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How can I show others my writing without feeling doubtful/self-conscious?

Question Posted Thursday April 4 2013, 1:56 pm

Hello! I'm 14/F. The question is clear. ☆彡I enjoy writing. I find this other world I can look forward to when I write. I'm not the best writer, never will be. I've also never shown anyone my work except teachers and friends I don't talk to anymore. I just desire for some feedback on my writing so I can improve. But I'm doubtful. My older sister has been the writer of the family, and she's really good. She has good stories in mind and is just better than me. I'm left feeling discouraged. (_ _).。o○ Is there a way where I can feel comfortable showing my work? I keep thinking others will be bored with what I'm writing, so that's another reason why. Thanks! (^o^)/ (Also sorry if this is rather long)

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adviceman49 answered Friday April 5 2013, 10:58 am:
There are many of us that like to write. I like to write not that I'm looking to publish. I write for self-pleasure and to occupy my mind now that I'm retired.

Have you ever typed into a search engine; "How to write better." I just did and it returned a number of good places to visit. You may want to try this as well.

There are also online schools for writing where teachers and writers will review your writing and make suggestions. These programs charge for their service. Given your age if you wish to enroll in one of these I would suggest you ask your parents to review these websites with you as many are bogus and only looking for your money. They really do not return much in the way of help.

If you wish to enroll in one of these schools you need to do some research as to how viable they are. When you find one that is viable then you need to contact them, tell them about yourself, including your age and what your writing goals are. They will probably ask for a sample of your writing or give you an assignment to do so they can examine your writing skills.

One suggestion I see for your letter to us. There are some characters in your note that I'm not sure if you put them in or our computer is interpreting them with one exception that being (^0^).

When writing anything, even to us, try not to use Internet shorthand or street slang. Always use your best grammar and spelling as this is the only way the person or persons who are reading what you write have of judging who you are. Part of this judging is how mature you are. For the most part your note was well written and I understood what you were trying to tell us.

If you enjoy writing for the pleasure and peace it brings you then you should continue to do so. If you want to improve your skills so to some day be a professional writer you can do that as well. We are not born perfect we learn just about everything we need to do in life. Writing is just one of many.

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HeretoHelp418 answered Thursday April 4 2013, 11:12 pm:
Um if you post it on a website somewhere you could post the link on my wall?

Ah I know what you mean. I love writing too! And well if they are close friends or relatives you want to show it to then I'm sure they wouldnt mind reading your stuff, if you're really unsure then ask them their honest opinion if they really like it and if they really wanna read it or not. If they don't , don't be discouraged. You're still young and you will improve and get better and you want honest opinions if they arent always what you like dont worry, just try again and strive to get better. If you want you could make a fanfic or go on some website where u could post your stories or excerpts of your stories and it would be anonymous. And people could read it if they want and then make comments and make suggestions and you'll know what you could improve on. But don't worry or be self conscious or discouraged youll get better and even if your first drafts and stories are boring, theyre just your first works. Its okay! I hope that helped. And I'd love to read your stories if you dont mind you could post a link to them or something on my profile. I like reading other young writers stories as I am one myself:) good luck

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