I am a recent college grad in Dublin, Ohio and a very novice writer. I spend a good bit of my spare time writing and have several short stories banging around in my head as well as a novel that I have outlined and have written about 11,000 words of so far. I've been lurking here for awhile and have learned a lot, and am hoping that peeking my head out of the shadows will inspire/encourage me to keep plugging away. At the very least I hope to continue the learning process and maybe get some feedback that's less biased than that of my friends and relatives. If I thought I knew anything worthwhile I'd be willing to give some feedback too...and I might anyway, just take it with a grain of salt, please.
quote: If I thought I knew anything worthwhile I'd be willing to give some feedback too...and I might anyway, just take it with a grain of salt, please.
You know--speaking from experience--you learn more by giving feeback, than by getting it. Everyone has to start somewhere. Lord knows, I've tasted my foot a couple of times, but, I've learned from every one of those times. You learn how to identify the problems you have with the work of others, but what you may tend to do also. As you look for and find problems with other people's prose, so do you learn more of what to look for in your own--and how it can be interpreted and misinterpreted. As for the "grain of salt", keep that in mind when you're reading those that critique you. Though people may sound hard I (and I truly believe everyone else) sincerely want to help.
Good luck with the novel.
PS - Don't ignore the biased feedback. Sometimes, it's nice to have a fistful of positive without any negatives. It buolds the confidence back up, keeps us plugging away.
Welcome from a fellow Ohioan. I'm just down the road in Cinti. Did you just get done with OSU?
Don't worry about the learning curve. I just joined and have been doing some dabbling and posting. I might not always agree with all of the comments I get, but I'm certain that they are posted with the right purpose in mind, which is to try to help me as much as they can.
Dublin?! I live in Hilliard! We're neighbors
I am also working on my first novel. I'm about 45000 words in. I read your first 13, and it was good stuff, so keep at it. I have yet to gather the courage to post the 1st 13 from my WiP. Look forward to hearing more from you.