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    Just another newbie

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ratty, Apr 14, 2011.

    But I thought I'd introduce myself anyway :)

    I'm Ratty

    (hey Ratty)

    I'm 14 years old and I'll confess, I'm a book-a-holic :3

    (*everyone claps*)

    [See what I did there? With the ultra corny "oh its a therapy meeting" start? No? No one? Is that tumbleweed I see...?]

    I've been addicted to written word for as long as I can remember after I was able to decipher the squiggles into things my brain was capable of understanding. My first book was "The Cat in the Hat" which I eventually learnt to read from after my mum grew tired of my constant pestering for her to read it to me. There's only so many -at rhymes someone can take before they're driven clinically insane.

    It was around the time I got to reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" that I realised I might be able to write some stuff too although actually, looking back, I've barely written anything notable.

    Recently I took part in NaNoWriMo (I hope some of you guys on here took part - it was great) and managed to "win" which was awesome. Only now I've been left with 50,002 of complete and utter gibberish.

    Fan-bloomin'-tastic.

    I look forward to meeting you guys on here and just hope that this introduction hasn't been filled with so much cheese that the smell has driven everyone away. ;)

    -Ratty
     
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    Hey Ratty. :)
    *claps*

    Nice book choices, and I took part in NaNoWriMo but failed for various reasons. :p
     
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    Don't worry about not completing NaNo - it is so grueling. I came really, really close to not doing it myself as well :)

    Bhaha, thank you for your blandishment of my book choices. Some people might find them to be challenging reading but I strive to read the hardest of hard core books. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is probably the epitome of this but never mind XD

    Not that there's anything wrong with CatCF. I've read it cover to cover many, many times. :) Ahhh, those were the days.

    -Ratty
     
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    It was my first time doing NaNoWriMo so I blame that as well as university and stuff. Better luck next time, eh. :)

    Haha, yes, Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss are great.
     
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    David McKee is awesome too, though, don't you agree? ;)

    Gah, University sounds stressful. I dread the day I'm old enough to go there - though at the same time, look forward to it immensely! Are you taking English or something completely unrelated?
     
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    Oh yes, David McKee is top of course. ;)

    It is stressful, but thankfully the Easter holidays have come. :) I'm studying Creative Writing - so not related at all... >.>
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum:)
     
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    Ah ha ha, my main character in my favourite story I wrote when I was about your age was called Ratty. :D

    Welcome!
     
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    Hello Ratty, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 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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    Wow, I didn't even know you could do courses in creative writing! I'd definatley better check those out when the time comes :)

    Yay for Easter holidays! I'm sure you are very deserving of the break :) I'm using this time just to read and write/edit more since work seems to stop me from doing a lot of creative stuff which is depressing :(
     
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    Err, okay I pressed send before I was meant to (because I'm even a klutz on a computer) so here's what my message before it was "sent before its time into the breathing world, scare half made up" (but hopefully my post won't want to turn into an evil villain and seize the throne of England):

    @Eunoia - Wow, I didn't even know you could do courses in creative writing! I'd definatley better check those out when the time comes!

    Yay for Easter holidays! I'm sure you are very deserving of the break :) I'm using this time just to read and write/edit more since work seems to stop me from doing a lot of creative stuff which is depressing.

    @Midnight Phoenix - Thank you! :) I feel very welcome now.

    @Melzaar the Almighty - Haha cool! You never know, I could be your character haunting you on this forum long after you'd stopped writing them in an attempt to make you reconsider your story ;) Write me, wriiitteeee meeeeeeeeeeee!

    @Gigi_GNR - Thanks!!

    @Cogito - I'd like to put some of my work on here maybe so thank you very much for the heads up!

    Thanks to you all again for your awesome welcomes - I feel like I'm at home already :D
     
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    Okay, but the Almighty Melzaar is also from that story and she and Ratty had a pretty epic battle of the wills going, so we may have to spend the time we know each other being extremely sarcastic about everything the other says. :p

    I have been thinking of re-writing that story though. Ratty was an amazing character. :)
     
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    Yeah, just be aware that they can be a bit hit and miss, make sure you choose the right place (if you want to do that course).

    I am, been so busy with deadlines so glad I can relax and have some decent free time. :) Aw, it sucks when other things take over so you can't read and write much.
     

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