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28-04-2012, 21:36   #281
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Hi. I joined the forum specifically for the writers' group. And now I can't think of what to write in my first post.

I'm in my thirties, live in Sheffield and have an interest in writing. I've done some creative writing classes, but although I enjoy the 'arty' stuff (poetry and short stories mostly) what I'm interested in is scripts and screenplays for film or (preferably) television. Crime drama especially, although not exclusively.

My current writing heros are Bruno Heller and Donald P. Bellisario, creators of The Mentalist and NCIS respectively. They're series aimed squarely at the popular market, so not too demanding, but witty and smart enough to keep me entertained (ignoring NCIS after it jumped the shark in series 5 - funnily enough about when Bellisario left).

Don't get me wrong, I love deeply things like The Wire and Wallander (Danish version only tho) but:
1) I could never write stuff as good as this, seriously never.
2) Ok, they got on TV - but check out how many countries NCIS is syndicated to.

I'd rather work out something that could sell and try and do it as well as possible, than write something great then have to work out how to sell it.

I joined the forum hoping someone with a similar point of view might be interested in helping develop some pilot scripts to submit to production companies. I have a few ideas and one or two mostly done treatments (is that the correct term? I mean like extended outlines), but I'm not sure if they're the sort of stuff that would work.

If there's anyone out there who recognises the dream and thinks they could help, please PM.

Anyhoo, thanks for reading.
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02-05-2012, 17:50   #282
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Hello, I joined the forum so I could have a go at writing. I have just submitted my first short story, go easy on me aye. I know I have some learning to do Jk
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04-05-2012, 08:22   #283
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Welcome Sci Fi and Marriot, I hope you both find what you're looking for in the group. Sci Fi, thank you for jumping straight in with a story in the monthly competition. Marriot, I well understand you wanting to write for a market, and I wish you the best of luck, but markets are such capricious things, it seems to me. TV producers would ideally like something exactly like the last thing that sold, but different. Yet, would you have predicted success for Dowton Abbey? Shameless? It's a tough one!
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08-05-2012, 22:07   #284
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Originally Posted by shoeshine View Post

Welcome to the Sheffield Forum Writers' Group.

Use this thread to introduce yourself to the other members and tell everyone a little bit about yourself.
My name is Eric I am 67 year old retired and bored , I had a job witch I loved and stretched my brain sorting out and solving problems (Job Estate Manager)
I am Married , we have a motor home and like travelling about.
I have had stories going around in my head for years and I would like to try and write a book to keep my brain simulated.
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26-05-2012, 16:55   #285
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Hello All
I write and draw Graphic Novels that are set in Sheffield under the company name CDComics. So far I've produced 12 comics to download off the Internet, that's 8 Graphic Novels on CDrom in Sheffield shops. The Surreal Murder Mysteries are proving most popular locally and Meadowhell: The True Horror of Shopping has been most successful. I have a blog at that has lots of sample pages and independent reviews from UK and US websites

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07-06-2012, 21:05   #286
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I've just moved back to Sheffield after four long years away in not-so-sunny Nottingham.

My favourite books to read are crime thrillers and where they are chasing an ancient artefact. I love David Baldacci especially the camel club series.

Over the years I have read all sorts and loved the three musketeers, Prisoner of Zenda and the Count of Monte Cristo although I never got Orlando.

I too love NCIS and the Mentalist, but my latest favourite was Inspector Montalbano, which has now finished, sadly.

I have dabbled as a writer for some time, but never finish any of the non fiction. I did used to blog for an online industry magazine which was quite well received.

I suppose I could always become a master criminal if this writing thing doesn't pan out.

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09-06-2012, 13:53   #287
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Welcome Eric, Craig and Frasier. Frasier, I have recently performed the return move from Sheffield to Nottingham (not entirely by choice I should add before you reprimand me) after three interesting years in Sheffield. I hope you will continue to dabble with the writing and maybe we can help you to finish something for a change. Cheerio
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17-06-2012, 11:30   #288
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Hi, all

Just joined this forum group and thought I would introduce myself.

I am an avid fan of fantasy novels, rings, song of ice and fire etc...

Looking forward to seeing what others have created and sharing some of my own work soon as well.
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17-08-2012, 09:38   #289
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I used to write a bit in my early teens but stopped after I decided to pursue a few careers, all of which ended before they started. I began to write a bit more before I finished college, and then decided that writing was the way forward, I went on to study Creative Writing at Edge Hill university. Currently reading and writing is what I spend most of my time doing and is the only thing I can imagine myself doing for years to come.

I'm hoping this group will give me a chance to look at other peoples work and a good source of critique for some of my own.
'The law of attraction never fails. Even if I sit right here all year, I'm still going to get to where I visualise myself to be.'
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18-08-2012, 15:26   #290
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Hey everyone, Im Lor.

I love reading and have recently rediscovered my love of writing. I'm very much a beginner, and have a few ideas of some non-fictions I want to write (when I get around to it!)

I've just returned to sunny Sheffield, having spent the last year teaching and travelling abroad. I landed myself in some pretty ridiculous situations at times which I write about in my blog.

