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  1. saracens

    saracens New Member

    Dec 29, 2008
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by saracens, Dec 30, 2008.

    Hi I'm new to the forum and completely new to writing.

    i live in Essex in the UK

    I want to explore some ideas i have but at present i am researching how to become a proficient writer. I'm pretty average at grammar and spelling so I'm going to try to find a course to help me in this department.

    so i am as new as you can possibly be the only thing that is spurring me on is the great plots and ideas i have ......so hopefully in time ill learn and get there.

    any recommendations regarding learning,courses and publishing gratefully accepted.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    The best advice I can offer for learning to write is to read, read, read. I often read novels twice (or more). The first time, I let myself be taken by the story. If the book "grabs" me, then I go through it again, this time focusing on how the writer achieves that result.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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. Raven

    Raven Banned

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Senior Super Moderator.
  4. fantasywriter

    fantasywriter Contributing Member

    Jul 14, 2008
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    Welcome. I could help you out if you're ever in need. What style of writing do you prefer?

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