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    Well hello there

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Foderak, Jan 31, 2011.

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Kate and I'm excited to have stumbled upon this site. I've been passionate about writing for quite a while now and I'm looking forward to talking to others who feel the same way I do :)

    In the last few years, I've done blogging and whatnot but recently I've decided to try my hand at a longer piece of work. It's been a challenge but I have to admit, I love the idea of being able to create complicated characters and situations and actually have the ability to develop them in pages rather than just sentences in a blog posting.

    Since an introduction wouldn't be complete without basic facts, I'm a fairly recent graduate with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and I'm smack dab in the middle of my mid-twenties life crisis. While my life path is confusing and I'm not sure what the future has in store, it gives just me more material to use in my writing. Oh yeah, I suppose this is also a perfect time to tell you that I always look for the upside in situations
    Haha

    I look forward to talking and growing as a writer with you guys and I hope you have a wonderful Monday evening!
     
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    Howdy Kate!

    Sounds like you got a long history connecting you to writing, which is completely awesome. We kind of both popped up on this site around the same time. I’m glad to meet you! You seem to be looking for the same things I am (likeminded people).

    As a side note on character development: What I always do is have three distinct characteristics in mind for each character (Joker, Cocky, Smart, some examples) and I try and remember the character as if I was remembering a person that I didn't know very well. To keep continuity, I just think back to those three characteristics (very lose definitions, and very vague characteristics) as a really wide outline. Real people often have a 'wide' range of personalities, so making super specific characters might not be the best route.

    Take care, good luck with writing, and see you around!

    Peace.
     
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    Welcome to the forum! :) I look forward to seeing some of your work here.
     
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    That's the attitude. :p
    Welcome. :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Hi and welcome :)
     
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    Hello Kate, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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 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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