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    Hiya

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chchazel, Jun 1, 2009.

    Hi everybody,

    My name is Charlene and I am an aspiring writer - as if that isn't obvious by my presence here...

    I hope to get some constructive criticism on a novel I am working on and hope that my opinion will also to be useful to some here.

    Looking forward to getting to know the forum and the users here. :D
     
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    Heyllo Charlene. I'm Hedge or Greg -- whichever you feel like.

    -- Do you have any hobbies or interests?
    -- What genre is your book?
    -- Is South Africa hot?


    Welcome and do enjoy your stay. Have fun on your path to literary enlightenment.
     
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    Hello Charlene, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop.

    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). 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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    Hi Greg

    Sorry for the delayed response...I am just starting to work my way around the site :)

    I am somewhat musical - keyboard and failed attempts at getting my violin to sing sweetly for me...and reading of course is a passion.

    The genre is somewhat supernatural but it is centred on the main character's inner growth throughout the events of the book and I have really only just started so I don't have much to even post as yet. It took me ages to decide on a storyline and even that is hazy at this point...So far, I am developing the characters and where I want the story to go, and I am hoping to start actively writing soon.

    South Africa can be quite hot in the summer months but I live in Cape Town so it is very cold and wet during the winter like now.

    How about you? How long have you been writing for and what are you writing at the moment?
     

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