1. LtFrankie
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    'ello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LtFrankie, Feb 23, 2010.

    What to say...um...

    I haven't really done much writing...at all. But I have ideas, and I just want to articulate them well, get my message or ideas on paper or e-text.

    Myself...I'm actually laid back, but I may come off as abrasive. Let's see....I have strong right-wing views and consider myself a 'paleoconservatives', with those I admire are the likes of Barry Goldwater, Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, not John McCain or the Bush family.

    Oh, and I was born, raised and live in New York City, so it's not like I just picked up the common consensus. It can be a bit weird to hear how other people's experiences are from mine. I suppose my own experiences have helped morph my views, and I know it's been the same for left-wingers I know in highly conservative regions. But yeah, my beliefs have probably been what's helped form my identity the most.

    Kinda ranting now. x.x

    But yeah, my poor writing also effects when I participate in roleplaying games. The dialogue can just sound dull sometimes. So yeah. I hope this site will help me improve my writing. :)
     
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    Hello Frankie, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Strong opinions are ok, as long as you respect others whose equally strong opinions may differ. We discourage political debate here, because it inevitably leads to lots of noise and very little heat. There are plenty of other sites where people can yell and throw chairs. :)

    Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 Frankie! Welcome to the forums. In my younger days I was big into roleplaying which helped my creativity quite a bit so I'm sure that can work the other way around. :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
  5. LtFrankie
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    Yeah, I frequent a few boards that focus on tabletop games/roleplaying and they definitely come up with some amazing stuff.

    Cogito: Ofcourse, this is a writing forum after all.
     
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    :)Greetings and welcome to the website.:)
    >make your stay a long one. :p
     

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