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    New, obviously.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by proceedcyclone, Nov 15, 2009.

    I created an account over a year ago, but after I poked around a bit, I never returned. Though my interest in writing has returned, every time I begin, I find myself growing bored or frustrated with my inability to write better. After experiencing what a writing workshop should be while working on our theses this semester, I think the ensuing burnouts are caused by the fact that I was writing alone, that I wasn't being challenged because loved ones like to smile and just say what a wonderful job we've done. So, here I am again, in an attempt to get excited about writing again.

    And, yes, while looking around, I've read all about the required two reviews prior to posting of my own work. :)

    -Tia
     
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    Hi. Welcome. I look forward to reading your work. What was your thesis in?
     
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    Each class' topic was selected by the professor teaching it. My professor chose love.

    We're not quite finished yet (next month), but we have another writing workshop this coming week, which I'm looking forward to because this last edit was rough.
     
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    Hi, uh, nice to meet you? As the topic is extremely general, what are you writing about?
     
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    Hello Tia, 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.

    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 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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    welcome....back! haha! :] nice to meet you!
     
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    I didn't want to tackle attempting to define or explain love as finding the precise language to do so is not part of my vocabulary and many of the ideas I had were quite pessimistic toward love, especially in terms of dating (I hated it and found most of it to be absurd and pointless). However, I'm getting married in less than six months, so I must believe in it somehow, which beget my topic: Why do people love, especially those who admonish love?

    -Tia
     
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    Thank you. Hopefully I'll stick around this time. I've made posts this time around, which is a good start. heh.

    -Tia
     
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    welcome back!
     
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    @proceedcyclone:

    That sounds very interesting. Good luck =).

    @Gigi_GNR:

    I like your quote ;).
     
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    Welcome, back, and definetly stick around not only can you get some great advice here but you find that most of us are quite sane and friendly people , i say most of us as i am a bit unsure on the sane part myself,
     
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    Thank you, I might need it. Thus far he said it was a good piece of writing but a safe piece of writing. I'm not sure exactly how to fix that, especially considering I felt like I was making some rash claims. He said to read against my argument, but when I do that, I find myself writing opposing arguments, which only seems to make it even safer. We have a writing workshop, though, this week and hopefully my group members can help me sort through the problem.

    -Tia
     
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    I hope so. I could use some more friends, too.

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