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    New, slightly hesitant person here~

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Zykinyx, Dec 18, 2012.

    Hello, i'm new nice to meet you all. I'm pretty much a beginner at writing but i love fiction stories mostly related to magics and stuff. Although there is something bothering me that would kinda hold me back from writing my own fiction story.

    Sometimes i can't shake the feeling that i would be writing a story that would be similar to another person's story. Now i know that it would be a really low chance of that happening but it's still possible. I'm kinda afraid of the whole "unintentional plagiarizing" where even though i made a story from my imagination, it would be similar to someone else's story from somewhere around the planet and i don't know about it. Still, i hope i would be able to overcome that feeling and be able to write a story on my own. Hope i can get help from you guys!~
     
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    There are fewer than a dozen plots, and every story is some variation on one of them. What's unique are your characters, and what makes them unique is you. You are unique and you should put a little bit of yourself into all your characters. (Which is not to say that all of your characters should be you. They can still have a small piece of you but be very very different.) Your characters and your voice will keep the story fresh.
     
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    Oh my Zykinyx I understand your feeling, I think about that too and sometimes it also holds me back from writing. However, Chicagoliz's right, what makes your story unique are your characters and the way you show the story, the way you tell it.
    So, I'd say go for it! :-D
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Zykinyx!

    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 requirements. 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, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) 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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    I feel the same way sometimes, that one of my stories may be similar to another. You just have to go for it, and read, read, read. Welcome to the forum.
     

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