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    New member returning to writing

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pinkgiraffe, Jan 6, 2012.

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Hannah, but pink, or giraffe, or pinkgiraffe, or PG, or anything else you might want to call me is also fine. I'm 24 and live in the UK.

    For the last few years, I haven't been writing much, because I've been busy studying physics and maths and completely neglecting my creative side, which didn't go so well in terms of feeling happy and fulfilled. However, I'm now done with education and in the fortunate position of having a work-from-home job where I can set my own hours, which gives me time to get back into writing. I'm currently playing around with some short stories, although I'd ultimately love to write a novel. I write general fiction that is set in the real world, although am opening to expanding that horizon. I used to write poems but have completely forgotten how; I'd like to relearn how to do that.

    I have no formal creative writing training (beyond school), but have been an avid reader for 20 years. I'm soaking up all the advice I can from books on writing fiction and the Internet, and have started keeping a writer's journal where I jot down ideas for stories, and notes on the novels I read. The problem is that I end up with various fragments that don't fit together, characters without stories, and plot ideas that I play with for a while and then decide they won't work. I'm terrible at sticking to anything, and have frequent crises of confidence in my writing ability. I'm here for support, encouragement, honest feedback, and kicks up the backside to actually sit down and write something! New friends are welcome.

    I've always had dreams of being a writer, and always been told that it's a waste of time. But it's something that I've always wanted to do, and since that urge isn't going away, it's probably time I did something about it. I'm not currently thinking towards publication or making a career out of this, or even showing off my work to family and friends; it's just something I want to do, for myself.

    Anyway, it's nice to meet you all.

    H x
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Hannah!

    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.


    Banzai
     
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    Hello Pinky! I shall call you Pinky.

    I am a new member as well (you and I have already breifly conversed) and figured I would pop in and say hello.

    hello.

    Oh, by the way, writing is not a waste of time. Which you clearly know since you are ignoring those who tell you otherwise. Anyway I am interested to see what comes from you. I dont have any real education in writing either (yet) so I almost wonder if we will have similar styles/habits? Our few differences seem to be gender, country and the fact you read a lot. I dont read much (would like to more though). Anyway, good luck with the writing you do!
     
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    Pinky! I like it. I'll look out for your work in the forums in future.

    Thanks for the welcome guys. I will try my best to stick to the rules and provide constructive feedback. The 2:1 ratio sounds fair. By the way, am I allowed to submit stories/poems for the contest before my first two weeks have elapsed?
     
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    Pinky's cool i'm new here too so just wanted to say HI i live in the UK too. Weathers not too good here is it
     
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    This made me laugh. Though it shouldnt, freezing rain at my home now. =P
     

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