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    Write, yes, but how and when and why ?

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sada, Feb 7, 2009.

    Hello Everyone !!!

    While thinking about how to formulate my answer to a question of my English Literature course I committed a little sin, I was looking up the Internet and came across this forum and now, oh my oh my, I am afraid I will take some time out and will browse this forum to see what you're all talking about here ... and not get any homework done.

    I am Swiss btw. and yes, love chocolate and cheese, the mountains ... :)
     
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    Hello Sada, 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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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    This is definitely a place where you can get in a time warp! If you're not careful the hours will just melt away.
    Welcome, I'm new here too.
     
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    Hey Sada! Welcome to the WF!

    OoOo I love chocolate too.

    Nice to meet you
    - Jack
     
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    Well said. I'm proof of that; member not even a month with a senior member status. :p

    And, welcome to the WF! :) I'm sure you'll enjoy your time here; everyone is friendly and makes pleasent, intelligent conversation.
     
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    I just joined too - and though I haven't posted much, I find it more fun to just read everyone's work and the critiques following.

    Don't be intimidated by any of it; I was at first. :)
     
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    Welcome, I'm new too.

    Maybe all us new people should form and alliance and over-throw the current regime. We would obviously have to keep them captive so that they can still review our work. In fact this makes no sense, ignore me.

    Welcome
     
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    Thanks everyone and many thanks to Cogito for all the good advice.

    I have been doing home study course with an International Correspondence School. One of them was a Short Story Writing course which was quite tough, sure took the illusions out of me about writing being a simple exercise of chopping down a brewing story in my head.

    I also did it to brush up my English a bit :)

    Now I just started an English Literature course.

    The reason I joined this Forum is mainly to see, or better read, how others handle this *passion of wanting to write" tell a story, puzzle together a poem ...
    and as Cogito mentioned, play an active part in helping others along and listen to what others have to say about what I am putting into words can be a good exercise too.

    But hey, isn't it fantastic too to have a bit of fun and talk about whatever jumps into your mind and forget about grammar and tense and what have you :)

    ...
     
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    hey Sada,

    Welcome! I'm fairly new here, but love it. remember to take a break from the forums every now and then and actually write something though! Thats my prob right now!
     
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    he he, me too, I know I'd be very proud of myself if I finished what I am just doing now, completing the questions of my first test paper of that course I am on, send it in and then have a lovely glass of red wine with some bread and cheese :)

    What are you working on there ?
     
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    got a bit of a block with a novel idea I'm mulling.

    I recently backtracked over some of my fundamental ideas and I'm having trouble getting back in gear. Essentially I changed a major element of how my world worked and now I'm trying to get the new version working. Unfortunately the old version is still hanging around in the back of my head so I keep getting ideas along the lines of 'Oh, if I do this then...' and then realising it would only be relevant for the new version.

    For some reason my brain doesn't want to give it up!
     

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