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  1. Ashoo

    Ashoo New Member

    Jan 15, 2010
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    Hey All

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ashoo, Jan 15, 2010.

    I'm not good with intro threads so I'll keep it short and to the point. My name's Amanda (feel free to call me Ashoo though, everyone else does). I live in the UK (not entirely relevant here, but whatever) and I'm seventeen (eighteen in two months). I like brackets too apparently.

    I've been writing stories since I was, well, old enough to hold a pen and write coherently, or so I'm told. I still have most of them actually. Somewhere. I love writing, I just have a habit of starting a really great story and then not going on to finish it because I have issues with the middle part of stories. I'm doing alright with the one I'm on now though. I've taken a 'just right it all and then review it and rewrite later when the basic draft is done' kind of approach, which seems to be working. I know there are a lot, an AWFUL lot of Vampire stories out there - most of which I do believe have been brought on by the Twilight phase - but I've been writing about Vampire's since I was little, so I'm not about to change now just to be different. I gravitate towards Fiction in my writing. I do love me some Fiction. I definitely gravitate away from comedy because my sense of humour is a strange one. =P

    Aside from this, I was never wonderful at reviewing stories and stuff in my English lessons (ugh) but I shall definitely give it a shot.

    Anyway, that wasn't really as short as I wanted it to be, but I'm sure you'll all deal =)
  2. Coldwriter

    Coldwriter Contributing Member

    Dec 7, 2009
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    Some say in an idealistic bubble they cant wait to
    Welcome! You'll fit right in. I'm actually talking with a guy on here who abhors Twilight and is writing his own story about vampires. I first cringed when he told me that but after hearing about his story, I got really excited. He has a lot of depth and explores beyond the basic themes usually surrounding vampires.

    If you love it, write it!

    I love me some fiction, too!
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Amanda, 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
    Welcome to the WF! :D Hope you like it here. :)

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