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Mesg #223 "Hello"
Author sianablackwood     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Jul-09-12 10:59 AM
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Now that I've used 'hello' as the subject, does that mean I'm repeating myself if I say hello here as well?

Anyway, hello. I'm Siana Blackwood, or at least, that's what I call myself online. I'm a metal chick, a goat dairy farmer and I'm probably on my way to becoming a mad cat lady. I managed to turn 30 this year without any particular fanfare.

The things I write usually fall somewhere between sci-fi and fantasy and I have fourteen dodgy first drafts sitting on my hard drive (and backed up in various locations ). So far I haven't figured out how one goes from "dodgy first draft" to "wow, this looks like a manuscript I'd actually let people read".

My posts may be edited by a tabby kitten.

  

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Mesg #224 "Welcome to Forward Motion"
Author maripat     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Jul-09-12 02:40 PM
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I'm glad you found your way here.

I'm looking for a link on an old class on how to revise. So far I'm not having luck. BUT I did dig up these links for you that'll help get you started:

http://www.wherethemapends.com/special_features/Bell_Revising.htm

http://www.learntowritefiction.com/writing-a-novel-revision-part-2/

http://hollylisle.com/how-to-revise-a-novel/

There's plenty there to digest. As you write and revise, you'll learn what works for you.

Have a look around the site. Be sure to also check out chat because a lot of great folks hang out there, too. If you have questions, please ask.

Maripat

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Mesg #225 "Welcome!"
Author magic seeker     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Jul-09-12 04:24 PM
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Hello Siana! Welcome to FM!

LOL! My posts are sometimes edited by an elderly Persian, so I know exactly what you mean.

Maripat has covered all the basics, I think. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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Mesg #226 "RE: Hello"
Author CatrinP     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Only fourteen?

Hi Siana, welcome.

Another place you can look is Roving Crits. Apart from reading other's and the comments they recieve - all helpful in offering support and ways to improve - you can also post some of your own words and do some crits yourself.

There is also Chat. Jump in, ask a question, conversation is sure to flow.

  

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Mesg #228 "RE: Hello"
Author sianablackwood     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Thanks for the suggestions and reading material. I'm definitely going to hang around and ask a lot of questions. I'm aiming to get a second draft of one of the 14 finished by November, which is something that really scares me. I tend to look at them and then slink quietly away to write something new instead.

  

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Mesg #229 "RE: Hello"
Author maripat     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Tue Jul-10-12 09:46 AM
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I know it seems overwhelming to revise. My suggestion go through and find the one that really speaks to you.

Good luck!

Maripat

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