Thinking of starting a Novel

@sharon613 (2323)
United States
January 26, 2007 12:51pm CST
I am thinking of writing a book on my life experiences. Several people had already approached me after hearing my mishaps that you should write a book it would be a best seller. I know its difficult especially for people who are not known and famous to get a book published, However I might have a plus that I happened to be an ex-cast member at Walt Disney World. I worked there the past 16 months and left cause the pay wasn't worth staying on and the wear and tear of my car. I was in merchantainment and it was real rewarding experience for me at the time. So what do you folks out there think. Should I or shouldn't I start this Novel. I won't take offensive in any way and all opinions are appreciated.
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@Spid4r (177)
• India
26 Jan 07
Go ahead finish the novel and get is as polished as you can. Then you can start worrying about finding an agent and/or publisher.I am have like tons of poetry unpublished at the moment and I am working on my third short novel ( this one is gonna be the published one) I go to www.iuniverse.com they have various programs to fit all budgets!! The representatives are super cool and stay in contact with ya and are really informed about what they have and do. I would go there for self-publishing. They also help with copyrights !
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks, my husband is a poet as well.
@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I think you should go for it! The worst case scenario is that it doesn't end up getting published, but you will still have had the experience of writing down things, and you will bring back memories to yourself. As you're writing you may think of things you hadn't thought of before. It will be a good experience. I would say definitely give it a try.
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks, by the way what are you wearing on your head? Or is that your hair. I can't make it out from the picture.
• United States
26 Jan 07
Complete the novel buddy .No one will want to take a chance on an unknown author unless they know he or she can finish their book first. They also don't want to risk someone submitting the first half and then writing something at the end that requires them to do a major rewrite of the beginning. It's just easier on everybody to wait.
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks.
@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
Sure why not...If you think you have something good and others think you do..so go for it. It is hard though...I am a writer myself..and still have yet to complete a book. I am however now getting together my second poetry book for publication..and have other projects. Good luck and I think that you should try it..what can you lose?
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks.
@blastrail (347)
• India
26 Jan 07
I am also thinking of starting to write short mystery or suspense or action stories. Later I can write big novels. I get dreams which have some suspense and action. But I only need to restructure them to make a nice story. It takes time and I need to know about a lot of things like the clothes, dresses, expressions etc. I will first do some research on inital settings and then start writing the stories. How are you going to do? Are you starting directly or do you have some experience in writing short stories? Which genre are you going to write?
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
This is my first time writing. My husband has more experince in writing then me. He just got his first book published and will be helping me with mine as well.
• United States
26 Jan 07
As a freelance writer/aspiring novelist; I say that if you feel passionate about writing your life story...do it! I am working on one of my own, but it is what's called "creative nonfiction". It's a daunting task, especially in the beginning to start and organize your life in book form. I feel it's worth it though, I have been able to come to terms with some of the issues of the past and they no longer affect me in the same way. I have several sites about writing your own story that have been very helpful to me. Let me know if you are intested and I will post them. Good luck to you.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Sure, please give me over the information of the sites you know of, Thanks.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
This first site is one that helps you organize your writing. The style may not be right for you, but it is one method to try that has worked for many. http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html This site has some good stories, and her blog has some good advice also. http://www.memoriesandmemoirs.com/ This site is good for getting ideas about how others write their stories, it also has some very good advice. http://www.memoircafe.com/pages.php?which_page=home Writer's Digest is just a must for anyone that is writing. http://www.writersdigest.com/ And, another great memoir site: http://www.kporterfield.com/memoir/Memoir_Index.html I hope these help. Please keep us updated on how you are doing. If I can help in anyway, let me know, I'd be happy to.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thank you so much for the websites you listed. I will keep you posted.
26 Jan 07
why dont you try submitting a chapter to http://www.hubpages.com and make some money at the same time you will get feed back from the other authors who write there.
• United States
26 Jan 07
That may or may not be a good a idea. It depends, if the author ever wants to be published in "book" form. Many publishers don't want the works/words of a novel, previously published, especially on the web. You can add blurbs to promote your work, after it has been published. Also, whatever site you post your work on, make sure you know the copyright rules of that site. Some say that once you post on their site, they own the copyright.
