September 19, 2013
I want to tell stories that convey ideas and I want to write them in a way that makes people read them for fun. Developing the ideas that I want convey comes quite naturally, but my confidence regarding storytelling is rather low. Hemingway said once that any decent writer should have an unfailing gut-feeling for what is crap and what is not. Well, I seem to lack it. In 2008 I completed a manuscript for a novel and had it evaluated. I was rather disappointed by the response, but soon found that everything the reviewer had said about it was well founded. The storyline was indeed blurry. I did indeed not manage to make the four point-of-view characters distinct enough and so on. I got useful suggestions on how to improve the novel, but there was not enough time (or confidence). I see my old novel manuscript as a series of building blocks that I want to rearrange, improve and combine with new ideas.
Here is my wish-list: * Be among people who do not find it utterly ridiculous that a guy like me should write a story. * See what others do to to learn from them. * Get feedback a bit earlier than after a year's work. * Meet interesting people.
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I am a member of the London Futurists and it was suggested by Meetup
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I was born in Vienna, studied and worked in Germany, lived nearly 30 years in South Africa, have been in the UK for the last 4 years and have recently moved to London. I earn my money as translator (German-English).