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    Hey

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Anonymouse33, Aug 27, 2010.

    Hi, my names Ashleigh. I'm a new writer trying to find my feet in the publishing world. Some friends thought it would be a good idea to hook up with some writers forums to get a feel for what to do. Critiques, basic rules for publishing and so on. I look forward to learning alot here, and thankyou for having me.
     
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    Hello Ashleigh, 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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    Hello Ashleigh and welcome :)
     
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    Thank you :)

    Honestly, as a new writer it's alittle overwhelming. I dont know how many pieces I've scrapped in the past month, just because they didn't sound right.

    Mostly, I just have trouble with the flow and how to start out on the right foot with my first chapter. Introduce my character without being too overly descriptive, or too revealing about what's going to happen, but then when I do that, I find myself not being revealing enough about what's going on.

    It'll be nice to have help in developement, and I may run the plot line past the plot area to see if I can get alittle help on developing it, or if it should be scrapped.

    Sorry for the mini rant. :p
     
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    A story concept means nothing. I can tell you now, it has all been done before. What matters is how you write it, the characterization, the flow, the imagery, all of it.

    There's no benefit in asking what other people think of the concept! They'll either say,"Sounds great," or, "it sounds like a ripoff of..."

    If the idea stirs you, write it. Then ask people what they think of the final story. After they tell you what they don't like about it, revise it, usually several times, until you're happy with it or until you throw up your hands and say the hell with it.

    Please read this thread about What is Plot Creation and Development?
     
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    Thankyou. :)
     
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    Welcome Ashleigh. :)
     
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    Hi Ashleigh! Welcome to the forum and I hope you find the support you're looking for here!
     
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    Hey! Welcome to WF :)
     
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    Thanks everyone. :)
     
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