1. Nadine

    Nadine New Member

    Dec 1, 2010
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    Leeds, England


    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Nadine, Jan 2, 2011.

    Hello everyone my name is Nadine and I'am from England currently having a lovely holiday in Nevis!

    I am currently writing a fantasy/sci-fi novel based in space and has a lot of conflict and battle scenes with and without guns, which will end up being a 4 part series. Im half way through the first novel, now at a big battle scene and I am enjoying writing soooooo much I wish I had started earlier but everything happens for a reason lol.

    I have a great friend who has a degree in creative writing and we meet up every two weeks so he can look over my work, so I am blessed to have a mentor.

    I am always looking to improve my writing skills and knowledge and gather any tips I can get to better my novels. I am contestly googling for help tips or guides to help me along. Also use my library a lot to read the books they have on creative writing or writing fiction. Just got 'writing fiction for dummies' for christmas, so looking forward to reading that.

    Also I have been trying to read scf-fi and fantasy books to study the types of writing, but now on holiday I am reading a true story (got a little side tracked lol) so any advice on which books and films to watch will be greatly welcomed. I wanted to read a star wars book but I am totally lost as to which book is best to read first or which one will help me the most!!

    So hello everyone again and I hope to be getting used to this site and using it to its full potential

    Nadine xx
  2. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome Nadine. :)
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Welcome, Nadine. :)
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Hello Nadine, 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!

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