook books helps you cook better. If you read them a lot, you start to learn which spices are usually used with which different meats. You learn which vegetables take longer to sauté properly and what order you should put the food into the pan when you plan to sauté. You will learn that there are ...


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Check out Author Earnings. There are lots of debates about the collection, meaning, and significance of the data, but there's plenty of data.


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It's very difficult to have hard answers for questions like this because there are way too many variables. "Traditional" publishing is not a monolith - there's a lot of difference between publishing with the Big 5 and publishing with a small e-publisher, and a lot of difference between publishing with a reputable, established e-publisher and a fly-by-night ...


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I quit a job at one point to write full-time, and ended up writing far less when I had more time. Since then, my general advice to anyone is to establish the new career BEFORE leaving the old one. Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) was already making millions off his strip before he left his former job as a cubicle-dweller (laid off, fwiw). As mentioned ...


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An important part of writing well is understanding your audience and using the words that will have the desired effect on them. If you're writing text messages to a sixteen year old, 'natural' language is going to be a lot more casual and text-speak-ish than if you were writing them to someone unused to the medium and more practised at long-form writing. ...


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Natural refers to language that native speakers say or write. It is possible to write sentences which are not natural, by using words that wouldn't normally be used, or using word order that makes sense but is unusual, or by speaking/writing in a way that is unsuited to the situation. An example would be if a person always spoke as if they were dictating a ...


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If the moments of that events are jumbled and chaotic, then write it down that way. crashing sounds oh my god what just is that smoke? people running my heartrate starts to spike the ground is thrumming my legs are jelly I need to get out of here push you idiot get out of my way that is smoke what's burning need to run I need to run You can ...


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How about a sailing trip? A small crew or even a single man sailing across a wide body of water, like the Pacific? That might provide sufficient time away from land, and sufficient isolation from communications, to provide what you need. Those seem to be the biggest problems - overcoming the invasive presence of communication, and the speed of modern ...


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There is always a risk of copy being made (some outright, some "mashed up"). But you'll need proofreaders. You'll need some peer reviews to be able to attract good quality readers / publishers. Some basic measures must be taken though - like distributing protected electronic versions, delivering parts of book rather than whole book, etc. All said, a bit of ...


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Use your imagination. I mean, your imagination should be informed by experiences you've actually had and remembered, but you expand and explore and combine these experiences using your imagination, not your memories. By 'imagination' I don't mean wild flights of fancy. Don't throw a unicorn into a car crash scene just because your imagination takes you ...


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Im not so sure your issue is with the content of your paragraph, people generally only donate money to causes they believe in, your interest in buying gadgets to help in your education is admirable, but you have to look from the users perspective. What are they getting out of it. When people donate to cancer research or homes for retired seeing eye dogs, ...


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Go for it!!!!!! Writing as a career is tough unless you don't mind being told what to do, in which case there's plenty of work available. Just choose a career. Journalism or English are degree offerings at almost every major college. If you write a best seller in the interim ... My feeling is that the genre you've chosen is , for lack of a better term, age ...


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The Benedictine rule has an overriding principle that has kept the community going for more than a thousand years. Ora et labora, which means work and pray The more you read good books, the more you will know what to do or not do. Then write, write, write, because the muse cracks her whip and wants you to dance.


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You already have fantastic answers here, and spot on guidance. All I want to offer is, reading can be learning the craft of writing. You have a favorite author, or perhaps a favorite book. You can learn the craft from it by identifying what you like about that book, or what you like most about the way the author writes. Re-read your favorite book, by your ...


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This question has been pretty thoroughly answered here: Where can I get a critique of my work? That said, a quick search for "creative writing message boards" on Google gave me plenty of results. http://www.writingforums.org/ looks pretty active, and was inadvertently the first result I came across. I would suggest reading through the earlier post.


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I suppose the easiest thing would be to give her just part of the book, without going into any big deal about not trusting her. Like just way, "Well, I really need to do some rework on the second half of the book before I want anyone else to see it. But I'm happy to show you the first four chapters. I'd love to hear any comments you may have." But really, I ...


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I wouldn't personally feel comfortable with that, especially if you don't know her well, which I'm gathering is the case since you said you'd only joined the group recently. I think Tave's suggestion is good. If you do allow her to read parts of your book, you could always get her to sign a NDA or some contract specifying copyright etc. You have to think ...


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Why don't you offer her a few chapters saying that you want to see if she likes it? Then, if she comes back with useful comments, let her see more. Making a pdf and sending it to yourself by email can't hurt, just in case.


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This is a common thing if you forgot the details. Its human tendency of mind. You can not recall whole things and feelings until or unless you live them. In your case you lived them but due to your tough situations you are unable to recall them completely. There are many people in everyday life who undergoes situations like you. You can observe them and ...


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"Natural" is based on what most people would say. A sentence could be perfect grammatically, and not sound "natural." This could occur in a situation where most people would use abbreviations or slang to say what you are saying. Example: A "hypothecation" is a mortgage. A Spanish speaker might say, "I have a hypothecation (hipoteca) on my house. But most ...


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Autobiographical writing is difficult, because you know exactly what happened. You can't fudge it. Plus, you're writing about emotions and psychological issues, which are notoriously difficult to get right, even in fiction. Combining the two, it isn't surprising that you are having trouble. So, don't stress. Keep at it. Here is an exercise you can ...


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Most of the answers mentioned here are accurate. I would like to add my 2 cents. If you have financial commitments, then don't risk losing out on your current job. That's your bread and butter. Assuming you have a five day week, focus 100% on your job in the weekdays. On the weekends, put work aside, find a nice quite time of the day and start your word ...


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Fanfic can help you learn writing skills if you treat it as a professional project. If you strive to make it the best it can be, then you will have learned something while doing it. Good luck!


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Writing books isn't the only way to write professionally. If your goal is simply to write and earn a living from it rather than to produce a book, business writing can be a lucrative option. You don't have as much freedom to choose what you write, but you are guaranteed a paycheck for what you produce. I know one woman who does this in the financial sector ...



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