Hi, this is my first post here! I wanted to ask a few things about writing a novel. When I was a teenager I was always writing novels. I never finished any of them though! There must be about 20 of them, with characters and rough plots all worked out. I've kept them all this time. Well, I'm 25 now, so I've had them about 10 years. I pulled them all out and started looking through them. I've picked one story, and ripped it to bits, corrected it, added bits and started working to finish it off.
Eventually I'd like to try and get it published. I feel like it might appeal to teenagers since I was a teen when I started it. I just have to update it a little bit by adding in some ipods, internet and other stuff which wasn't around "in my day!"
I have a begining, middle and end, and lots of incidents that happen in between, but I'm having trouble getting a good flow through it. If that makes sense? I mean I'm finding writing the bits that connect between the begining, middle and end difficult. I just don't know how much to put in. I don't want to go on and on and bore people to death with useless information, but then again I can't just jump straight in.
I have serious doubts that my writing is good enough. I've never really "learned" to write. I wondered if it would be worth going on a writing course? In the UK we have The Open University, which allows you to study at home. They have a writing course, http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C01A174
Unfortunately it is quite expensive. Also i don't work well under pressure! I write because I enjoy it, whenever I find the time. I don't like the idea of having to write something someone else has chosen in a certain time frame. I don't know if my writing is bad or not. I have read some novels lately and looked quite critcally at the writing. A few of them I wondered "how the heck did that get published!?" Does the quality of writing really matter in a cheesey teenage romance novel? I like my stories! But will other people???
I think that was everything I wanted to ask! Being a SAHM, I think it would be really cool to be able to bring in some extra income through writing.