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  1. biddy

    biddy Member

    Aug 16, 2008
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    Somewhere in the Midlands, England.


    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by biddy, Aug 16, 2008.

    Hi. I'm new here.
    Not sure exactly what I plan to do, but thought joining this 'ere forum might be somewhere to start. I've spent a lot of time backpacking all over the world, and have built up a large collection of diaries. I'd like to 'do something' with them, but not sure what. I don't have dreams of writing them all into a book and becoming rich on it, but I do want to do something with them. I guess I'm hoping joining a forum like this will give me inspiration or ideas. [shrugs]
    I've started pulling out small anecdotes and writing them up as short stories. Dunno why! I'm actually finding that I enjoy it. I've not spent a lifetime as a frustrated writer, I'm new to it.
    When I feel brave enough, I'll p'raps put some of them up for review.
    Regards, biddy.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello biddy, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work should not be the very first thing you do here. It is really worthwhile 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!
  3. Palimpsest

    Palimpsest Senior Member

    Aug 15, 2008
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    Welcome to the forums! :)

    (My own family's got this intense wanderlust. Never understood it myself, but I say you'd definitely have an audience. Happy developing!)
  4. AnonymousWriter

    AnonymousWriter Contributing Member

    Aug 8, 2008
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    Hey :)
    Welcome to the forums.
    I'm sure you'll find some inspiration here to help you figure out what to do with your diaries.
  5. Perturbador

    Perturbador New Member

    Aug 14, 2008
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    Surrey, UK
    Hey, welcome to the forum :) I'm new here too. I find stories are so much easier to write when partially based on real-life experiences, so your diaries or short stories would be interesting to read.
  6. Kit

    Kit Contributing Member Contributor

    Apr 14, 2007
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