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I’m not a troll just because I have a mixture of depression and aspergers
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If you haven’t made any headway in six months and your only research strategy is “please help me I’m begging you” then perhaps it’s time to pursue another hobby. Being a writer doesn’t seem to be your calling.
Yep, can't write if you don't read. Can't write if you don't know how to research. There's a lot more to it than just sitting down and writing.

Agree with Nickle.
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@Dorothy87: I have to agree with quite a few of the posts made.

1. Why does it have to be a drama novel about a woman in prison? Write about something closer to home. How about a woman having to navigate today's world with a combination of depression and Asperger syndrome? I don't mean it to be a "self-pity" type novel, but a novel that shows the ups and downs in this fairly anonymous (advantage for Asperger syndrome because the interaction with others is often behind a monitor, but disadvantage for depression because of feeling alone?) but fast paced. The novel could be in a rural or urban setting - each bringing its own set of difficulties; set in different phases of her life. It doesn't have to be autobiographical, but you need to be able to feel in to the woman's head. You might be surprised during your research how many are confronted by the same problems - whether they have the same diagnosis or not.

2. Set up a schedule for what you want to do when. If you come back here after 6 months with just a sentence begging for help, it definitely does feel like you don't have a timeline set. Organization is a big part of writing.

3. Remember when those English teachers used to keep badgering you to write an outline of your story? Welllll... write an outline of your story. Break it down in to pieces. "A novel" is overwhelming. "A chapter" is surmountable.

4. I can recommend this software: http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter6.html

Nobody is going to write your novel for you. If you are truly serious about writing a novel, you have to put in the work.
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If you are really serious about writing then you need to narrow down the what & why of it first. What is the message you want to send your readers & why is it important? Then see if there is a writing group in your area. I know there is one in my area that meet at the public library. They share ideas & help review each other's work. It's a good way to lay the foundation for your work & build on it.

Now that you have some of the basics lined out, it's time to learn the details that make your novel "real". Authors like John Grisham, Clive Cussler & others spend a huge amount of time & energy on learning about the subjects that will go into their book. That's why reading their books make you feel they're "real". They don't just wake up & say "I think I'll write about _______ today" & start writing.

I would suggest if you truly want to talk to women who have experienced incarceration then make an effort to get to know them first. You can't just walk up to someone & say "Hey, you don't know me but I'm writing a novel & tell me about your life". There is a tremendous amount of trust that needs to happen first & they need to know you are sincere. Maybe you could volunteer with an advocacy group & get an idea of what life is like for people who have been incarcerated. It might give you all the insight you need & the book might actually be more than you ever expected.
But most of all, BE HONEST. The people you'll meet have been exploited & gone through enough. they don't need anyone else to exploit their lives.
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I want to write a realistic drama novel about a woman in prison, but I need a co-writer to help me. Will somebody PLEASE help me? I would REALLY appreciate it
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Hi there I have posted a disclaimer and I have changed your thread title so members can see what you are looking for.

Good luck with your novel.
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I have merged your new thread with your previous thread asking the same thing.
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