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    Hello-

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GraceB, Mar 29, 2009.

    Hey there, I'm Grace. I'm 18 and a student- in the fall, I'm starting college to be an English Comp major. I speak French and I was a swimmer for fourteen years, but writing has taken over both of those passions- for the past two years I've been working on various projects. I am published, but it was only a few book reviews in a magazine I interned at- I wrote about Queen Noor's autobiography and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Fiction is what I love the best, but I've been told I'm better at non-fiction scholarly things- I want to be a novelist, so I joined to work out those sort of problems, I guess? I like free-verse poetry, my favorite work being "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and I'm also into music- I love the Kills and Kings of Leon.

    Writing seems to be my raison d'etre right now, anyone else? :)
     
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    I write all the time. I am in the process of writing a book. I never been published, but I am working with a lit agency and they want a synopsis. Perfect in every way. Did you need to go through that? Writing is what I live for and my family.
     
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    Great poem! One of my favorites as well.
     
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    That's cool that you're with an agency- I'm still undecided whether I'm going to go through an agency. Idk. How did you approach the agency?
     
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    Yeah, we studied it in class and it about knocked me flat. Did you know that Eliot was only twenty we he wrote it? That's incomprehensible to me, it seems like a work of someone older.
     
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    All I did was call them and started to talk to them and tell them the plot of the story and they asked me for a synopsis of the book. Yet I can sit a type my book for hours and I have 18 synopsis and they are all crap.
     
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    Everyones mind is on a different level of maturity. It is hard to guess anyone age by there writing. If you read my work you would think I was 10
     
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    That's true about the maturity level, though I doubt I would think you're 10, lol. I definitely don't feel like an eighteen-year-old when I write.

    I wish I could type for hours and just write- I get too caught up by the editor in my head ("why are you writing this? Look, a comma splice!") and I can only get something out when I feel it.
     
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    That's true about the maturity level, though I doubt I would think you're 10, lol. I definitely don't feel like an eighteen-year-old when I write.

    I wish I could type for hours and just write- I get too caught up by the editor in my head ("why are you writing this? Look, a comma splice!") and I can only get something out when I feel it.
     
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    Here is what I do. No editor mind. Breath, close your eyes for a moment and then open them and just let the words flow out.
     
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    Hi GraceB and welcome! :)
    chandler 245, it sounds to me like you are trying to query an agent which is open to everyone, that is not the same as working with an agent, that usually means that they have agreed to represent you.
    Just for clarification.;)
     
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    Hey there Grace..Welcome to WF.
     
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    Hello Grace, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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 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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    Thank you for the welcome! I've never done a writing forum before, but this is really nice.
     

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