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    'ello.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Domino, Jun 10, 2011.

    Hi, everybody. I hope you're all well.

    My name's Heather, and I'm here looking for inspiration and motivation to get my arse into gear with my writing. The plan is to find some of that by simply hanging out and reading what you writey-folks are discussing. I'm hoping you guys will be a good influence. lol. :cool:

    Thanks much. x
     
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    'ello 'eather, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Welcome, Heather. :)
     
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    Thanks very much, I'll look forward to getting to know you all a bit better.
     
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    Hey and welcome :) Hope you like it here!!
     
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    Hi,
    I think this forum will help to write better but in order to write you need to have the story to tell first. Once you have that simply start writing it down. I think it's pretty simple, isn't it?
     
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    Oh, absolutely. I've just been in a strange place emotionally for the last few years, and it's hindering my ability to write well. I just hoped that if I integrated myself with some real writers for a while, I'd perhaps be able to get my old creative cogs turning again. I know the potential is still there somewhere.

    I'm trying to write something every day, but mostly I'm only editing my old stories at the moment. I'd like to get writing new things again. I have a few ideas to scribble in my notebooks, but I find it strangely difficult to write decently now, if that makes sense.

    I'll get there. :) It just doesn't come as easily any more as it once did. I think mingling with people like you guys will help me out some. I've been reading through a few threads, and I'm finding a lot of things are getting me thinking already. So, thanks.
     

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