1. Mifio
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    Hey

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mifio, Aug 23, 2011.

    Quite a boring thread name, I realize. Oh well. Hey. I'm Mifio, more commonly known as Matt. I'm a high school graduate, 18. Pretty standard stuff. Blah blah.

    I've always had a fascination with writing creatively. I'd write when I was bored, when I was tired, ill, in school, up late. I ended up dropping writing for quite a few years before relapsing into it this past year. My problem was, and still is, my lack of ideas, and lack of drive. I start writing and scrap it only to move on to something completely different.

    I use the same characters and change the setting and story, hoping to spark that match made in heaven. So far little luck.

    But in the meantime my writing could use a little work, which is why I came here. I figure I could use some criticism. Good or bad.

    So. Uh.

    Hey.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    Welcome to the WritingForums. :)
     
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    Welcome to the Writing Forums! :)
     
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    Welcome! :) I imagine your characters are quite developed.
     
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    Hey Matt,

    Don't worry about the inability to finish a story. It's better to scrap a story that you don't love in search of that perfect idea, than to force yourself to finish, as that takes the fun out of writing!

    What might help is if you plan your story in advance. Some writers feel that it 'cramps their creative style', however, if you have difficulty keeping at a story then it might very well be because you lose track and get frustrated. Just something to think about.

    Welcome to the forums, and enjoy your stay :)
     
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    Hehehe, yeah. The one thing I'm absolutely certain in is character development. I know exactly where they start and where I want them to end up. :p

    I actually had planned to do this with the next attempt. One thing all of my stories had in common is that I either ran out of ideas, or lost track of where I was/wanted to go. Problem is, I'm not a very organized person to begin with, :p.

    Either way, I was going to attempt it. One of my friends writes a great deal as well, and I saw how he preplanned each chapter, as well as had an idea of what he wanted to do with the entire story. So I was figuring on doing that.

    And to Gigi and Jayyy; why thank you! :)
     
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    Hello Matt, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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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    Welcome to WF, Matt!
     
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    Hi Matt Welcome! :) hope this place really helps you find your spark! :D
     
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    Haha, this is a bit late, but welcome, Mifio! :D

    Though I doubt you're not as good as you think, you should try to read as much as you can. I've discovered that this has cured me of my writer's block and given me the boost I've need for months.
     
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    Hello and welcome Matt
     

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