1. Aimster

    Aimster Member

    Aug 11, 2010
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    Hello there!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Aimster, Aug 11, 2010.

    Hello everyone! My name is Aimee, I'm fourteen years of age and I live in the United Kingdom. :)

    I've loved reading and writing ever since I can remember, and I'm currently working on a fantasy novel as well as a few other short stories. Whenever I'm not busy with my friends, family and pets, I'm usually either reading, writing or singing. Recently, I decided to join a website to help me along with my creative writing, so this is the website I have chosen.
    Some of my friends and family think it's silly that I'd like to be an author some day, but I'm sure you can achieve anything if you really want it badly enough, right?
    I hope to get my work published some time in the future, although I'm still quite young, and I am nowhere near finished any of my stories.

    Thanks everyone, I'm really excited to begin posting here along with everyone else, have a great day! :D
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Aimee, 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. Shinn

    Shinn Banned

    Jan 1, 2008
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    New Zealand
    Hello Aimee and welcome :)
  4. Tessie

    Tessie Contributor Contributor

    Aug 8, 2010
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    Well hello, Aimee!

    Welcome to the forum.
  5. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
  6. Peerie Pict

    Peerie Pict Contributor Contributor

    Sep 10, 2009
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    Welcome Aimee, don't let anyone tell you what you can't do! We're all best at the things we enjoy aren't we so follow your heart.
  7. Zane

    Zane New Member

    Jul 24, 2010
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    Far away from someone...
    Hello Aimee, welcome to WF!
    Well you have your family´s support, and that´s very good!
    Please remember that with a positive attitude and hardwork, you can accomplish anything ;)
  8. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    Hello Aimee
    First, You are not silly for wanting to be an author and reading lots and writing lots is good practice.
    Second, I agree with you when you say (you can achieve anything if you want it badly enough) only I would say if you work at it hard enough and by reading and writing lots, you have already started out on the right track.
    Good luck and keep writing.

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