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26 Jan 07
on hubpages the author owns the work
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• Pakistan
27 Jan 07
sharon well in my opinion "yes" you can start writing a novel. You know sharing your life experience can help others to view the different aspects of life. So this is my opinion to not only you but to everyone on this network that please share you life experiences.
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks, I definately will.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
27 Jan 07
My advice would be yes, go ahead and write your story, if you are going to enjoy the experience. I have written a novel, but I'm not satisified it's ready for publishing just yet, so I'm getting some copies printed and will see the reaction from various people. You can always have your book bublished by Lulu, it's not expensive, and at least you can get a copy, and give other copies to family and friends as presents. Good luck with your venture.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks. I love your picture.
@kellahinx (372)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I have not heard that it is extremely hard to get published, just hard to make money off of your book. You could probably find someone to publish your book if it is good, but I wouldn't expect to make a living off of it. I would say there is no harm in trying; go for it.
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• Philippines
26 Jan 07
writting actually is a way of releasing stress and frustration in life. if you feel like writting then do so. my sister's life story (a part of it, where she was convicted due to overstatying in a different country) was publish on their chruch manual and was mass produce internationally (countries with the church branches)... some of them also told her to write a book about her. all her mishaps also.... well.... apparently, she already moved on and happier now. :) my dear, if you are really passionate and willing to share to everyone what's your experiences... do so, i think my sister finally moved on... after her story was known by all her church mates. Good Luck to you... Hope you'll send us a copy of your book some day! :)
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I think that if you have the time to do it, DO it. even if you do not end up getting it published, it will be an accomplishment that you will enojoy with or without success, and if you have children or plan to then it could be something they might enjoy too, I say go for it. If your seriously thinking baout it then its obviously something you would really like to do. so give er!
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks
@SignMe (1031)
• India
27 Jan 07
Hay you must start writing. Start with whatever you have in mind. Later you can refine into an interesting biography. You can also hire some professional writers for final touch up :)
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Have you ever done any writing before? Like short stories or articles? Unless you have some experience in writing, it might be difficult to start out writing a novel. I am not saying this to dissuade you from writing a novel. The competetion is fierce and unless you have writing experience, your chances are less. If you love writing and have written before, go for it. I would suggest that if you have not written before, you could write for Associated Content and publish articles of your choice. They even pay a small amount for articles. It would be great practice for you to become a polished writer. I don't know your background, but if you really want to be a writer, then decide to do it. Think about it and be ready to do anything you have to do to get it done. You might be able to get a ghost writer to write your novel. I am not sure how to go about this. You can search on the Internet and find umlimited info about writing. Watch out for the scammers that charge you to publish a book. If you can , get some advice from someone who has written books and articles.
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@gemini13 (333)
• India
27 Jan 07
i say go ahead ...i always wanted to write...but i haven't reached that..point....so i say u do it....and don't forget to inform me...coz am looking forward to read about ur life....all the bets
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks, Sorry to hear about your loss with your mom. It must have been difficult for you. Did you see the movie The girls with the traveling pants with Alexis Blidel. One of the girls lost her mom at the age of 17. She found her love and managed to move on. You could never stop thinking about your loved ones who left us only in your heart.
• India
27 Jan 07
start writtnig dude....
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks dude.
@hellfire (187)
• India
27 Jan 07
i think that thats a really great idea.. hope you really make it big like jkr and jrr tolkien... wishing you good luck...
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks a whole bunch
@ddm610 (117)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
if you believe your story will really inspire a lot of people then go for it! :) i just think you will have difficulties when it comes to marketing your book, but if you have networks/contacts then it can be successful.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks bunch
@6sa6an6 (115)
• India
27 Jan 07
Starting a novel is a great idea.That too your own story,if it has lots of twists,like a movie story,then you will succeed.All the best for your novel.Whatever yo do,do it right and do it today.
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks. Unfortunately, India was one of the countries I haven't gotten around to visit yet. But I hope to do so soon.
• India
27 Jan 07
ya u can search in net..u can findd..i wish u good luck
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
28 Jan 07
thanks