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User avatar #173 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I want to become an author, but I have no ******* clue where to start.
User avatar #343 to #173 - Klondyke (11/28/2013) [-]
I'm gonna sound really stupid here but... just write. It could be anything - you could keep a journal, write up a story of a game you've played or even a short story. Read and re-read your stories and each time you'll get better. There's also places online where people submit their written work and you could ask them for advice on how to write with more eloquence. I ******* love that word

I want to be an author too, and all of that is basically what I did. Soon, I hope, I'll be going to university to study creative writing, even though I've seen people say that studying English won't get you much. I say go for it, get a job in some publishing place where you'll get the opportunity to read others people's works and learn from them.
User avatar #346 to #343 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
I love that word as well, and thanks for the advice.
User avatar #218 to #173 - tinglyturtletaint (11/27/2013) [-]
You just start writing. Read a lot of books and pay attention to how things are written and take away whatever you can. Don't just read good books though. Read stuff that is generally considered horrible so you know what to avoid (I don't mean things like twilight where the subject matter is crap because at the very least twilight was written decently.) Go onto websites where people post amateur stories and read a lot of those, read the good and the bad, read the comments to see what people point out. Fan fiction websites are good for this because they attract everything from very good, to horrible mary sue self insert horse **** . Then when you feel as though you may have a grasp on it, write some fanfic to start so you don't need to develop characters as they already have canon personalities and such. Then be ready for some praise and plenty of hate as well and remember not to lose your cool and to try to take the information they give as opinions as info to help you grow.
User avatar #221 to #218 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Thank you. Seriously, thank you. I no idea where to get started.
User avatar #203 to #173 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
And idea that won't flop is probably the best place to start.
User avatar #206 to #203 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
What I mean is where can I learn how to write. I not very good at fleshing out ideas in the long term, so it would be difficult for me regardless of how good my idea is.
User avatar #287 to #206 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
Pennsylvania.
User avatar #288 to #287 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
Nevermind, I stuck in "good" ole Tennessee.
User avatar #291 to #288 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
Ah well.
User avatar #293 to #291 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
Anyway, I'll get that to you within the next two weeks.
User avatar #295 to #293 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
Alright, cool.
User avatar #290 to #288 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
*I'm*
User avatar #207 to #206 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
The only place where you can learn to write a good book is your own mind. The best books stem from dreams/daydreams.
User avatar #214 to #207 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I have a **** ton of ideas in my head, I just don't know how to flesh them out onto paper.
User avatar #215 to #214 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Just start. You'll pop something out that isn't rubbish eventually. Do you think Harry Potter is exactly how JK wrote it the first time she tried?
User avatar #217 to #215 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Maybe.
User avatar #247 to #217 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
People still read the books, right? No one will think you're a ****** writer if there's some mistakes.
User avatar #249 to #247 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I'm worried about trying to make it my primary source of income. If I work somewhere, then I won't have time to write, and if I do somehow make it, what if something bad happens? Something like my publisher going under, or I get a really bad case of writer's block that last for months, or even years at a time? What if I hit a dead end with a story, and cannot take it anywhere? What ******* if?
User avatar #253 to #249 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Look dude, at this point the only thing in your way of writing a successful book is yourself. Forget what can go wrong and ******* go for it. This is quite possibly the most inspirational I have ever been or will ever be.
User avatar #256 to #253 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I'll go for it. Let's say I typed something up, how could I let you read it? I don't go on deviantart, can you post text files on there?
User avatar #261 to #256 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Ok. I'll whip something up, and post it in about a fortnight.
User avatar #258 to #256 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Copy paste it into comments on my profile.
User avatar #263 to #258 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I really ****** that up.
I'll get something to you in about two weeks.
User avatar #264 to #263 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Alright, cool, I'll try to keep this computer from being stolen too until then.
User avatar #265 to #264 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
How'd your last one get stolen?
User avatar #269 to #265 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Couple of less than friendly ******* african-american gentlemen broke in to my house while my 14 year old sister was the only one home. Took the Xbox and laptop, raped her, and left 2 minutes before I got home. I'd have been there if my mom hadn't stopped at my grandmothers to pick up the leaf blower. We'd have two dead bodies instead of missing an Xbox and Laptop had I been there.
User avatar #274 to #269 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
I don't know if it helps, but give your sister my condolences.
User avatar #277 to #274 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
"Oh, hey Katy, some dude on the internet gives you his condolences" lol
but yeah, thank you.
User avatar #280 to #277 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
How long ago was this?
User avatar #283 to #280 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
Friday.
User avatar #275 to #271 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
Yep. So now I'm home alone on the ancient desktop that's too slow for me to upload a picture with my comments, with a knife, flashlight, and cane next to me.
User avatar #278 to #275 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
You're prepared.
User avatar #282 to #278 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
All I need now is a laptop, an xbox 360, skryim (which was in the xbox), all 4.55 gb of porn on my laptop (some were solos of me to send to people), and two heads mounted on stakes on my front yard.
User avatar #286 to #282 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
Where do you live, maybe I could give you a hand with that last one
User avatar #284 to #282 - heartlessrobot (11/28/2013) [-]
*skyrim
User avatar #220 to #217 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
**** maybe, **** doubt, **** everything. You wanna write? Put everything into it. You'll never get around to doing it if you don't start. You'll hit a wall. Several. Just keep working at it, you'll end with a masterpiece. Comment your name or something, I'll be looking for it in Barnes and Noble in 10 years.
User avatar #222 to #220 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
My name's Nathan Jones, and it's actually one of my dreams to go into Hastings to see one of my books on the shelf.
User avatar #223 to #222 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
**** dude, that even sounds like it belongs in the Author section on a book. A lot of writers actually change their name so it can make it to a publisher.
User avatar #224 to #223 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
What do you mean that it sounds like it belongs in the Author section?
User avatar #225 to #224 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
It sounds like it should be on the cover of a book right below the title. Like, how some names sound like an author and some don't.
User avatar #228 to #225 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
It just doesn't sound like an author's name to me. Names like J.K. Rowling and James Patterson sound like names you'd see underneath a title. It seems to me that names that have at least four syllables, sound better than a name with three or two.
User avatar #230 to #228 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Darren Shan, Stephen King, to name just two. Both are 3 syllables. Nathan Jones sounds just fine to me.
User avatar #233 to #230 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Who's Darren Shan?
User avatar #238 to #235 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Stephen King has a sense of gravitas to his name. Nathan Jones, to me, doesn't sound very authoritative.
User avatar #239 to #238 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
Not yet it doesn't. Make it that way.
User avatar #241 to #239 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
What about grammar? I'm not very good at knowing when to punctuate run-on sentences.
User avatar #243 to #241 - heartlessrobot (11/27/2013) [-]
You have heard of editors right? Books get run past them several times before going to print, and then they're proof read between the printers and the shelves.
User avatar #245 to #243 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
The thing is, editors do miss things. My younger brother is reading The House of Hades, and there are multiple spelling, and grammatical errors. There are even some some minor words missing. By minor words, I mean the word, "a" is missing a lot.
User avatar #174 to #173 - theshinypen (11/27/2013) [-]
With a pencil
User avatar #177 to #174 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Ha ha ha. Your are so ******* funny. I'm not ******* kidding, that is by far the funniest ******* thing that I've ever heard in my 19 years of life. Picture me just sitting here, looking for actual ******* advice on how to start a career as an author, and you come along, and spout on of the most useless, ******* retarded things that I needed to know.




