1. Lyra
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    hey hey

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lyra, Nov 6, 2009.

    Hi. Obviously, I'm new here.
    I'm not all that good at writing/telling people about myself, because I never know what to say. I tend to just blurt (or in this case type) out the first thing that comes to my mind.
    I'm a student (18) still going to school. I'm half Australian and half German living in Germany.
    Every now and then I write stuff. It used to be pretty bad and chewed out...and some how the same story every time (I probably couldn't think of anything else, but I guess it must've 'seemed' as if it was an exciting new idea if I simply changed the names of my main characters..), but a while ago (okay, it was more that a while) I got an idea. And I've been trying to write something good. And complete. I never managed to complete anything I wrote (unless it was an unintentinal short story), so that's why I'm trying hard this time. Unfortunately I don't have any inspiration at the moment...or I could also say that I'm lazy and don't feel like writing, so I'm hoping that this'll get me working again.
    Okay....I've run out of things to say,
    so I'm just going to end with a 'hey there!'
     
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    Hello Lyra, 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.

    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 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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    well, welcome and hope you find inspiriation!! i had a similar problem though.....some of my stories sounded exactly alike, so i got rid of the ones i didnt like as much and looked around me for new ideas for stories! hope to see you around! :]
     
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    thanks for the welcome!
    yeah, I've been looking around a bit. It's a reallyl interesting site. I think it's a great idea, that you 'have' to critize (constructivly) someone elses work, before you can submit your own. I'm starting to see that readers, or I guess we're more like critiques, 'really' look at what you've written, and pay attention to everything.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    welcome!
     

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