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    Hello all.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Arck, Apr 29, 2010.

    Hello. I've never been good with introductions, all I can think of is Hello!

    I've finally decided to try writing fiction, I've always thought about it but always held it off. I've never really written before except from what they made me write in English years ago at school. Is there anything I need to be doing to improve or should I just start writing immediately? I'm a little worried about my grammar etc. I have what I'd call an average understanding of English, but most book writers seem to be masters of it and use words I've never even heard of. Will I need excellent grammar and vocabulary to write?

    Thanks.
     
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    Grammer...grrrr!

    Hey welcome,
    I just started on here today. Same worries here with the grammer etc I feel like everyone knows everything except me. I guess they dont though.
    x :D
     
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    Hello Arck, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You'll need a solid grasp of grammar, and a good working vocabulary. An occasional grammatical error won't destroy your chances, but if you can't write an error-free page or two, you won't be taken seriously. But grammar can be learned and practiced. As for vocabulary, it's far better to use a smaller vocabulary correctly. Too often, would-be writers misuse words they learned from a thesaurus or a Word-of-the-Day calendar. Clear and correct will take you farther than fancy and pretentious.

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    Thank you for the replies! So, Cogito, would you suggest I just start writing a short story or novel now? Maybe I could look up grammar I'm uncomfortable with while I'm at it.
     
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    Certainly writing will help. I suggest starting with short stories. But also pick up a good writing handbook. Every writer should have a copy of the latest edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. I also recommend The Little, Brown Handbook. Get hardcopy editions; the online copies are older editions.
     
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    Thank you. I will definitely take a look into those books.
     
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    welcome Arck and Coda to the forum, enjoy it
     
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    Welcome to WF Arck :)
     

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