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    Trying to take a hobby further down the road

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by princessysh_19, Jun 13, 2013.

    Hey guys,

    My name is Vaishnavi, and as my name would tell you, english is not my first language. But I grew up reading books right from the age of 3 (From Enid Blyton to Agatha Christie to Classics to Jeffery Arcers!) and I've wanted to be a writer ever since I remember. But it has always been, and stayed a hobby. The more I drowned in my studies the more I lost touch with it.

    I used to write harry potter fan fiction and small stories for my friends during high school, but hardly attempted anything serious.

    I'm not looking to publish, just to pursue my hobby, and see where it takes me.

    I have a lot to learn, and I joined the forum only to learn from my peers. Interact with people of different origins and understand the different techniques of writing. I hope to do that by joining your community.

    So, I'm excited about this...
     
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    Hello, Vaishnavi, and welcome to this very friendly forum. I am in awe of somebody who SPEAKS more than one language, never mind writes in more than one language! Since you have read many English language books over the years, you must have a good idea what is needed. Good luck, and look forward to seeing what you've accomplished thus far with your 'hobby.'
     
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    Thank you jannert :)
    I can speak four different languages and understand 2 more but I can write only in English. My first ever book was an Enid Blyton short story and since then my love for the writing grew.
    Am glad to be here with all of you and hope to make some good friends as well :)
     
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    Namaste Vaishnavi, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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.

    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 Writing Prompts, or the Writing Workshop, 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 site rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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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    Namaste :)

    Thank you so much, I will look into it
     

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