let me introduce myself, as this is my first post.
My name is Salva, I'm an Italian living in Finland. I've been an avid reader since the age of 9 (getting close to 30, now), but never much of a writer. I haven't written anything, if you don't count an unfinished novel experiment when I was probably twelve, now lost in time, and some short stories for the amusement of some friends.
You know what my problem is, right now? I want to write, but I realize my English is far from being good enough. Sure, I can write in a grammatically correct way, save the occasional mistake. Sure, if I'm writing personal messages, emails or anything else which is purely colloquial, you won't necessarily notice that I'm not a native English speaker (although you might, mind you!). The thing is that when I'm reading, and especially if I'm reading some beautiful prose, I will
understand everything, and I will
need to look up only a handful of words per book, but I will also realize that so many of the words I understand and know, and so many of the constructs or idioms I recognize, I wouldn't have used myself.
My writing ends up being dull, poor and just plain forgettable.
I know what you're thinking.
"Well then just write in your mother-tongue, uh?"
I have lived abroad for 5 years, and as I got more and more fascinated with the English language, I've been reading nothing but English. Except a few calls to my parents back home, and the very easy Italian I speak to my wife, who's learning it, I speak very little of my mother-tongue. And, with the disuse, I got increasingly worse at it. To the point that I can know write English in a much more proficient and natural way.
Add to all this the fact that I have stories I want to tell. That I don't feel much trouble in the art of planning a plot (well within the boundaries of an amateur with no experience, though). That I would love to be
I know, I know. You've heard it a thousand times. And if you had a penny for each time you did... Never mind.
So I thought I'd show you something I recently wrote. It might be confusing, but it's just a first draft. Maybe half a draft. It's the beginning of a story.
What I would like to know is: are my shortcomings surmountable? Is the language to plain, dull and boring. Would you read a novel written like that?
Here it is, please download it and have a look (you don't really have to read all the 15 pages!):
(please just copy-paste it in your browser,
because I cannot post links before I have at least 10 posts).
Thank you very much for the help which I know will flood me