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  1. TristanThorn

    TristanThorn New Member

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    Another new member is born

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TristanThorn, Aug 21, 2010.

    Hi all, I'm Lloyd. I have only recently in the last 2 years found out how enjoyable reading can be, or moor specifically in my case fantasy novels. Each time I finish reading a good novel it gives me a greater urge to write my own stories and jot down the wild ideas floating around between my ears. I’ve written bits and pieces over the last year, trying to learn about my own technique and find out if I have the talent required to become a writer. However, what I have noticed is that it can be quite lonely starting out as a writer especially being new and having questions you don’t have answers too and no one to ask or give advice. Until I found this place, thank god. I was starting to doubt my abilities to succeed but reading some of the threads and posts on this site I can see it’s not just me chasing a dream. It’s nice to know you’re not alone. So anyway all that said I’m looking forward to offering advice where I can and post some of my own writing for reviews as well as making some good friends along the way. Thanks for the welcome in advance people (How stupid will I look if no-one welcomes me now :D)

    Anyone with MSN feel free to add me ;-) AmateurNovelist@hotmail.co.uk
     
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    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello Lloyd, 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!
     
  3. Soft Rains

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    Welcome!!
     
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    Hello Lloyd and welcome!

    I think you will find WF extremely helpful. I look forward to seeing you around! :)
     
  6. Shinn

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    Hello Lloyd and welcome :D
     
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    Welcome Lloyd
     
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    Welcome Lloyd. :)
    You're in Kent too, woo, high five! (I am too :p)
     
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