1. Chastane

    Chastane New Member

    Dec 17, 2009
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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chastane, Dec 17, 2009.

    Hi all. So I'm an American, but currently studying at Oxford in England. I've always been really interested in literature and writing, even though I'm studying for a social science degree. I've written a few things here and there in the past; most of my novels remain unfinished, however, although I've repeatedly drawn up plots - I guess I just lack the follow-through to finish any of them. >.<

    Anyway, I'm looking to take up writing again, mostly because I feel like my writing abilities have seriously declined.

    Among my interests are:
    • Jane Austen
    • Period Romances/Dramas
    • Fantasy Romances
    • Vampire Romances (as much as it shames me to admit)
    • Classical Literature (Shakespeare and the like)
    • Dickinson, Donne, and the sonnets of Shakespeare
    • Mythology

    I might post a bit of my work a little bit later...also, if anyone would like to suggest any books/authors to me, I'd love to check it out!
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Posting your own writing for comment 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!
  3. 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! :)
  4. Jewels In Autumn

    Jewels In Autumn New Member

    Apr 22, 2008
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    Great Lakes

    A warm Hello to you...

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