1. MissAshley

    MissAshley New Member

    Jun 8, 2013
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MissAshley, Jun 29, 2013.

    Alright so I'm Ashley and I'm from Indiana, but I'm originally from Myrtle Beach, SC.

    Writing is and always has been my passion and main career goal. I've been writing poetry since I could read and I was always that odd ball in school because I liked writing essays for English class.

    I was going to school for a while to pursue magazine journalism but I stopped going for financial reasons, and one of the reasons I joined this forum today is to explore whether or not I should go back. For the past couple years, I have accepted freelance writing opportunities but I'd like to be able to find something more stable with my my writing ability.

    These days, I still write poetry, essays, articles, song lyrics, and I own a blog where I tend to write a lot about life, relationships, women's topics, and social issues.

    Other than writing, I've got quite a few other interests. I love hula hoop dancing, yoga, zumba, and belly dance. I do a little modeling and have competed in a few beauty pageants which I will probably do 1 or 2 more before I retire from that.

    I work at a retail store which mainly keeps my roof over my head right now, at least until I can get more into some kind of writing work.

    It's nice to be here.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Ashley, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. 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 Writing Prompts, or the Writing Workshop, 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 site rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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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