1. Mr What
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    Ahoy hoy

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mr What, Aug 8, 2009.

    Hey guys, thought I'd introduce myself.

    I guess for here my name is Mr What. I'm 17 years old, and am on this board because I have an interest in writing. Shocking, I know. I'm not a big fan of frivolity, so having people read my writing (even if it means finding out that it sucks) is somewhat important to me, as is feedback. Otherwise, really, what's the point?

    I tend to be intuitive in my writing. I write. I don't neccesarily plan it out meticulously beforehand, I get an idea, I get an idea of the turning points and then just let it sort of fall into place as it goes. Based on my English teacher's reaction to this when trying to explain an assignment idea to her, it's a very bad thing.

    I tend to write short stories and scripts (TV and film), though I've had ideas for novels in the past and am intrigued at the idea of writing a play. I have no real experience, just too much free time. I'm intrigued by social and human intricacies and behaviour. My grammar leaves a lot to be desired. I also enjoy partaking in debating, rugby union and the illegal consumption of alcohol at group gatherings occassionally known as parties.

    So yeah. Hi.
     
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    Hello Mr. What, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Writers vary in how much planning they do before writing, and what form that planning takes. Grammar, however, ydemands attention. No publisher will look twice at a manuscript that is grammatically shabby.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Hi Mr. What, welcome to the forum.

    I feel the same way about writing and guess what, this forum is full of people like you and me. Enjoy! :)
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the jungle! :D
     
  5. Mr What
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    Ha, sorry for the late reply but I've been busy as all get out lately. Thanks for the welcomes :).

    Cogito, I'll most definitely do some looking around and offering my two cents before I torture you all with my own writing ;) Thanks for the pointers.
     
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    Hello and welcome Mr What :cool:
     

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