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    Generic 'Hello' Title...

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

    Where to start...

    My name is irrelevant for the moment, some call me Lou... some call me Jack in a Box... some call me... Cillit Bang... Lou it is, though ;)

    I've always written, whether it be poems, lyrics, stories, or just letters to people. Did well in my GCSE Eng Lit and Lang, studied English at 6th form and college and also at uni. Not that it'll show much :redface:

    I started a novel a few years back and lost it when my PC broke - that's what you get for building your own machine and then failing to update the virus software... Recipe for disaster.

    I am just this week starting a new piece of work, and my aim is to become a published author someday. It's a dream I've had since I was 3 (I was one of those super advanced kiddies who read without an adult at the age of 3) and I really want to make it a reality.

    But I hit blocks all the time and really have no idea how to start the first page, what structure to use, what's important and what needs to be left out.

    Could do with a creative writing course, really. I need more inspiration, encouragement, smiles.

    I am mother to one daughter who is 2 on monday, I'm currently inbetween homes, I'm 27 this year and I'm quite alternative in different ways. Not sure what else to write but I don't want to sell myself entirely on my first post!

    Howdy!
     
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    Hey Lou, welcome in! :)
     
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    Cheers, matey!
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games. :D
     
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    That's good to know! and I've not heard any GnR in ages... Howdy :)

    I need to browse this place a bit and look for tips.
     
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    Howdy Lou, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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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    Cheers, man.

    I've had a gander and made some notes, for when I'm offline and working. I need to bring together what I'm writing so it makes sense and flows. And understanding what the storyline, plot and themes are all about in relation to one another is going to be easier now :) I'm not going to post up my 'big' work of art but I will look at the competitions etc, as some practise writing will help me no end.

    I definitely need confidence as well as common sense regarding how to write. I will get there. I'm very serious about doing this :)

    Thanks for the info, I'm going to browse some more and then make my way to the places you've specifically mentioned - this is an adventure and a half!
     

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