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    Nervous...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Erebus, Mar 26, 2009.

    Hi all. Been thinking about a creative writing course for a long time as I love writing poetry and am wondering whether I can move into short stories. Never know whether what I write is simple and childish so will welcome comments once I have read and commented on a few others.

    Very nervous about putting up anything as I'm sure others are but if I don't try...
     
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    welcome to writing forums erebus!

    lol. i've had similar thoughts. i've been in creative writing for years, writing short stories. only very recently have i ventured into poetry.

    don't worry about posting your work. you'll get very supportive feedback :D
     
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    Hello Erebus, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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 and welcome! :)
    Find out if there is a writers'group in your area, I find these very helpful.
     
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    Hey Erebus...Welcome to WF..and don't worry about putting your works up, ;) we all learn from our mistakes.
     
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    Hey Erebus! Welcome to the WF!
    Nice to meet you
    - Jack
     
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    Thanks for the welcome everyone, much appreciated
     
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    Same Erebus or different Erebus?
     
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    Different I assume as this is my first step into posting anything I write
     
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    Welcome! Don't be nervous, we're all friendly people here :)

    Only advice I have.. don't take critiques too personally, as they aren't a reflection of the opinion of the person giving the critique about the writer. Sometimes that takes a long time to learn.

    ~Lynn
     
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    Erebus, eh? Any chance you're a fan of Shaun Hutson? Just a thought. Anyway, nice to meet you, sweetheart!
     

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