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    Hey all!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Awesome101, Jan 2, 2011.

    Here we go, first step.

    Hey all, My name is Jean, 17 years old and high school student. I've been interested in creative writing for quite some time now. I'm just one of those procrastinating-never get to it writers. Not a good thing i know, but that's why i joined this forum so i can finally get to it and start writing. Not to mention share ideas, advance my vocab, get honest opinions and all that other good stuff that goes on here.

    I'm really hoping this place helps me and hoping i can be of use to others.

    With that said... Hello everyone!
     
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    Hi Awesome101,

    Let's get you started - what are some of your favorite authors and why?
     
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    Cool, well....

    1) Mick Foley. Yeah, the pro wrestler known to the world as Mankind. I read his first auto-biography 'Have a Nice Day' and actually it's what got me into reading. It was a hilarious read from cover to cover. I also read 2 other of his auto-biography and a novel 'Tietem Brown'. Everything he's published feels like pure gold.

    2) Edgar Allan Poe. He needs no introduction. His short stories are dark and nightmarish and i just love the feel you get from it.

    3) Franz Kafka. Same could be said as above.

    I have others i like but i guess these would be the top.
     
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    Seems like you like adventure stories (reference Mark) and trips through the dark adventures in Poe’s mind. Of course adventure stores are all based on circumstance and most of Poe’s stories are about characters that find themselves in unexpected circumstances (usually brought about by a dark desire). If you’re not reading anything right now – I’d suggest The Kite Runner by Hosseini.

    As far as your own writing, think of a circumstance you’ve recently experienced, something that challenged your mindset. It could be anything – maybe during the holidays you observed a child screaming and crying for a toy and you found it disturbing - or - maybe you saw a guy pocket a fistful of change and walk right past a Salvation Army bell ringer. You’re from New York – maybe you saw something related to the recent snow storm

    This site has weekly short story contest and this week’s theme is False Prophets.
     
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    Welcome Jean. :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Hello Jean, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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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