View Full Version : Let the gnarling and gnashing of teeth begin :)

07-05-2010, 09:07 PM
Hi all, bran new to novel writing. Looking forward to educating myself.

First a little background. Avid reader since I was old enough to read. I love writing more than reading, but I'm not very good at it. My grammar, punctuation and sentence structure need a lot of work. I'm currently writing my first novel, the first in a series I hope to write. In all honesty, I really don't care whether or not I ever get published, I've just had this idea for a series and I'm really enjoying creating it.

Right now, I'm on fire. The story is just flowing. It's really exciting and more rewarding than I thought. My concern is that I'm going to get too far and then I'll be staring at a mountain of script that needs to be cleaned up. I've been writing nearly everyday, but mostly on message boards and blogs. Some of this experience translates, but not much. Even though the story seems to be writing itself right now, I'm afraid to really dive in and go for it without educating myself. I don't want to struggle if I can help it.

So not only is this an introduction, it's a plea. So if anybody could recommend reading material (besides the FAQ... I'm on it :) ) that will help me streamline my thoughts, it would be greatly appreciated.


07-05-2010, 09:12 PM
Welcome to AW. Hope you enjoy your stay with us.
How do you like your popcorn?

If you go to the bottom of the page to the ‘forum jump’ you can scroll down and find all the areas of this place. Most of the SYW areas require the password of ….vista. Good luck.

07-05-2010, 09:31 PM

Don't forget to read the Newbie Guide (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66315) and enjoy AW

ETA: Also a very helpful read is Uncle Jim's Thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6710)

07-05-2010, 09:43 PM

07-05-2010, 09:46 PM
ETA: Also a very helpful read is Uncle Jim's Thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6710)

lol... that thread is MASSIVE. May as well get comfortable. Thanks.

Does this site have any kind of mentoring program or buddy system? Volunteers that are willing to have ideas bounced off of them? Just curious.

07-05-2010, 09:49 PM
Yes we do, in Beta Readers, Mentors and Writing Partners (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=30)

07-05-2010, 11:53 PM
Hi, LotusEater! I hope you like it here!

07-06-2010, 12:05 AM
Welcome Lotus. I'm a newbie too and also hoping to learn from the many talented artists here. Hope to see you around.

07-06-2010, 02:56 AM
Greetings and welcome to the watercooler :welcome:

Take a wander around the various forums, there's lots to see and lots to learn, and even some fun threads too. Come along and pop on over to the Traditional Irish Pub (at the top of the Newbie forum) and say hi, there's plenty of friendly faces that you can chat with and lots of banter. There's also the Question of the Day threads at the top of the Newbie forum where you can answer random questions.

Don't forget to read the newbie guide (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66315), and if you want to know what all the buttons mean check out this thread. (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28185)

07-06-2010, 03:07 AM
'Lo! :hi:

07-06-2010, 12:02 PM
Welcome :hi: