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    hello everyone

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Phantomwriter, Aug 18, 2011.

    Hi there :)

    My name is Phantomwriter and I am a college student, studying history, but have been an avid writer for most of my life. I write romance more specifically paranormal and sci-fi romance. I also write fanfiction which is how I developed my love of writing. Strength wise, I find I am very good at writing plots and am great with character interactions. My weaknesses though is that I have trouble writing beginnings to my stories and I have poor grammer (spelling was never one of my strong suits :p). Half of the problem is that when I think of a story my mind starts it either in the middle or at the end and I am left stuggling to write a beginning. The way my mind works is that I see a story in pictures (like a movie) and I struggle to find the right words.

    My hope is that in joining this site is to develope my writer's voice more and to gain skills on how to write beginnings. :D
     
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    Hello!

    Hello! I'm new too.
     
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    Welcome Phantom, I think we all struggle with parts of our stories. The beginning is also hard for me and the thing is it's so very important. I also have trouble with spelling.
     
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    Yeah I am not alone!

    I know. I just hope to fix that... maybe? :redface:
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome.
     
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    Hello, welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     
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    Hello Phantom, 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! :D
     
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    Looking forward to reading some of your work!
     

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