I look forward to speaking with you all
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30-09-2012, 12:51   #291
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I'm a teaching assistant who has tried writing various things with no success for the last 25 years. I'm working on a children's story about a disabled boy who discovers he can draw. When he is asleep, his drawings come to life and take him away to a place where he can walk. He meets his Uncle Peter who died in a car crash 2 years earlier. His uncle used to tell him stories about a talking chimp called Charlie, who is also there, sharing his adventures.
I like a variety of books, esp. Dickens and Jane Austen, but my all time favourite is Catch 22. I also love 'A Boy's Life' by Robert McCammon.
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15-10-2012, 06:54   #292
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Hi everyone.
I am from a not-for-profit organisation, Inspire Rotherham and I would like to bring a new venture to your attention. I have just taken on a shop in Rotherham town centre and plan to set up a 'Pop-Up Story Shop', the first window theme being 'Dickens'.
This space will be a place for people to be able to be creative as writers, storytellers, readers and I hope to encourage volunteers to work with children and families to support them in developing these skills.
I am bidding for funding to develop this concept further and fund some work to involve schools but in the meantime I am looking for people who would be interested in volunteering as writers, illustrators, reading buddies, ..... I can promise a rewarding role, flexible to your needs and lots of free biscuits, cake, tea and coffee to keep us all going. I can provide references for those for whom this would be helpful. It is an exciting adventure and I'd really like to encourage more people to get involved. Please either look at the Voluntary Action Rotherham website or the Inspire website or email me for more information at I hope to hear from you.
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26-11-2012, 22:31   #293
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I'm interested in developing my script writing skills and am keen to do any courses that are on offer.
Also keen on meeting new people and attending any meet-ups or whatever.

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29-11-2012, 16:32   #294
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Hello everyone,
I have been on the forum a few times already but only just noticed this introduction thread!
I have loved reading and writing since I was a child: short stories, poetry, horror, thrillers, contemporary literary fiction and classics. One of my favourite writers is Sheffield's own Lesley Glaister, who I believe also teaches at Hallam University.
I am keen to read and review other people's work, and I hope that they will do the same for me! Currently my debut novel has been released on Amazon by my agent and is on submission to publishers. If anyone fancies reading it (psychological suspense fiction set in the local area) I would really appreciate feedback: you can borrow it on Kindle for free!!
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20-01-2013, 15:14   #295
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any kafka fans on here?
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01-02-2013, 19:05   #296
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Hi. I'm more or less new to writing but I do like the idea of writing stories. I'm a retired physicist who once helped design ILS Cat 3, for landing aeroplanes with a dead or blinded pilot (snow, fog, volcanic ash, etc.). I'm more used to writing technical reports and I have also written a brief introduction to degree level maths, for my grandson's benefit. I once played the trumpet in various orchestras and dance / jazz bands and served with the RAF in Northern Ireland. I ran a small team of lads who repaired navigation radar for V bombers. I'm married and have three children and five grandchildren and one great grand daughter.[COLOR="Silver"]

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Despite what I said above, I've written a couple of short stories and I would post one of them if I could transfer it from my old desktop PC to this laptop for sending to the forum. Can anyone tell me how to do it, please? I have a memory stick to use but where should I insert the story in the way an attachment is inserted into an e mail for example? I can't see the "attachment" sign or anything similar on this forum. Surely I don't have to type it all out again?

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I've just noticed the ("silver") tag after my post June 2012. I didn't put it there. What does it mean? Why have I got it? I sent a short story to the writers forum but I've had no acknowledgement. Have I done something wrong?

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04-02-2013, 18:24   #297
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I've not long been a member of the forum, but the Writing group stuck out to me.

Writing has been a passion of mine from a very early age, yet I haven't written since I was 17. Being 22 now & with a daughter at nursery full time & studying for a degree that I loathe more and more everyday I figured I might give it a go again.
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04-02-2013, 18:44   #298
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Hi everyone,

My name is Chris. I have wanted to be a published writer since I was a child, but I have only just started to make time for writing, thanks to a fantastic writing course that I have recently enrolled on (Susan Elliot Wright's course at Bank Street Arts). I am also organising a storytelling night at Harland café on John Street and a writers' retreat at the Chimney House, Kelham Island.

I also run a small business writing personalised children's picture books called The Creatorsaur (

Follow me on Twitter @sheffieldwrite.


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05-02-2013, 15:11   #299
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Wow, I'm really glad to see this group! I am currently working full time and studying part time for an English Literature degree, so finding time for much else is a challenge. I'm really keen to get in as much writing practice as possible as I'd like to move on to a creative writing MA when I graduate. I'd welcome any constructive feedback and will do my best to offer advice and support to anyone else who would like it!

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I've just uploaded a poem and then tried to share the link, but it seems I can't share a weblink as I've not posted 5 times on Sheffield Forum! Does anyone have a way around this or am I going to have to think of 4 things to say?!
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05-02-2013, 17:28   #300
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As a potential/ future writer why is finding something to say such a problem? I guess that for this purpose, what you say needn't mean anything important. I bet them's the rules so why not just get on with it!
Now I'm still fairly new but as it happens I've written sufficient posts to have my writing acknowledged, but never the less no one has done so for the story I recently sent. Because the people running this forum are part time volunteers, I think that perhaps there should be an automated acknowledgement function. It would prevent us feeling that we've sent our work into hyperspace, never to be mentioned again.

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