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tarra74
05-12-2006, 02:54 AM
I found what I was looking for, so for now I'm no longer looking for a writing partner.

Thank you,
Tarra

C.H. Campbell
05-13-2006, 09:15 AM
Tarra


What have you published, and incidently where?

CHC

Gillhoughly
05-13-2006, 05:57 PM
Good luck with that.

Writing tends to be a lonely, self-taught profession.

You'll find lots of mentors on this site just by reading the posts and putting up samples for critique. That's way MORE than I ever had starting out. But ultimately the best way for you to learn is just plunge in and do it.

You are not the first to propose this sort of thing; I've heard variations of it over the years and so far as I know those would-be writers are still waiting for someone to swoop in and help them.

Unless a previously published writer with an agent is independently wealthy and bursting with saint-like generosity, he or she is just going to be too busy with their own work to partner up with a learner.

Don't wait on them. Just get started. In this vocation you learn by DOING.

An artist may take an art course to learn to mix paints, but he doesn't expect his teacher to fill in the canvas, then place it in the gallery for him.

Get a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style, read a LOT to see how other writers did it, and start writing for two hours a day, every day, for two weeks and see what happens.

(Two hours a day is a very LIGHT load for a pro writer--something I got from Joe Bob Briggs.)

Again--good luck.

tarra74
05-13-2006, 07:25 PM
I've already started the book and it's over half way completed. This is my fifth manuscript. I write for fifteen hours a day. I've been told that I have a strong writing style and that I'm good at it, but I'm always searching for ways to improve my writing, which I feel all writers should do.

I admit that my first two books I wrote were published by PublishAmerica, but I've learned from that and I'm holding out this time and focusing on my main goal to be published with a commercial publisher. I know it will happen someday.

C.H. Campbell
05-13-2006, 11:20 PM
15 hours a day? Don't forget to eat.

That's dedication.

rich
05-13-2006, 11:31 PM
I could see writing partners in nonfiction, not fiction. I'm sure that it's been done. Someplace.

tarra74
05-14-2006, 01:27 AM
I co-wrote a fiction book last year with another author last year that comes on here. Neither one of us had ever entered a writing contest, but decided to enter it just to see how it did. It didn't win, but was a finalist. From that, a publisher asked to see the full manuscrpt. We are just waiting for them to get back to us with their answer.


I could see writing partners in nonfiction, not fiction. I'm sure that it's been done. Someplace.

tarra74
05-14-2006, 01:31 AM
LOL - it's funny you should say that. Lately people have been saying I don't eat enough. I eat about 875 calories a day, but I feel great and I'm full of energy. I've been losing weight, but it's weight I needed to lose and I don't miss it.


15 hours a day? Don't forget to eat.

That's dedication.

Gillhoughly
05-14-2006, 04:39 AM
I could see writing partners in nonfiction, not fiction. I'm sure that it's been done. Someplace.

It's called collaboration. Ann McCaffrey teamed with Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Niven with Jerry Pournell, Neil Gaiman with Terry Pratchett. It can be tremendous fun and some writers really like it as it means they need only write half a book!

Mentoring is a quite different thing. It's great when you can find someone, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

This IS a cut above this guy on eBay who wanted someone to write his last chapter for him so he could get on the NYT bestseller list and do signings and all that other cool author stuff.

Oi vey. http://colonel-gabriel.livejournal.com/1411.html

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C.H. Campbell
05-14-2006, 08:35 AM
Peter Straub and Stephen King= The Talisman