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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-14, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Default I need an Authors advice.

I've had this story in my head I've been molding and toying with for a few years now, and I'm not sure what to do with it. I have the main characters, I might add a few more, I have the setting, a bit of lore, and a basic story line. The only thing I've really done is just jot some notes down here and there. What I need to know is, should I look for some kind of creative writing class to learn more about being a writer? and the steps I need to take to get it copyrighted before I start trying to find a publisher, any help would be great!

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well you could take a creative writing class that does help some people or you can read a book or look online for was to write a novel. You can join writers forums to get advice from people but most of them will tell you to just start writing. Because no one can get the story out of your head other than you. I am in the same boat as you and I have a friend that is a published author and she told me to find my inspiration then write the main characters history down. Flesh them out and make them real then start making the world they live in real and write your story. Because until you write the story you won't need a publisher.

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I agree with @morfangdakka : if you have a basic storyline, start writing. It is much easier to fix an imperfect draft than create the perfect novel completely in your head.

Also, I suggest focussing on writing the first draft, not the whole process: if you get too involved in the sale and marketing side before you have a story that you are happy with, you risk prioritising what you think might sell over making a story that is strong enough to sell on it's own merits.

Creative writing courses are a tricky decision: some writers really feel they helped; others say creativity is personal, so being taught methods risks your personal voice. The biggest two benefits of writing courses are probably access to teaching on technical skills (syntax, grammar, &c.) and the assignments making you write frequently. If you already know the rules of English and can motivate yourself, it might be just as productive to join a writer's group.

As with courses, different groups have different strengths, so I suggest trying out several until you find one where you feel comfortable.

Once you have written the story you automatically own the copyright, although there are benefits to registering the copyright if you live in the US.
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Originally Posted by Dave T Hobbit View Post
It is much easier to fix an imperfect draft than create the perfect novel completely in your head.

At the very least, write everything you have down, expand on it, develop a basic storyline, some cool encounters, the history of wherever it is, and then start bringing it all together into a coherent story. If it sucks, then maybe a writing course could help, or maybe just some research into topics like conversation beats, story structure, characterization, stereotypes (and when and how to avoid them), etc. If you have any writer friends you could just ask what you should research and then, well, research it.

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