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  1. Sanehouse

    Sanehouse New Member

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    Hello!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sanehouse, Nov 13, 2008.

    Hello. I stumbled upon this site through Google, and decided to check it out.

    I love writing, but unfortunately I have never gotten past the first page whenever I try to write novels. I always get bored when reading my own writing, so I scrap the books.

    I'm here to involve myself in the discussions and hopefully improve my writing.
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Hello Sanehouse, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You might want to start with short stories, then. You can work with fewer characters and simpler plot combinations, and develop writing thechniques you will carry into a novel when you are ready.

    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. Sanehouse

    Sanehouse New Member

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    Thank you, Cogito.

    Is there an easy way to find articles on writing as opposed to searching thread after thread for useful information? Basically, is there a section of this website just for guides?
     
  4. flashgordon

    flashgordon Contributing Member

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    Welcome to the forum Sanehouse... hopefully this site will help you get past that first writing block.
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
     

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