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    Hello, internet. Let's be friends.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Green, Jan 6, 2013.

    Hello,

    I'm Green, and pleased to make your acquaintance.

    A little backstory:

    When I was a teenager I used to prattle off a few short stories here and there and really enjoy it. Over the last couple of years I've decided everything that I've written is terrible and deleted it immediately; I've come to the conclusion that this isn't very healthy and I won't improve if I'm not able to identify what's actually a mistake and shape it in to something better. This year I'm committing to write a story every week, and I'm looking for a) feedback on my pieces and b) a bit of support around writing! I don't know anyone who writes as a hobby so here I am!

    I've read the proccess guide for the writer's workshop and think it's awesome this forum has a structure in place to actually ensure people are getting helpful feedback, I've seen some others that are quite haphazard. I'm looking forward to being able to offer feedback too; I guess in challenging yourself to articulate the flaws in other people's work you deepen your own understanding of what works.

    My ideas are quite childlike, surreal, magical realist, fairy-tale inspired things. Neil Gaiman is my favourite author head and shoulders above the rest, but I do love Tom Robbins as well. I wish I read more.

    I'm terrified of all the work that's going into this year but am also loving the thought of looking back this time next year on a pile of stories that have hopefully not just improved in quality but have got easier to write as well!

    I look forward to getting to know you all,

    Green
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Green!

    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.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, 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.


    Banzai
     
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    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    Internet: "I can't be friends with people that use the word prattle. Is that a person, place, thing, verb, adverb, or...adjective? If I can't understand you sober, I'm really in trouble when I get drunk off too many IPs."
     
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    Welcome Green! Neil Gaiman... nice :)
     
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    Welcome :)
     
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    I am 36 years old and a college educated person, and I can seriously say that in my life time, that is the first time I have ever seen the word prattle. Maybe I don't play enough Scrabble anymore.
     
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    I think it's more common across the pond.
     
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    I'm a 45 year old college dropout, and prattle gave me no pause whatsoever. Maybe those 9 years make a difference.
     
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    Or maybe I don't sit around enough in coffee houses. I dunno. :D
     
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    Hi Green, pleased to meet you and you are welcome to prattle away all you want.
     

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