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    I'm Not a Real Writer

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Invid, Jul 30, 2009.

    Howdy everyone, or hola todos, as I would say in the language I'm currently studying as a hobby(español es muy divertido!), you can call me Invid.

    Ok everyone, this is how you know I love to write too much. I wrote a very long introduction only to have my computer crash. When I booted my computer back up my post was still here and I looked at it and thought, wow, useless drivel! I definitely needed to cut the fat out of that post.

    I've written before, and despite sins against the English language people still seem enthralled by the plots I'm able to display. Perhaps this is because I'm a day dreamer, but it might also be that I'm mentally handicapped and people enjoy trying to figure out the puzzle pieces that I am able to perpetually spit out. Hmm, I wonder how misleading that last sentence was. No, I'm not actually classified as mentally handicapped, or at least I hope not.

    I want to write a great book someday, maybe I'll get lucky and I will write something that isn't necessarily a linguistically beautiful book but will still be captivating none the less. I doubt my words will ever trail from my lips in such a soothing fashion that my grammar would need less work than my plot.

    I think I will try my hand at the essay of the week contests until I actually win, which may end up becoming an eternal quest, but such is the price of excellence. :p

    My main interest in writing is a fictional setting in our modern world. I.E. what life is already like plus some extra things that make it more interesting. I'm not a fantasy adventure junkie.

    Meanwhile, do you know what a really good way to get a grip on your own language is? Learn another one! =) Cheers everyone.
     
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    hey Invid! welcome to writing forums! hope you enjoy it here and can't wait to see what you can write!
     
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    Thanks Murphcas, I really appreciate that you took the time to make me feel welcome. :)
     
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    Si, espanol is muy divertido, no es abburito. Me gusta espanol!


    1 1/2 years of Spanish. :D

    Hey! Welcome to the forums, I'm Gigi. Hope you have fun here!
     
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    Jaja Gigi, beso beso.
     
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    There are few things more valuable to a fiction writer than a vivid imagination, day dreamers ftw ^^
     
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    Hola Invid, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    So just how are you not a "real" writer? Is there a secret handshake no one has told me about?

    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.

    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 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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    Oh Cog, just show him the hand shake already!

    lol. Welcome. Not a real writer? Ever head the phrase "an inch enlightened, an inch buddha"?
     
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    I've never heard that phrase before but I'll have to remember it.

    I may resort to going to a place where I can RP, in order to get into writing shape, before I come back here. I thought this place was going to be full of people like me, but unfortunately the patrons of this site write so vividly and with such detail that I am barely able to make even one criticism that is worth mentioning. But hopefully I will return. I may have to wait until after I start college and am refreshed after taking English courses again.

    Well, we'll see eh? Thanks for giving me such a warm welcome everyone. :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums, Invid. Room for everyone here, so enjoy your creative journey.
     
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    Hi to you,
    that was a really original new members post, from what I can gather...and it came across exactly like my ridiculous brain ramblings when I can't switch off (pretty much whenever I'm not sleeping)...I'm also of the daydreamin' variety, which I had revelations about very recently involving a succession of flashbacks from childhood to the present where many people said things like 'you're living on cloud cukoo land' etc etc - and I though it wasn't atall obvious!

    Kerry :love:
     
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    Welcome invid;
    I'm not sure what a real writer is either but watch out for the secret handshake, it sounds too much like that malke bonding thing and the floors still sticky from the last time!
     

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