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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by theyoungweatherman, Dec 29, 2008.

    Hi Im theyoungweatherman and I am new to this forum

    Having somewhat ventured in many fields such as science( meteorology), math(always been quick in that field) and business and tech(been making websites, forums and blogs since 12). I decided to venture into another field, literature, one which I have been thinking of doing since I was 6.

    I decided to bring an idea of mine when I was 6 back to life and hence I decided to write the story the little chicklet.

    I think I still lack the english and literature skills to really write a good story, but my imagination is fueling me on this one, lets see how far it will take me.

    I'm glad I found this community and I think it will be great help to my writing.
     
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    Hello Weatherman, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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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    An old member, but a new introduction :)

    Hey guys,

    Long story short, I joined this forum at the young age of 15, where my writing aspirations were just just budding ambitions.
    I did not write for the the right reasons. Needless to say, my skills were not nearly adeque enough to produce a polished piece of writing. However, my ego and my vulnerable self-esteem rejected any kind of critism coming my way( afterall, being 'good' at writing was one of the few things I took pride in). Though I abondoned writing completely a year later, writing has always been something that's in me.

    Now 3 years later, coming off probably the worst year of my life, I just started to renew my writing aspirations. However, my writing skills are currently extremely raw.

    There are a few things I need to improve right off the bat. First off, my grammar is unembaressingly horrible for someone who has aspirations of being a author. My inability to keep up with the habit of reading made me almost ashamed to call myself a writer. Thirdly, probably my biggest problem right now, is how difficult I find it is to convert the active hotpath of thoughts in my head to polished sentences in a brief amount of time.

    With that being said, I am almost definitely trying to find any advises I can to get me started.

    What classics and/or contempary books do you guys personally recommend to read? How to improve on grammar, sentence structures, choice of words and the basic 101s of writing? How to be mentally focused and quickly put thoughts into words? What advises do you guys have in general for a budding young writer?

    I look forward to participate in this community and develop my writing skills with you guys for the years to come! :)
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, theyoungweatherman!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself and Cogito) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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