• i am aiming to have a book out on kindle in about a months time-i cannot wait to complete!! i would like to have an illustrator but not sure how to go about this as they are so expensive

  • Very good, thanks man! I’d also recommend “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. I don’t know much about Julia but this book gives you small tasks to accomplish everyday and eventually – without even notice it – you become a more creative person. All comes down to overcoming fear, but creation is something natural within us. Great therapy reading this book.

  • Hi! Nate Hawk here. I’m a lover of liberty and a writer so when I came across this group, it was a no-brainer to join. I’ve written two action-packed thrillers that I’ve self-published and an action-packed Western that will be published very soon. I enjoy talking to other writers and aspiring writers. This looks like a great group for us all to…[Read more]

    • Nate, Welcome! I’ve not posted in the group yet but I have been writing non-fiction for some time given a background in academia. Recently I began a short story about the nature of money (futuristic/sci-fi) and a longer work also sci-fi, about recreating society. I’ve dabbled in fiction before, but this is the first time I have felt like what I…[Read more]

    • @tinybuilder Thanks for the note Brian! I had a couple of thoughts while reading your post. The nature of money sounds fascinating! Have you heard Jeffery Tucker’s speech on the topic?

      Bitcoin’s run up in late 2013 bought me some time to write my first novel. I was determined to write Bitcoin in to the plot as a tribute and as a way of spreading…[Read more]

    • @nemo I’ve a good outline, several chapters, but I will admit the ending is still weak in my mind. On fiction/non-fiction I tend to agree. Have you seen the article by Mike Reid: https://publishing.liberty.me/tell-stories-to-sell-ideas/

      I think you will enjoy it.

      All the best..

    • @tinybuilder I just read it! Thanks for the link. It sounds like the author has found a genre that he’s successful in. I do like the way Amazon ranks books in specific categories. I know it has helped me find good authors that I may not have found through other search criteria.

      Regarding your book, it may help beef up the end if you inject some…[Read more]

    • @nemo Thanks. I actually started some sub plots before I had the main plot. I have explored two of them so far and am working to make them less abrupt.

      I’ll check out that article tomorrow when I am less weary. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Hi anyone reading. So I’m new to the site and group. I wrote a fiction book a year ago. Spent the last two years of dental school writing it before burning out and putting it down for a year. I would love for anyone who is good at writing/editing to join me on the project of finishing it. I am simply not a good writer but I think the story…[Read more]

    • Hey Nick! I hope you’re doing well.

      I saw your post and found it reminiscent of experiences I’ve had myself. Not sure if you’ve finished your rough draft but I find rough drafts to be the hardest part of the process. Once I have the bones of a story, then I can go back and find creative ways to build the characters’ depth and pull scenes…[Read more]

    • I think I found someone to help me so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the encouragement. Writing a good book is damn hard!

    • @nickmorenz It sure is and if you get frustrated just keep at it. Share with the community when it goes to print.

      Good luck!
      -Nate Hawk

  • I originally wrote: “Her portrait hangs in the dining room — where the girls would stage plays for an audience in the parlor — which commands the room.” For a draft, that’s cool, but this is terrible writing.The fun part of writing is to edit:

    “Her portrait commands the dining room, where the girls would stage plays for an audience in the parlor.”

  • speaking of spelling people’s names wrong, KNOW YOUR PRONOUNS.

    I wrote “Wynona Rider” twice before I thought to check it. It’s Winona Ryder. I do like a band called the Wynona Riders, however, but they were just being jerks when they spelled it that way.

     

    I’ve mentioned Nick Gillespie numerous times on my blog, but I’ve written it Gillepsie…[Read more]

  • Hemingway wrote to always re-read your writing before working on your piece the next day. I often will put down a piece and then post it into my wordpress to edit for errors without rereading it as a writer, but tonight I’m going to read my new piece before I write. Here is an example of what I changed, that I wouldn’t have touched probably, if I…[Read more]

  • I am struggling with not being overly assertive with the libertarian philosophy in my novel. I basically rape the innocent minds of the readers and do not conceal it, nor do I make it subtle. Do you guys have any tips about how to present some of the against-state arguments in a more humane manner? I put a link to my blog here where my writings…[Read more]

    • I didn’t take the time to read through all of what you’ve written, but I did read a bit in order to grasp your style and some of the content.
      You’re a very colorful writer and lead the reader well. As for being too assertive? I’m not sure I’m getting it, at least not in the small amount I read.
      If it’s a novel, then the characters have their own…[Read more]

  • Look, I’m reading this great little book by Bill Bryson called Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words. For example, the entry for admit to: one cannot admit to something. One can only admit something. The “to” is not necessary. I’m going to purge myself from now on while writing by posting my edits here for everyone to benefit!

    I’m no great…[Read more]

  • Look, I’m reading this great little book by Bill Bryson called Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words. For example, the entry for admit to: one cannot admit to something. One can only admit something. The “to” is not necessary. I’m going to purge myself from now on while writing by posting my edits here for everyone to benefit!

    I’m no great…[Read more]

  • Tyler Lloyd posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 3 years, 9 months ago

    Feel free to contact me for anything you want to have a second set of eyes to look over. http://lloydtw.liberty.me/2014/08/09/a-personal-mission/

  • Lina Bryce posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 3 years, 10 months ago

    I’m terrible at editing my own work. Any tips for this of us who find mistakes every time I reread my writing pieces AFTER it had been published! 😉 Thanks!

  • I thought this might be a fun and informative thread. I’ll start with a well-known Hemingway quote, then segue into some Faulker, Charles Murray, more Hemingway, and a few fun ones from Stephen King. Feel free to add any quotes, advice, or links you might have!

    Hemingway on when its slow at the typewriter: “Do not worry. You have always written…[Read more]

  • TommyK posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 4 years ago

    If anyone has a good image for the Avatar for this group, let me know, I will add it!

  • Winter Trabex posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 4 years ago

    Hello friends. You all might be in luck. I am an author of three published novels! Feel free to ask for me advice on just about anything related to writing and publishing. I’ll help you with your work, if I can. 🙂

  • TommyK posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 4 years ago

    Anyone want to be a mod or admin in this group?

  • Michelle Kocses posted an update in the group Beginning Writers 4 years ago

    Does anyone have an suggestions on how to overcome writer’s block? I have issue with perfectionism, which makes it hard for me to write. I’d really appreciate some suggestions.

    • Hello Michelle, try to keep your perfectionism for when you edit. Composing a first draft is all about pulling ideas out of your subconscious. They don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be yours.

    • Hi, Michelle. I’m afraid this sounds really snooty, and I promise I don’t mean it that way, but the first thing you need to do is convince yourself there’s no such thing as writer’s block. I basically agree with Winter, but would expand those comments to say that whenever you feel like you can’t write, just sit down at the computer and start…[Read more]

  • Mike Vroman started the topic Need practice? in the forum Beginning Writers 4 years ago

    I’ll start by saying that I still consider myself something of a novice writer after about two years of regular writing.

    For those who want to start writing, or start writing more, but need subject matter, I would like to propose a potential trade.

    I just got preliminary approval today to attempt to enlist writers for our local project, Grand…[Read more]