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        01-09-2009, 07:34 AM
    The main point to be noted here is that we are humans. We are built to express our views, thoughts through different mediums. Where some people write and express their life experiences, some sing and some paint and some through photography express themselves.

    It is part of our nature and I think a very big gift from God.

    Regardless of what you write, there are people who can tell your personality by just looking at your writing pattern. You can't really hide your thoughts and views. One or the other way, you will speak up and sometimes you will really get amazed that how someone would start talking about you even though he has never met you.

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        01-10-2009, 07:20 PM
    No but I do keep a journal if that counts. I enjoy writing but I have zero imagination so stories or poems are out of the question but I find very therapeutic to keep a journal.
        01-11-2009, 02:03 PM
    Authors always advise aspiring young writers to read lots, and read widely. I definitely agree with this, but I think there is something they are forgetting to say.

    Think about what you read. A level English Literature has so hugely developed my ability to write and also my enjoyment of what I read. You can't write well without a) strange luck or b) an understanding of what makes good writing. And what makes good writing is literary technique.

    The more you analyse and understand different texts, and learn how the author uses language, form and structure to create an effect, the better you will be able to do so yourself.

    And I found it really fun, too.
        01-11-2009, 09:35 PM
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    I think I could write a story that teenagers would enjoy, like a mystery... or even a dime-store romance but I don't think I could write something w/ symbolism and all that stuff... it won't be a novel that wins awards... But I am going to write something someday.......
        01-12-2009, 06:07 AM
    I'd suggest to start writing it here and keep posting it and I am sure alot of us would love to read it and once it becomes like a book, get it published and when you become a millionaire please share some cash with us . J.k

        01-12-2009, 08:13 AM
    "Writing something with symbolism and stuff"

    Yes, symbolism is a technique authors can use. But seriously, literary technique is not 'symbolism and stuff'. The more you know and understand about imagery, form, structure, and how language can be manipulated to create an effect, the better your writing will be.

    Next time you're reading something, try and see if you can detect ways in which the author's use of words creates a feeling, image, emotion or effect.
        01-12-2009, 08:19 AM
    Claire I am very much surprise that you haven't written a book yet!

    Write something which can make people like me to read more books

        01-12-2009, 10:04 AM
    To write a good book you need an original concept or idea. I'm not very good at coming up with those :P
        01-12-2009, 10:14 AM
    Ok lets make a deal, I give you an idea you make it a book ?

        01-12-2009, 11:20 AM
    No thanks, I can't write to order xD

    The thing is ... you hear about 'books that make people want to read' and 'experiments that will make people enjoy science'. As someone who devours books and loves science, I get a bit confused by these concepts.

    The thing is, I read because it's like breathing. I can understand the concept of a good book being intimidating, but surely a good book is going to be more enjoyable than something rubbish, and so should draw people in more?

    And as for liking science, well ... people who love science weren't drawn in by things going bang, though those experiments are fun too. We actually find the 'boring stuff' really exciting. Right now I'm enjoying deriving the laminar sub-layer thickness in a turbulent boundary layer.

    But back to writing - there are so many different things one can do when they like to write. You can try and attempt an original novel, you can write fanfiction, there's also interactive storytelling in the form of role-playing, original or for a fandom. Read, explore, enjoy yourself. Not everything you write has to be of good quality. But if you want to get better, you do need to start thinking more about the technical aspects of your writing. It's the same as any artform - a master of painting didn't get that way by accident, they had to learn about how to draw a scene and use the paint and brushes.

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