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    english not my first language

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kalpea_Tuli, Aug 12, 2011.

    Hello,
    By way of introduction, a few things about myself:

    I wanted to be a writer since even before I even could read.

    Whenever my life is not well I turn to page and pen.

    I personally started writing in the English language while living in London, without realizing what a huge difference a mother tongue can make.
    I subsequently worked A LOT on my English writing.

    The writer that inspires me most is Vladimir Nabokov.

    I have had since I was twenty three projects for manuscripts, finishing one after the other in a year or two for each. While writing I always thought my ideas were great, otherwise how could I have kept at it? But towards the end I always acknowledged the mediocrity.

    Around three years ago I had what I still believe is a great idea for a novel, but I have put the project on a serious hold, it was just too ambitious for me. For the moment I just do travel writing. My blog is on http://youarealltourists.blogspot.com/

    What I am looking for by joining this forum is some serious criticism. Some friends say they love my writing, but are they being sincere?
    Some people have said they find my style impressive, but they are not native speakers of English, how can they know?

    Hopefully by learning to criticise other people's writings I will be able to go back to my own with a new perspective, too.

    Greetings
     
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    Well hello dear :)

    I hope that you find what you seek here with us!

    I understand what you mean about mother tounge making ahuge difference...
    Need anything please let me know :)
    ~BL~
     
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    Hello Kalpea, 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.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the Forums! ​
     
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    Oh please, if you read some of this writing, you'll find it's apparently not our first language either.
     
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    Welcome to the forums :) Just curiously, what is your first language?
     
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    Hey Kalpea Tuli. I take it from your nick that you're a Finn like me? If so, cool.

    Good to have you with us. :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     
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    Some of the best critiques I had received were from non-native speakers.

    Welcome!
     
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    Wow so many welcomes, I am glad to meet you all!

    Skeloboy, my mother tongue is German.

    Beaver777, I call Finnish "my favourite language I will never learn", that is why I chose the Finnish translation of a great novel for a nickname. I have a few Finnish friends, really great people!
     

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