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    Hello :)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jdeadevil, Jan 3, 2013.

    Just thought I'd make an account seen as though I'm renewing my interest in writing. I'm one of those people who needs to ask questions quite periodically like, do I separate paragraphs when writing stories? If so, how often? How do I increase my vocabulary so I can use those obscure words like authors generally do? I've already written something in the past, it was meant to be a fan-fiction of an Anime called Chobits but turns out it was the first chapter or something completely different, I'll show anyone who wants to know, if they want.

    But yeah I'm new, hello!
     
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    Hi Jdeadevil, welcome to the forums.

    As to increasing your vocabulary; the more you read the more you will come into contact with new words - I don't know any short cuts.
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Jdeadevil!

    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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    welcome!

    'shortcuts':
    keep a dictionary handy by the breakfast/dinner table and in the bathroom, browse through it while there

    do the NY TImes daily crosswords till you can do them in ink, in less than 30 minutes, then switch to the sunday ones until you can do them in ink in less than 30 minutes... then keep doing the sundays all your life, as 'brain exercise'... you can get both in book collections on amazon...

    ditto above re acrostics from the NY Times and by charles duerr or charles preston, plus the ones mensa puts out...
     

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