TLR: Go **** yourself.
#270 to #177 - thatoneiranianguy ONLINE (11/27/2013) [-]
With that spelling and grammar I think you should give up your dream to become an author.
User avatar #273 to #270 - vortexrain (11/28/2013) [-]
I am tired, **** off.
#184 to #177 - noonecares (11/27/2013) [-]
You're asking a funny picture / meme sharing site for life/career advice. The only thing I picture sitting there is a retard.

Grow a sense of humor; if you're on a site like this, expect non-serious joke answers.
User avatar #186 to #184 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I'm ******* plastered right now, so as far as I'm concerned, you can all go **** yourselves.
User avatar #178 to #177 - paradenoire (11/27/2013) [-]
Well... For one; Might want to learn how to actually use commas and how to structure a sentence...
User avatar #181 to #178 - nightmaren (11/27/2013) [-]
I don't see what's wrong with his sentence.
User avatar #182 to #181 - paradenoire (11/27/2013) [-]
Then you shouldn't be a writer either.
User avatar #183 to #182 - nightmaren (11/27/2013) [-]
Or maybe you should explain to me what the problem is, because that's how I've always used commas.
User avatar #191 to #183 - paradenoire (11/27/2013) [-]
Ha ha ha. Your are so ******* funny. I'm not ******* kidding, that is by far the funniest ******* thing that I've ever heard in my 19 years of life. Picture me just sitting here, looking for actual ******* advice on how to start a career as an author, and you come along, and spout on of the most useless, ******* retarded things that I needed to know.

Ha ha ha, you are so ******* funny. I'm not ******* kidding. That is by far the funniest ******* thing that I've ever heard in my 19 years of life. Picture me; Just sitting here looking for actual ******* advice on how to start a career as an author. Then you come and spout off about the most useless, ******* retarded things that I needed to know.

#292 to #191 - pkrbarmoviea (11/28/2013) [-]
You are a ****** editor. If you want to keep the true content of the sentence but make it eloquent, then it should be written in this way:

"Ha ha ha. You're so ******* funny. I'm not ******* kidding; that is by far the funniest ******* thing that I've ever heard in my 19 years of life.

"Picture me just sitting here, looking for actual ******* advice on how to start a career as an author, and you coming along and spouting off the most useless, ******* retarded things that I needed to know."

You SHOULD normally use commas before an "and" especially when it binds two clauses together.
User avatar #209 to #191 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
The "Your are" part was me just typing too fast to realise what I had typed.
I was never very good at understanding where to use commas, and semicolons.
The "spout on of" part was supposed to read," spout on of..". Again, I was typing to fast to realise what I was typing.
User avatar #185 to #183 - theshinypen (11/27/2013) [-]
no commas before 'and', he has two.
User avatar #212 to #185 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
Please explain why I shouldn't have used commas. I'm not very good at figuring out where to use commas and semicolons.
User avatar #187 to #185 - nightmaren (11/27/2013) [-]
Oh, I didn't know that he was referring to the spoiler. I'm an idiot.
Yeah, that rant in the spoiler's ****** . I thought he was talking about his original comment.
User avatar #194 to #187 - paradenoire (11/27/2013) [-]
then would you mind upvoting me back to normal?
User avatar #195 to #194 - nightmaren (11/27/2013) [-]
Sure thing. I don't know if you're accusing me of being the one who thumbed you down though. The question mark button next to the thumbs shows you who thumbed you up or down.
User avatar #198 to #195 - paradenoire (11/27/2013) [-]
I wasn't previously aware of that! Thank you, kind stranger.
User avatar #179 to #178 - vortexrain (11/27/2013) [-]
I'm tired as **** right now, so grammer be damned.
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