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    I'm doing a dark fantasy genre story. I tried to make it more original, so no elfs or orcs etc.. I've done about 6000 words so far, a prologue and chapter 1.

    ps: how many words are on a page usually?
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    (Original post by Michaelj)
    I'm doing a dark fantasy genre story. I tried to make it more original, so no elfs or orcs etc.. I've done about 6000 words so far, a prologue and chapter 1.

    ps: how many words are on a page usually?
    It depends on a lot of things, are you writing by hand and what font type are you writing in? I don't know how many words per page but I write in font Droid Sans or Droid Serif, size 10 and my average chapter length is about 3500 words, which for me is just over three full pages, sometimes four depending on paragraphs and dialogue.
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    (Original post by Michaelj)
    I'm doing a dark fantasy genre story. I tried to make it more original, so no elfs or orcs etc.. I've done about 6000 words so far, a prologue and chapter 1.

    ps: how many words are on a page usually?
    Do you mean pages on book or pages on a word processor?
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    Yeah per book. I will post a sample of my first draft soon. (2 chapters)
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    (Original post by Michaelj)
    Yeah per book. I will post a sample of my first draft soon. (2 chapters)
    All depends really. Some books will have more words than others. The first one I wrote was 16,000 words, but the second 37,000 words.
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    I'd like to join this society

    I'm assuming this isn't restricted to novels/short stories and poetry/plays/monologues/anything else is acceptable?
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    (Original post by LonelySoul193)
    I'd like to join this society

    I'm assuming this isn't restricted to novels/short stories and poetry/plays/monologues/anything else is acceptable?
    Welcome
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    Yay! For the first time in ages I'm actually writing again :awesome: well, it feels like ages since I've done any substantial writing on my novel hehe
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    (Original post by madders94)
    Yay! For the first time in ages I'm actually writing again :awesome: well, it feels like ages since I've done any substantial writing on my novel hehe
    What's it about? :awesome:
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    For me, I'm interested in becoming a writer because I just feel I wanna make more of a difference in the world, for instance helping kids live healthier lives.

    My first book, Volleyball Vesna (still hasn't been published yet, but has been accepted by SA Writers and is currently being looked over by Omnibus Publishers Australia), is about a six-year-old girl who lives in the Adelaide Hills and for the first time, is meeting her American cousin Rachel who plays volleyball.

    Rachel teaches Vesna how to play it at her school, and they both have a great time. Two of Vesna’s classmates criticise the sport, but overall it becomes popular with her peers and her teacher decides to make it part of the curriculum.

    In my experience from hosting Story Time sessions (I work in educational services), there seems to be many great kid’s picture books available that really captivate their audiences, but I've observed there are not a lot that promote sports and encourage exercise :cool:

    Children face a tough world, and many are not always aware of positive and healthy choices, for instance riding a bike with a sibling instead of playing computer games autonomously. If my book is a success, I plan to write similar books to educate children and parents about healthy activities in a fun and child-friendly way.

    Xxo
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    (Original post by Michaelj)
    I'm doing a dark fantasy genre story. I tried to make it more original, so no elfs or orcs etc.. I've done about 6000 words so far, a prologue and chapter 1.
    Oh wow, good luck! That sounds exciting, I like seeing posts like these cos I find them inspiring!

    I hope you do well, and you get your work published xo
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    Hey I write during my free time ... but I feel like I always get stuck at a point where Im not happy with what I have written. It's annoying because I have written for at least 9 years now and yet there is little or no work that I am proud of sharing. Does anyone else experience this?
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    Ooo I never realised this was here :ahee:

    I'm currently over 50k into my novel (I did NaNoWriMo, got to just over 50k but then had to stop cos uni work was just too intense) but over the summer I'm aiming to finish editing what I've already written and probably writing another 20k to finish the book :yep:
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    (Original post by lifethrowslemons)
    Hey I write during my free time ... but I feel like I always get stuck at a point where Im not happy with what I have written. It's annoying because I have written for at least 9 years now and yet there is little or no work that I am proud of sharing. Does anyone else experience this?
    Yep I get a bit embarrased! Like I want to share what I've written, but I get scared of the criticism...

