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  1. Proficere

    Proficere Member

    Jun 26, 2020
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    Howdy Doody

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Proficere, Jun 26, 2020.

    I'm currently in the process of moving, but when I'm not busy hauling (or sneezing from all the dust) I like to doodle and write. Sometimes I combine the two... but I've yet to finish or come up with anything solid.

    Like with art, I am self-taught when it comes to writing. I don't have any formal knowledge on writing. I just basically had a lot of fun roleplaying and coming up with characters/worlds so here I am- hoping to meet some new and interesting folk and possibly learn me a thing or two!

    I'm not much of a reader (I know it sounds silly) but I enjoy medieval-fantasy type settings. Preferably the dark/realistic kind. The easiest example I could give is Witcher, but I sorta fell out of love with Geralt when I started reading the books. The game gave me the option to make him cool. ;(

    My own writings will reflect the genre. I'm currently building the foundation of the world right now, but once that's done it can branch out into multiple directions (sci-fi, slice of life, etc). I just... need input. I struggle with something called PMDD and can get incredibly clumsy. There are weeks where I've made edits and then when I 'wake up' I try to revert everything back to what it was before. I know I need feedback, and I hope to find it here.

    As I unlock these features.

    Anywho, thanks for stopping by!
  2. Jocelyn Rouselle

    Jocelyn Rouselle New Member

    Jun 20, 2020
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    Hi there, nice to meet you. I'm Jocelyn Rouselle. I also enjoy roleplaying, creating characters and the lore around them. If you need help with your stories, im always happy to help, we fellow writers and poets gotta stick together
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  3. Steve Rivers

    Steve Rivers Contributor Contributor

    Dec 15, 2019
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    Quarantining before it was Cool
    Welcome Pro!
    I love dark/gritty fantasy, so I'll always have a browse over whatever you put up.
    I think many of us will understand and sympathize with you on the reverting to a previous version part. We all go down the wrong path at some stage in a story, sometimes hideously. :) So I'm sure folks will help you out with it whenever you feel its headed off-track.
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  4. jannert

    jannert Retired Mod Supporter Contributor

    Mar 7, 2013
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    Hey, Proficere

    I’m one of the forum moderators, and I want to welcome you to the forum. I can certainly relate to dust and sneezing, having had our entire house rewired two years ago. Yikes. Anyway, good luck with the move.

    As for what you want to write...you've told us the kinds of stories you're interested in. But what you'll need to do, at some point soon, is decide what FORM you want to use to tell these stories. Are you planning a novel, or series of novels? Short stories? Movie or TV scripts? Role-playing games?

    I'm always a bit concerned when somebody says they want to be a writer, but then admit they don't actually read. If you're planning to create a non-visual story, such as a short story or novel, you really will need to read to get a feel for the medium. You'll need to learn how to make a story—plot, setting, characters, emotional context—come to life for your readers WITHOUT being able to use pictures. Imagine somebody trying to write a movie script who never watches movies. Or somebody trying to write a computer game script who has never played one. (Me. :) ) I think you do need to become familiar with exactly what you want to create. There are many MANY ways to tell the same story. Find the one that suits you, then you can start to build towards it.

    Keep in mind, that no matter what your interest, there will be books and written stories out there for you to enjoy. So don't let what you might have got stuck with at school put you off reading in general. The Witcher is available as a series of books. (I know, because I read one.) Game of Thrones originally WAS a series of books before it became a TV series. And etc.


    In order to help you get oriented and get settled, here are a couple of links I strongly recommend that you read at the start, if you haven’t already. They will give you a good idea of how we operate here on the forum:

    New Member Quick Start

    Forum Rules

    You will notice in the New Member Quick Start that in order to post your work in the Workshop area—the only area of the forum where you are allowed to post your work and ask for feedback—you will need to do at least two critiques for other people, in exchange for receiving feedback on one of your own pieces of work.

    This site is designed around the concept of members helping each other out by ‘paying it forward’—through our two-for-one critique system. So do two critiques, THEN you can post something of your own. This advance 2:1 ratio lasts as long as your membership here—although it is your own responsibility to keep track of your own ratio. The software doesn't keep track of it for you, beyond your first two critiques.

    In order to help you get started doing critiques, here is a link to a good article written by one of our former moderators: https://www.writingforums.org/threads/constructive-critiques.20627/

    One of the popular areas of our forum is our contest section. There is a monthly contest running for Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry. You can enter these ongoing contests, even as a new member. And we really encourage you to visit the site, read the current entries, and vote for your favourite when the voting period starts. This means a lot to the people who have written these entries. And it will also give you a good idea of what our members are capable of writing.

    While the Role Playing Game section is not new, it’s being given a revamp. So if you are interested in playing and writing Role Playing Games, you might want to visit this section and get in on the fun. https://www.writingforums.org/threads/resurrecting-the-dead-rpg-section-rebuild.165055/

    I hope you have fun getting to know us and let us get to know you, via the posts you make. Please feel free to explore the forum. There is a lot under the hood. This site map might help you find your way around more quickly than the menu bars do, so feel free to use it. https://www.writingforums.org/faq/

    If you encounter any difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the other moderators, whose names appear in yellow at the bottom of the Community page. We will be glad to help.

    Again, welcome!

    Cheers for now,
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