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ned83

Location: Waterford, Ireland

Member Since: February 2013

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I suppose I first took a notion to start writing around the age of 13. It was songs then, the sort of mushy, sloppy pop ballads prevalent on the local radio airwaves day and night. Well, that was what I aspired to at the time, though looking back over the sprawling verses I still have in old copybooks never fails to make me cringe. To call these beginners attempts woeful is too kind.

The desire to succeed as a songwriter held sway over my fledgling creative abilites well into my twenties though by and by they gave way to budding aspirations within the world of fiction. I've been writing short stories and made a few stuttering attempts at a novel which petered out, though now I'm working on a children’s book which I'm well on the way to completing. The one overriding thought in my head keeping my mind focused this time is "JUST GET THE DAMN THING WRITTEN!" Whatever the end result let others be the judge, not that niggling voice in my head forever quacking "your story sucks . . . why bother . . . no one will like it . . . give up!". Like many, I'm my own worst critic. Perhaps once I've posted a few of my creations here others will be even harsher - but then any feedback can only help! 

All that said I'm excited to see what others make of the things I've written. Apprehensive, but excited. After all I've never let anyone else read any fiction I've created - fearful of a somewhat biased review from those I know personally I suppose - and can't help but wonder how I'll compare to others who've been posting here long before me. 

For anyone who has taken the time to read all this and anything I'll be posting henceforth, I thank you and ask just one thing, perhaps unnecessarily: be honest, brutal if need be, but don't hold back on that critical tongue!

Ned83

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