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    hey! :)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mebo, May 10, 2009.

    Hello everyone!
    My name is Katherine or Mebo, whichever you prefer :)
    I'm an aspiring published author and independent record label owner.
    I'm only 14, so I'm still developing and trying to learn more for both!
    I've been a Harry Potter fanfiction writer for some time now, but I never really finished anything that was longer than 10,000 words.
    I'm now branching out into original works, so hopefully that'll work out for me! :)
     
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    Hello Katherine, 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.

    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). 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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    hello and welcome to the forums mebo
    other than fanfic, what genre do you write?
     
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    Hello Katherine! I'm TheHedgehog, more unformally known as Hedge, though. :-D I'm thirteen years old and a guy. I started on different Fanfictions, too. :-D But I think that getting into solo works definitely fuels originality. What are you writing now? What do you like to read?

    Anywho, welcome.
     
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    Hi Katherine!
    I'm new here as well! It's interesting, I've never actually delved into fanfiction ... maybe I'm missing out? You sound like a talented and independant fourteen year old, and it's nice that you're branching out into other genres. I don't believe in shutting doors; I'd prefer to open the ones where I don't know what's behind them. Maybe I should try writing some fanfiction eh? :)

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Hi and welcome :)
     
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    Thanks everyone :)
    Thanks, Cogito, for the tips! Very helpful :)
    Currently, I've kind of hit a block on the writing myself, so I'm just trying to read a lot of stuff, hoping to get a muse or something.
    I'm actually kind of a 'teen' genre girl (definitely my guilty pleasure), I'm a dreamer and a bit of an over-cheesy and over-done romance indulger (I don't know if thats the way to put it), but I read pretty much everything
    Recently, I'm really into Charles Dickens. I just read Tale of Two Cities, Christmas Carol, and David Copperfield, and I'm starting Great Expectations.
    Right now, I'm just about to finish Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, which I am loving!

    And fanfiction can be both extremely fun or extremely annoying. :)
    It's hard, when writing or reading fanfiction, to not overuse plots and still have your own originality toward everything while still writing in the authors universe and everything. But overall, it's normally fun to read!
     

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