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    Insomnia Driven Introduction

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ABStarns, Jun 24, 2009.

    It happens to be another one of those nights. The type of night when you desperately wish to fall asleep but quickly realize your churning mind won't allow it. Your typical options are to begin mindless binging, watch predictable late night shows or pull out some of those addictive little sudoku puzzles. Nope, none of those will work. You need something half way predictable such as, hmmm, such as writing! Unfortunately, you find that several nights of insomnia have led to you being near delusional and unable to put together a rational sentence. Damnit. So, moving on to the next best thing - mindless web surfing about writing. :)

    I apologize if that first bit of introduction doesn't make much sense but sadly the part about several nights of lack of sleep are true. Please bear with me :).

    My name is Ashley and I am a 25 year old married mother of one. When I was younger I would devour books and write odd little gems of fantasy fiction. Unfortunately I missed the midnight flight to Neverland and had to grow up. With that came the typical office grind and a family, which meant little time for myself. I stopped reading and ultimately stopped writing. Now I am back to both and grossly out of practice.

    I hope to lurk here for awhile, reading others reviews and advice until I can once again put together a story that will make an ounce of sense.

    Don't hold your breath :)
     
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    Hey Ashley! I'm Greg, and I and my cat (he's lounging on my desk), bid you good evenin' and welcome to the Writing Forums. I think you'll enjoy posting your work and reading others' works as well.

    I wish you luck on your path to literary enlightenment, and I hope to see you around.
     
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    Thank you so very much for your warm welcome.

    Oh and my dog, sleeping at my feet, says hello :)
     
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    Eh, you're welcome. I hope you find something to your liking around the Forums -- there's usually something for everyone's taste, and it can be very helpful for your writing. I know it's helped at least me.
     
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    Hello Ashley, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Just as well. Neverland hasn't been the same since the creepy guy took over.

    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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