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PostSubject: Our unsung heroes   Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:47 am

For Those who have inspired you to follow this path. . .



In the light of 1st daughters post on the 'let off steam' thread, i stared this thread.


when/if ever i do get published i always knew that in the 'acknowledgement' section i would thank my secondary school (highschool) english teacher for both believing that i had talent and for making me love english and poetry through her amazing teaching.

So i thought for those of us who haven't gotten the 'acknowledgement' section yet, this could be a thread for talking about those amazing people who have inspired you to become a writer.

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:07 am

For me, it wasn't anyone at school - since I didn't start writing fiction until my 40s! I had some wonderful teachers, who encouraged me in other directions, but I never even tried any creative writing so there was nothing for them to nurture!

For me, the main support and encouragement I had was from other novice writers on a fanfic site, where we all started out as beginners together, reading one another's work and offering support and ideas. A bit like the Writer's Chronicle forum, really!

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:58 am

I would probably thank my older brother for proofreading everything I write (even though he doesn't read. At all. Much less romantic-fantasy novels). He's definitely number one. I'd dedicate it to him.

Hmmm maybe I would thank my teacher Ms. Rizza who I've had for two years. She was not only my English (and soon to be Creative Writing) teacher, but also she is the Reflections (we make the literary magazine) advisor. I never really got so serious about writing until her class. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:55 pm

Thanks so much Em! What happened to me was a real eye opener. It's so important to thank and recognize those in our lives who direct and guide us; some without their knowledge. None of us do it on our own, even if it's a famous author who inspired us, we still wouldn't driven without their example.

As I mentioned in the 'Let Off Stem' thread my flute professor is someone who, over the last three years has played a very important part of my life. She helped me remember who I was after having my first child and know I wasn't just a mom I was more than that. She helped me to seek out new ways to define myself and by so doing I discovered a story teller I never knew existed. And on top of all that she helped me remember how much my music was important to me, having left it behind years before I met her. She has been a true inspiration to me and I pray that she continues to do better.

I'd also of course have to thank my parents and my husband. But also my children, because through the difficulty that was becoming a mother, I found who I really am. What a journey.

Well, I'm going to stop blathering, because I could go on for days and I want to hear about everyone else. Thanks for the post Em!
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:34 pm

No problem 1st - you were the inspiration !!! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:07 am

I would thank this forum, definitely, The Writing Magazine and , my family and people who taught me English.
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:31 am

oh yeah good on you ReNU!! I totally would give yeh ladies all a shout out

"To the WC, my writing life support"

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:24 am

I would thank my high school Social Studies teacher {weird right?} because he read my whole novel and loved it, and helped inspire me with ideas for the other nine in the series!

I'd also shout out to this sight also, even though I've only been a member for a few days, it seems like this is a family so I'd gladly shout out to WC and hopefully i can fit into this family ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:45 am

Wow, I wish my teachers were that awesome.

I'd have to agree. This site has helped me so much already <3
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:26 pm

^^ some teachers are just harder to get to be awesome than others, i know mine was hard at first, but i'm stubborn and i wore him down ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:38 pm

All my Global teacher did this year was stop in the middle of her sentences and complained that she had a headache and that she forgot what she was going to say. D8

Though my English teacher/Reflections (writing club) adviser read a few of my chapters. :3
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:41 pm

Did they like them or help you with them? if so I'd say their awesome XD

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:15 pm

Yeah, she was awesome :3 (Ms. Rizza--she did both). She definitely helped with the grammar and flow. I send her things all the time now >w< I still do. Ahh the magic of email. <3
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:51 pm

Haha yeah email is amazing too!

ooo wouldn't it be weird if some one shouted out to email in their thing? O.o

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:57 pm

I think I could write a whole chapter on thanking everyone. But I guess that's really what multiple published stories are for right? Smile

I'd definitely thank everyone here for being so supportive. I would add the high school I worked at for 2 years for the same. The people I worked with kept pushing me forward. Then there's my hubby and daughter and rest of the family. Also 3 teachers especially for what they taught me. 2 are English teachers and 1 is a photography teacher.

Then there's the musicians and authors who have given me inspiration through their words and music.
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:02 pm

-claps claps- i think that right there would be perfect for a 'thank you' section...you just need the names ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:07 pm

Thanks! Yeah, I know most of the names, so that won't be a problem when it comes down to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:51 pm

Not a problem ^^ i'm having a hard time myself deciding how to brake down all my thanks into ten books ><

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:46 am

Well i think that in the way i would do it is say

"thank you to my family, friends and all those who have helped me achieve my dream. A special thanks to the constant support of my parents, brothers and sister, my friends - from secondary, university and those on the net (WC Wink ) and to two teachers who inspired me to etc. etc. "

Something like that. i wouldn't go into names but definitelty would thank all of yeh here ladies Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:18 am

Yeah that seems great ^^ i would definitely tell people about this site in my thank you!

I think mine might have a few names, just so that they know i really care and appreciate their help and encouragement!

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:35 pm

Is it better to have just a couple of dedication lines on a page, or a separate "Acknowledgements", like in a thesis? I'm all for the latter.
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:39 pm

I think its whatever your preference is

i'd like a dedication and a big long acknowledgement page Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:44 pm

Lol thesis hangover Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:46 pm

ReNu wrote:
Is it better to have just a couple of dedication lines on a page, or a separate "Acknowledgements", like in a thesis? I'm all for the latter.

emilycross wrote:
i'd like a dedication and a big long acknowledgement page Wink

Dedications & Acknowledgments are different.
Dedications are the bit at the front where it says 'For X, with love' or something similar. "This book is for Y, so many thank yous" - stuff like that. The acknowledgments can be at either the start or end, and that's where you thank your agent, editor, parents & budgie.

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PostSubject: Re: Our unsung heroes   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:48 pm

Thanks dae...in theses we have just the one page for both, with a couple of paragraphs thanking people who helped, and dedicating it to parents or the like.
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