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    Hello!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by breakfastgal, Jan 16, 2012.

    Nice to join the ranks of writers on this forum :) I've been writing for 12 years now. I wrote my first series while in middle/high school. A few years after finishing it, I decided I would jump back in and rewrite the books for clarity (since we all know adolescents aren't exactly the most clear/logical people around). I'm now midway through the series and looking to move into publishing.

    Until then, I'm excited to start lurking the forums and getting to talk with other writers. It's difficult to find other writers in my local area so this is going to be different for me :)

    I'm a farmer (cows, horses, chickens) and love spending time outdoors or with my family. I talk too much about my own dog, a GSD, and get a lot of my inspiration for writing from the wilderness around me.

    Nice to meet you all!
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, breakfastgal!

    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 requirments. 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 and Cogito) 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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    Hello :)
    I was interested in the fact that you are going back and re-writing something you wrote a while ago. Do you find it difficult? I have a short story I wrote when I was younger and I have often re-visited it over the years, hoping to flesh it out into something more. Sometimes I have great ideas that I think would breathe new life into it and sometimes I'm afraid to touch it, why I'm not really sure. I think the plot and the characters were well thought out, and I always seem to have the idea for the end in my head before I begin anyway and I think that's pretty good too. How do you do it?
     
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    It's definitely been an experience. I wrote 7 books in the series originally but have cut it down to 6 books. When I'm preparing to write one, I start off by reading through the original copy. I take notes of things I want to include in the rewrite, events I want to exclude, and anything that just needs to be redone in a different way in order to connect old and new ideas. Once I'm done reading, I do all the research needed for the rewrite. After that I do an extensive plot diagram with major events according to main characters, moods I want to convey, and themes I want to focus on. After all that is finished I just start writing. That's when the fun begins. At that point anything that was from the old book is now 'new' in the way that it's ready to fit in with what I thought up now. Everything just turns to plain old fun once I start writing :)

    Let me know if you ever do your rewrite. I find those are the most education for me since I can easily tell what I've learned in my writing since the first edition and how much I've grown as a writer :)
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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