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Calling all writers.
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28 May 2009, 23:49
grunge.
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Okay well I don't know if you have ever read my entry here: http://www.bloopdiary.com/grunge/my-adoption-story-what-i-have-been-wanting-to-know-for-years

But a lot of people said that I could write a book and coincidentally, it has been something that I have been thinking about for years actually. I used to love writing as a kid, there are little books I made lying around my parents house, but that's kids stuff, this is real life. I don't know how to go about it and even if I did I would have to write it, and I want to write it but I just don't know how to structure it or what ever, you know so that all the events/topics aren't so scattered and all of that. I just need some advice on how to order it or whatever, I don't know maybe someone has an example somewhere.

I DON'T KNOW everything enough to put it down on paper just yet, but I will soon, im going to see my family, up North soon, and I want to know EVERYTHING. I think knowing where I have come from and all that has given me some growth in my personal life, because I am not as wacky as I used to be.

Also if you know any good websites I could look into that would be really great.
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29 May 2009, 06:45
blank page
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Outlines are always a brilliant idea. I know I HATED them in school, but they really help.

Here are some sites I've found by just googling it:

http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/outlining.shtml

http://fiction-plots-pacing.suite101.com/article.cfm/do_you_need_a_plot_outline

http://www.doe.in.gov/olr/grantprojects/books/images/writin11.jpg
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29 May 2009, 07:05
grunge.
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That's an idea since I am so scattered thank you, I hated making them too, hopefully I will learn A LOT MORE just by talking to my family when I see them.
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29 May 2009, 13:14
sumamen
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I am a writer and I would love to help you in anyway I can. :-D
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30 May 2009, 18:27
valerieeeee
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i would write an outline, and take lots of notes whenever you see them and try to just put it in some sort of order. having all your ideas down on paper would be really helpful.

that's just general stuff. just having notes, an outline, lists, whatever. seeing it all down at once would probably help you feel less scattered.
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30 May 2009, 21:16
DecentralizedByGuilt
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sounds like you need an editor. You write the story and they put it all together, all nice and neat like.
Most book editors work extremely close with the authors, and it ain't always pretty.

but yeah there are programs that have the built structures. to get an idea
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31 May 2009, 00:27
wugs
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Outlines are a must, but I like to also write a paragraph or two from each section, just to get a feel for what that part of the story will sound like. (I'm not the type of writer you are looking for, though. I stick to short stories, but I think the concept could still be applied.)

Another thing I like to do is once I am working on smaller details (after the outline), try using notecards for ordering information. Character info, setting, and such doesn't have to be stated in any particular order, and using notecards allows you to easily change the order and see what the story would look like presented that way. I used this method in my ongoing attempt at a novella and it really helped me avoid those dreaded sections that are just bombarding the reader with millions of details about how the character or location looks. This also helps you figure out what your character is like in greater detail. My English teachers always said that you need to know every single aspect of your main character(s), even if it isn't in the story, and this trick helped me a TON.

Good luck! I hope the world of writing welcomes you well!

PS: If you want to have fun with a challenge, try NaNoWriMo in November. One month, 50,000 words, one novel. Write it. ;D Funfunfun!
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31 May 2009, 05:07
grunge.
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Thank you all for everything, I am going to take notes of this ALL.
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31 May 2009, 06:58
vatten m
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I don't write stories because I don't naturally focus on the smaller details...or communicate them well with others. However, an outline (for any kind of writing) is VERY helpful. Have someone around you that is more knowledgeable about writing proofread your stories from time to time...perhaps a former english teacher? Multiple drafts...if you think of things as randomly as I do. When I had to write essays in school, I would write it all out by hand (to get things in the open), then I would organize it all when I typed it out.

That is all I know to tell you. Sorry.
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31 May 2009, 06:59
grunge.
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Its useful the proofread thing, my close friend AL can do that and she would.
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