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    Greetings from a Newbie

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ArcticPhoenix, Apr 22, 2013.

    Hello, Writingforums folks. I come in peace. =D

    Hm... A little about myself, I guess, since this is an introduction thread, though I hope I won't bore you. I'm an on-again off-again writer and RP-er (mostly RP-er), usually called Arctic for short. A lot of my friends are writers and artists, and I happen to like checking out and reviewing people's work, so that's another thing I do. All of those I only do for fun, and the only (semi)serious writing I've got done is this couple of articles I wrote for Squidoo, if the name rings a bell for anyone.

    Well, what brings me to this forum is that I've always had a couple of story ideas swimming around in my head, but I have a few problems:
    1. I have no idea how to plot, and 2. Somehow I've never been able to bring myself to finish a single story. Sooo, I decided that a community with more experienced writers could most likely help me learn. While looking for one, I saw that this site seems to have a lot of activity, and even has an RP-ing board of its own, so I thought it might be fun to join.

    So, here I am. Nice to meet you all, and I hope we can talk soon!
     
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    Hi Arctic,

    You don't 'need' a plot - just write

    If you can't finish a story, maybe it's because you are hung up on plotting it. I start with a character - Joe. A broad idea - He has to save the Princess. An end with 3 options - a) He doesn't b) he does c) he does but falls in love with someone else on his adventure.

    Then go back to Joe and write and write and write and hope it falls into place, making sense, is at least logical and then edit it to death.
     
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    Hey erebh. Nice to meet you!

    Your advice is so simple... and about leaves this holy thick book I read about plotting in the dust. xD You just helped me figure out an ending.

    What I was saying in my first post about learning; I think this forum doesn't disappoint, and it just proved that to me in under half an hour.

    Thank you for your response.
     
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    Hi there and welcome to the forums.
     
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    You're very welcome, remember here on this forum there's no such thing as a stupid question so don't be afraid to ask :)
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, ArcticPhoenix!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter! We also have a growing short story club (think book club, but with short stories!), which you can find stickied in the Book Discussion forum.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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