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    Hi there

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ryc0v, Jul 28, 2011.

    Hi all,

    I'm a 21 year old Journalist and Student from South Africa; I'm currently studying towards my Bachelor of the Arts in English Literature and Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University.

    I am in my final year, and have always dreamed of writing fiction when I'm older (and hopefully have a little more money in my account), so I thought I should get some foundation work started on.

    I am a huge fantasy fan, although don't feel confident enough that I'll escape cliches to make a foray into that just yet.

    Until I have gained a bit more confident in my expression I aim to examine ways to convey different characters' perceptions of their worlds (and themselves).

    (Currently doing a course on Lord of the Rings and it's allegorical interpretations, as well as early English novels, ranging from Chaucer to Spenser.)

    Obviously I'm not here just to write, I always want to read others' works, and hopefully learn something from the more experienced!

    So in summary: Hi!

    :)
     
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    Hi! Welcome to the Writing Forums, hope you enjoy your stay here!
     
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    Hello Ryc, 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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