November 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm #198933
Hi, I’m Kate.
I am a writer, I e-published one novella, and have written on 96,000 word novel. I am also a full time college student. I currently have three other novel ideas in progress but I sometimes wonder if my protagonist might be the wrong one in a story. most of my protagonists are male, several of them are teachers, the heroes of my life, and I seem to have a distinct lack of tolerance for girl power and super man/woman characters. I hope that is okay. A place I used to write for fun did not like my particular take on things, that’s why i started writing original fiction.
My current projects are the sequel to the 96,000 word novel, called Clan Clash, the finished Novel is titled Beyond Wonderland, another novel called Lord of Wonder, and one i am not certain what is that I called Chosen by Choice. I have outlined a fourth novel and am organizing thoughts for a fifth, the fourth is called Thunder’s Son, the fifth does not have a working title, just an idea.
I hope I have more support here than the last place I tried.
KateNovember 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm #208415
Hi, Kate. Welcome to FM. Your stories are your stories. You write what you want to write. Mostly we strive to educate writers on the path to publication, encourage the process through goal tracking, challenges, contests, and critiques — both given and received. You’re not competing with other writers, only working to achieve your goals.
I’m not sure what kind of support you’re looking for, so we may or may not offer it. I hope you’ll find what we offer useful to your process or at least helpful to it.November 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm #208418
I am hoping this forum is a little less antagonistic. The last place I wrote seriously for I was told it was perfectly all right for the people who read the works to verbally attack and abuse the writer if they did not like the work.November 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm #208419Ashe Elton ParkerModerator
Oh, attacking other writers is not acceptable here. This site’s success is based upon our willingness to be polite, particularly with critiques of work. Check out the Critique Connection and read the pinned posts and the Etiquette post (which I think should be pinned).Ashe Elton Parker
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I will, thank you.November 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm #208416J.A. MarlowModerator
Welcome to Forward Motion! This is a nice little writerly corner of the internet with a lot of helpful people. As the others mentioned, we do our best to give each other the tools to advance themselves to a new level in their writing as well as their career as writers (no matter what specific path that might be).
If you are curious about the tone of the critiques given here, then go ahead and sign up for access to Roving Crits and take a look. We have a standard of tact and politeness for our critiques, and we make sure they are followed. If you are looking for a place to help you grow to the next step, then this is a good place to look (and this means honest help. This is not a place to come if all a writer is looking for is ravings on their writing genius. We’ve had a few make that mistake who came into chat and the rest of us were supposed to cower in their glory. Heh. ). Many people have said that when they came here their productivity shot through the roof. Yay, more stories!
Personally, I’ve loved it here. The people are very giving of their information and tips. There are challenges, dares, marathons, prompts, and other things to help encourage all aspects. We have the free emagazine called “Vision: A Resource for Writers” that has a ton of information and advice in it. Yep, info and help all over the place.
If you have any questions then by all means jump in. We love to talk about writing.
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Writer alter-ego of Dreamers CoveNovember 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm #208420
Attacking people’s work is forbidden here. We strive to provide helpful feedback in a constructive manner. Antagonism is not acceptable here.
I’m puzzled by your remark about writing “for” a place. To be clear, nobody writes for Forward Motion. (Maybe I’m misunderstanding what you’re saying.)
I second the recommendation for checking our Roving Crits to get an idea of the flavor or critiquing. There’s a guide to critiquing which I believe will alleviate some of your concerns.November 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm #208427
I can’t find the roving crits.
I used to write what some called fanfiction but what I realized eventually was original fiction because the themes did not fit what I got pushed into writing. They called it fanfiction because I wrote genres popular in pop-culture so I got dragged into that, but it never felt like it was truly mine if that makes sense. When I wrote my novella it felt different because it was characters and a world that I built.
The site said they took any story but if you did not write their favorites how they saw them you were attacked and abused.
I wrote on another site that took original works, but there I got yelled at for pointing out things that feel wrong to me in morals and such. I started writing my own things and not posting them any more after that.November 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm #208430
I see why you might be having trouble. It’s kind of buried. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the site to the Private Critique Boards category. Then, you’ll want to go to Critique Connection, and sign up for Private Roving Crits. Here’s a direct link Sign Up For Roving Crits
We limit access to the board to protect first publication rights for the contributors, but everyone who asks is given access to Roving Crits. We have other crit groups, and they will advertise when they are looking for new members in the Critique Connection category. That’s also where you can find other people for a crit group.
What’s worked for me on the site is being active in areas that interest me. Then I find other members I can work well with, and we tend to support one another. I suspect that’s how many of the private critique groups form — they find people they work well with and form their group. But Roving Crits is open to all comers, and it’s a great opportunity.November 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm #208431
thank youNovember 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm #208417Magic SeekerModerator
Hi Kate! Welcome to FM! We’re a friendly group of writers – honest-but-kind crits are good, but no trashing is allowed.
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That’s a relief, actually. I could use honest but polite and actual critiquing as opposed to ‘how dare you point out he has a flaw? you (insert rude word) you’re horrid and talentless and you should never ever write anything again’
and that was about a piece of original work. Like heroes are supposed to be perfect and flawless.
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