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    Hello from quebec!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by louismonette, Apr 7, 2011.

    Hi im louis. I am from montreal quebec canada. I subscribed to this forum to start writing and learn how to correctly write short stories. I have zero experience, but i am here to learn. What i prefer is non fiction writing.
     
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    I'm into writing nonfiction myself, so a big welcome to the forums! Hope to see you around. :)
     
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    That's one of the greatest things about writing, no prior experience is necessary! Look at it this way - at least you haven't fallen into any bad habits. :)

    What do you like to write most? Do you write essays, biographies, journal entries...? I have little experience with non-fiction save for college papers. I would be interested in knowing more about what you find most interesting and how you research your topic.

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    Well i love to read non fiction, but to write it will be a long process for me.
    Right now im looking up some info for a short story i have in mind. The story of a woman who decides to become a man. I want to start small and work my way to one dya write a non fiction piece.
     
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    That's a very interesting topic. I just read an article the other day discussing how difficult it was to be officially recognized in a new gender on a driver's license or birth certificate without an expensive and sometimes dangerous surgery for genital transformation. The article followed the case of a man who wanted to be a woman under his psychologist's recommendation, but the surgery would have been dangerous considering certain health conditions he had and also considering the money the surgery cost. The person had lived both genders during high school, hanging out with girl friends as a girl and hanging out in school as a boy.
     
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    Wow, this seems amazing. Do you have a link for the story, it might give me some ideas!
     
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    Hey! Welcome!
     
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    Along with testimonies and articles, as suggested by teacherayala, there are some documentaries you should check out. The one I can remember right now is "TransGeneration," which follows four college kids transition. You can also look into films like "Boys Don't Cry" (Hilary Swank is a girl who dresses and lives like a guy) or the second season of "The L Word" (a female character dresses as a man, without going so far as reassignment surgery). If you have a Netflix account, I believe they are all available for Instant Streaming. Another cool reference could be "Twelfth Night" by Shakespeare, though it doesn't quite have the same reasoning. Also, don't be shy of introducing yourself to your local LGBT community and asking for some advice. :)
     
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    Bonjour et bienvenue!

    I like Montréal, nice city!
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum:)
     
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    Hello Louis, 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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