1. SonofDestiny

    SonofDestiny New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
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    Changing tongue

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SonofDestiny, Jan 13, 2013.

    Dear writers,

    I'm a Dutch student, 22 years old and have been interested in writing since I was fourteen. However, my native language doesn't appeal to me. Although it's capable of describing the world in an adequate manner, it doesn't have the brilliant quality that English has. It is my dream to work and live in the UK or the US someday and I believe that having a natural way with the English language is mandatory in order to be successful in this. I'm also interested in becoming a better fiction writer and a better songwriter. My biggest obstacle is my English proficiency, especially when it comes to self-reflection. Obviously, a native English speaker has a big advantage over me: he or she knows when something is correct or congruent in a situation, whereas I'm left with my Dutch high school/undergraduate level of English. Apart from my proficiency in English, I think I do have an aptitude for reviewing others' work in terms of the feelings the work evokes in me, and will happily do so!

    Feel free to always correct my use of English... be it punctuation, grammar, spelling, archaism, being overly formal... whatever you find wrong, please let me know! Criticism doesn't phase me since I'm honestly here to become much better than I am right now :)

    For anyone that is interested in what I do in life apart from writing: I play the guitar, sing a bit, study what interests me and have a good time with my girlfriend. I value open-mindedness a lot and believe in people that have dreams, regardless of their size. In my time here I hope to help aspiring writers on their way, but since I'm not native English, I will probably be very humble in my feedback :)

    All the best and see you around!!!

  2. BritInFrance

    BritInFrance Active Member

    Nov 7, 2012
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    Hi SonofDestiny, welcome to the forum. It might be a good idea to put the request about correcting your English in your Signature. That way every time you post on the forum people will see it. Happy writing.

  3. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, SonofDestiny!

    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 requirments. 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.

  4. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi and welcome to the forums.

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