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    hey guys!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Daydream, May 4, 2011.

    Hey so i've finally decided to follow my dream of writing...something i've been planning on doing since writing my first short story in year 7. Seems to have only taken me 10 years to motivate myself to do it :p

    So yeh just wanted to say hi and that im really looking forward to chatting with some fellow writers!

    Any tips you guys have for a new writer would be greatly appreciated! I'm very new to this scene but highly motivated and have already brainstormed some great ideas! I'm primarily looking at writing Fantasy and Sci-fi stories since I love anything that involves an escape, hence the name Daydream :)

    Thanks!

    Daydream.
     
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    Hello Daydream, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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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    Hi Daydream!

    Welcome to the forum :)

    Here's a simple tip, practice, practice, practice! Even if it's only a couple of sentences, make sure you write something each day. Also observe everything and everyone around you; inspiration can from anything at any moment. I carry a little blue notebook whenever I go out for just those reasons.

    Good luck! :D
     
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    Welcome.
     
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    Hello, and welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum :)
     
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    Hey thanks for the replies!! Thanks for the awesome advice Midnight_Adventurer! I never thought to bring a notebook along with me but I will definately be doing that! :)

    Also kudos for your quote by Mathew Reilly! One of my favourite authors and kind of an inspiration since he also started writing at a quite young age!
     

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