1. pheonix1974

    pheonix1974 New Member

    Feb 12, 2010
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    Sheffield, England

    Hello from the sanity of an insane household!!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pheonix1974, Feb 14, 2010.

    Hello to all fellow writers,

    I never considered to myself as a writer until I was encouraged by my partner. the whole thing began when my eldest daughter asked me to help with her literacy homework. I had a go at it myself and came up with an idea. The idea has since become a topic of conversation between myself and my partner. Building to the idea for a childrens story. It is quite a complex idea and needs planning out before I can write it.

    In the meantime, I have been having a go at short stories. Entered a couple of competitions which have not ended as yet. I would love feedback on my work, so i can work on the areas that need improving. I have not been able to post any of my stories on the website yet, as I am a new member. I also use other writers stories constructively. Not by using their ideas, but by seeing how their stories read and how grammar is set out.

    Whilst writing the short stories, i have come up with three amazing ideas for stories. I have made story plans for these, but refuse to work on them until I have a better knowledge of writing

    I look forward to communicating and chatting with everyone, and I would also appreciate any help and advice you can give me.

    Nice to me you all, chat soon


    BUDDY GORGEOUS Active Member

    Oct 20, 2009
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    Welcome Pheonix!
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Phoenix, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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!
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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