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    Hello There!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by natsuki, Jun 3, 2010.

    My name is Elisa, I am nineteen years old and I joined this forum yesterday but just now I had time to post. I was mostly reading everything I could find :)

    I am a big fan of historical fiction books and my favorite writer is Diana Gabaldon.

    I would like very much to write a novel someday but I am completely aware that I don't have the sufficient knowledge yet. My mother language is not english, and that is my biggest problem because I want to write a novel in english, as I will probably be moving out of my country soon and there is no way I could be published in here.

    I'll be visiting this forum often, but does anybody has a tip for me? Because I've been reading like crazy, lots of books, but I still can't write properly :/

    Thank you everyone :)
     
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    Welcome to the WF.
     
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    Hello Elisa, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Number one tip: don't get discouraged. It will take time to develop and polish your writing skills, and you won't have it all together from Day One. If you keep an open mind and keep trying, you'll get better.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room 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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, 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. The Review Room 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 Review Room 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 Elisa.
    High five for being a fan of historical fiction too!
    As for not writing properly, just keep going with it. Write anything you can as often as possible and eventually you'll get there. :)
     
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    Thank you all for the welcome wishes and tips :)
     
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    hello im also new nice to meet you
     
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    Hello Elisa and greetings!
     

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