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    Happy Thursday!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Froggy, Apr 15, 2011.

    Aye, first impressions can be tricky, so I better have a thought or three on what to say :p

    My name is Karin, and, unlike most newbies here, I don't have a novel in the making yet. I have dozens of ideas, of course, but also the annoying tendency to make my heroes infallible, so nohing ever goes anywhere.

    Anyhow, my first language is German, and I've been told my writing style is too. I usually deny, but we've all heard about denial, right?

    So, I thought I might at least work a little on how to express my future brilliant ideas, before I waste a good story on poor storytelling.

    Now before I chew your ear (or eye) off:

    Thanks for stopping by & I'll see you around...
     
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    Welcome Froggy :) I'm new here too.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum:)
     
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    Hallo Karin, and welcome. :)
     
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    Guten Tag Karin, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you post there. 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 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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    Thanks, I will :)
     
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    How would you describe a "German" writing style? Ich liebe Deutch, aber kann ich nicht es schreiben. Grammatik ist doof!
     
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    It's not grammar as much as a way of communicating.

    German 'feels' more formal to me, there are certain implied rules of how to address someone, show proper respect, and what you may or may not say directly or at all.

    Both languages are similar in structure, and you can apply a lot of the same stylistic treatments (I assume that is why I don't really notice when I do it).

    If i could pinpoint the difference, I would avoid doing it, but if you're interested, I'll ask my husband to point out a few...
     

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