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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2016, 03:17:00 PM »
The best jab at creative writing is to start a blog. This would serve as a reference point for your proficiency which would also enable you to submit samples to creative writing magazines which would hire those who are already knee deep into the field. I would recommend that teens concentrate on short stories and poems and there are quite a number of sites that pay for the latter. I would also advice that they pay attention to flow, diction and uniqueness to create exciting pieces of literature that would pass muster.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2016, 08:39:39 PM »
Writing is not something that can make lots of money overnight. First, there are lots and lots of aspiring writers, so the competition is really keen. Next, there are also lots and lots of established writers so new writers are competing with veterans, not an easy task.

Does this mean that there is no hope for aspiring writers?

No, I don't mean that. I just wanted to point out what the real deal is. If you are into writing and write basically for the love of it, then you have a good chance of making headway in this field. If you are in this for quick money, then you will be disappointed very quickly.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2016, 01:30:28 PM »
This is quite a great idea because teens have a competitive spirit and would revel in such contests. However, I would recommend that since teens are impatient and restless, they should start with shorter tasks like surveys, forum posting and PTC sites though forum posting requires quite an input and fast thinking. They should then move to blogs as they polish up their writing skills before going into such contests and self publishing. This is the route I have adopted and is yielding dividends though the process is gradual but sure.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2016, 07:41:04 PM »
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@xTinx....I can certainly believe the one about needing the guts, too! I've always dreamt about doing something like writing an eBook or maybe even setting up an online magazine, but for some reason, I just can't. And at the very core of my procrastination is pure, unadulterated FEAR. If i could just free myself of this crippling fear, I could go ahead and give it a shot. I mean, it's not as if the world would come to an end if I didn't make it,  so I don't get why I'm so scared LOL

I really feel you there. Thoughts like, "What if my book doesn't sell? What if no one's interested?" can sometimes get in the way of making things happen. I guess you just need to focus and deliver, regardless what other people say. You can't put off actualizing your dreams for too long or it eventually loses its meaning. So  I wish you well and I know you can do it!

I am leaving my job to actually focus on writing something worthwhile - like it's my legacy to the next generation or something. :D


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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2016, 07:45:07 PM »
There are writing sites where you can publish your creative works. You can also publish on your blog. However, you must be aware that creative writings will not earn you much. In order to make money by publishing online you need a lot of traffic and for creative writings traffic is hard to come. The only way to make money decently from your creative work is by publishing ebooks, print books or print on demand books.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2016, 11:22:52 PM »
I believe the key to creative writing starts with the writing. The creative part comes later. I have seen many people wonder about what to write. It's like they don't want to start writing until they have something interesting to write about. I think that's putting the cart before the horse.

Start writing first. The easiest would be a diary. To write a diary you don't have to think about what to write. Just write about what happens to you during the day. That's easy. Then, as you go along, you learn to pick and choose from the many things which happen to you and you highlight some or write about some from a different angle. Aha, now you are getting creative. But, remember, to get creative, you have to start writing first.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2016, 12:19:51 PM »
When one writes, its important to go online as well as offline. Writing a hardback entails alot of work all the way from the beginning to the marketing stages. I would prefer to write an ebook instead since its easier to have a greater visibility that way and then launch a hardback after I have proven its success.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2016, 12:20:12 PM »
When one writes, its important to go online as well as offline. Writing a hardback entails alot of work all the way from the beginning to the marketing stages. I would prefer to write an ebook instead since its easier to have a greater visibility that way and then launch a hardback after I have proven its success.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2016, 01:55:57 AM »
Writing a book is always a long project. However, I think there's another way to do it. You can write in parts and publish the parts as you finish them. It makes your book begin life as a series. Then when you have enough parts written you can put them together into a book.

Doing it this way works to your benefit in two ways. One, it doesn't take too long for you to finish one part. When you publish it, there's a chance of getting some money. Two, as you publish each part, you can get feedback. That will help you to modify your next part to suit the market.

I believe there are a number of good books which began life as a series.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #39 on: October 17, 2016, 10:19:30 AM »
Self publishing is nice option to hone and earn from your writing skills. It requires creativity, patience and an eye for detail which are attributes not inherent in most teens. I would recommend starting out with a blog and then proceed to ebooks and other online work to keep going before finally settling for self publishing.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2016, 09:47:58 PM »
Yeah the options are pretty limited here, but I guess at least maybe that drives people to have a little more motivation if they really do wish to write creatively.  That is, they won't go in halfway and give it no effort, but I am really not sure that would play out.  It is interesting though and I hope that there are options out there for some people.

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Re: Creative Writing
« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2016, 06:18:12 PM »
It's a great idea, but a lot more time consuming that doing other online jobs. You need to be extremely good at writing which is uncommon. That said, if you're talented at this, you could go very far!

Congratulations on winning by the way!

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