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Old 11-30-2013, 06:06 PM
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Default Hello Everyone

Hello. I've never really been one for posting on forums, so excuse me if I come across as a bit stiff. I've been writing for a few years now, about three I think. My writing tends to get a bit wordy, according to the people I've shown it to. I hope that isnt too much of a problem here. Stories just kind of get away from me and before I know it, I've written about three pages and the plot hasnt even gotten rolling yet. One of my main problems is that I dont think my characters are really all that good, and I find dialogue to be hard. I guess I'll just let you guys decide what you think for yourselves.

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Old 12-01-2013, 12:36 AM
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Glad to have you here, Kosmo.

We all have out little gripes with the craft, so don't worry there.

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:00 AM
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Hi! Dialogue is tuff to master on any given story I'd say, but don't let it discourage you, Kosmo. Try using it as a tool to drive your plot along instead of wordy description where applicable. Make your characters take center stage, they will appreciate it!

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:46 AM
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lol Bagit

Hi Kosmo, nice to meet you. I have sort of the same problem you have, except I have all the characters in my head and no idea how to start about half the stories I think of for them.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:29 AM
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Hi Kosmo! Good to have you around!

Character development is something that comes with getting to know your characters in detail. That can be a difficult thing to do by yourself, but maybe the Character Clinics here can help you with that. You create a thread from the point of view of your character, and members ask the character questions, which you answer from their point of view. This might help you give them a little more depth. I know it helped me tremendously in developing my novel. It might be worth taking a look at

Also, something that might help in developing your own writing skills, is to critique the work of others. By reading pieces by other members and critiquing their dialogue -- what was good, what was less good and how can that be solved? -- you learn how to look more critically at your own work and make it better in the process. Plus, you get to know members around the boards!

Have fun, and I hope to see you around! Grab a cup of crunchy tea and a lollipop
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I hope you find the feedback you need. Welcome!
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