    I should toughen up haha x
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    (Original post by Ayshah Pearson)
    Yep I get a bit embarrased! Like I want to share what I've written, but I get scared of the criticism...

    I should toughen up haha x
    True, but in my case I don't fear the criticism. I mean I don't know that yet, but I think I could handle it, but it is about being my own critic. I spend longer criticising my work than I do writing it, so much so that I end up giving up on it completely. =(
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    (Original post by lifethrowslemons)
    I spend longer criticising my work than I do writing it, so much so that I end up giving up on it completely. =(
    Being self-critical is the key to creating a quality story. Just try and be constructive when you criticise your work. Instead of saying "This sucks! Why would he walk right through the front door?!", your thoughts should say "Walking through the front door is too obvious. How about he drives through the front door!". You can see what I'm saying lol . When you criticise your work, you should be molding it into something better at the same time.

    Good luck.
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    Hello all! *waves*

    I'm a Creative Writing/English grad. I'm trying to get back into writing again after a big post-Uni writer's block period. Not fun!

    I have a a good few novel ideas (Three actually! Really not sure which one to dive headlong into at the moment. I'm mostly at the planning plot and character development and research stage, but I'm excited!) I mostly write urban fantasy and sci-fi with a good dash of steampunk/historical fiction blended in. Stuff I'd enjoy reading myself. I hope!

    I'm hoping to develop some short story ideas to write and send out to competitions. I'm very confident in my journalism and feature writing (had articles published in a few national magazines and done national magazine work experience)...less so in my fiction writing, which is my true passion really, but I've never sent out any fiction and only been published in my end-of Uni undergrad writing anthology.

    I'm just trying to get over the post-Uni "quick find a job" stress that made me abandon my creative work. Writing is all I've ever wanted to do with my life. I live and breathe it, but my family tends to be more practical and push me towards more practical channels for it. Hence, I then trained as a journo.

    I like what Nephilim said about having a firm, but fair inner critic when editing your work. It's not about berating yourself, but instead sharpening what you have. Sometimes reading it aloud or getting a trusted friend to read and crit it helps. Some of my friends write so we crit each other's work, like a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours!" deal.
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    (Original post by Paperback_Writer)
    Hello all! *waves*

    I'm a Creative Writing/English grad. I'm trying to get back into writing again after a big post-Uni writer's block period. Not fun!

    I have a a good few novel ideas (Three actually! Really not sure which one to dive headlong into at the moment. I'm mostly at the planning plot and character development and research stage, but I'm excited!) I mostly write urban fantasy and sci-fi with a good dash of steampunk/historical fiction blended in. Stuff I'd enjoy reading myself. I hope!

    I'm hoping to develop some short story ideas to write and send out to competitions. I'm very confident in my journalism and feature writing (had articles published in a few national magazines and done national magazine work experience)...less so in my fiction writing, which is my true passion really, but I've never sent out any fiction and only been published in my end-of Uni undergrad writing anthology.

    I'm just trying to get over the post-Uni "quick find a job" stress that made me abandon my creative work. Writing is all I've ever wanted to do with my life. I live and breathe it, but my family tends to be more practical and push me towards more practical channels for it. Hence, I then trained as a journo.

    I like what Nephilim said about having a firm, but fair inner critic when editing your work. It's not about berating yourself, but instead sharpening what you have. Sometimes reading it aloud or getting a trusted friend to read and crit it helps. Some of my friends write so we crit each other's work, like a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours!" deal.
    Welcome and I like your username
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    Writing is very nice. I'm an italian writer, i write some articles for a lot of blogs and i'm happy to do it. So i advice you to go on with this project.
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    I just found this thread; what a brilliant idea! I'm a languages student currently writing just for fun but tentatively considering taking it further. I've entered a few short story competitions recently and enjoyed working to a theme/ deadline. I also blog and though I get about 100 hits a day its hard to tell whether these are returning readers or not. I just posted something which aimed to get me to work outside my comfort zone, we'll call it satire for the sake of labelling. I would love to get some honest critique on it if you have the time? Pandora's Little Red Box Sorry if you've seen it twice now, I created separate thread for it before I found this one!
    Just off to read some previous posts (though maybe not 81 pages worth! )

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