1. Lionheart

    Lionheart New Member

    Jan 13, 2010
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    Roar :P

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lionheart, Jan 13, 2010.

    Hi there! I'm Lionheart, or at least that's what I go by when visiting this crazy digital world that exists beyond my desk. I don't want you thinking I'm some lunatic crime-fighting vigilante who dresses as a jungle animal or sumfin'. I have a real name too!

    I'm a 25 year old guy from London who has been writing in some form or another since I was about 16 (again, don't take that statement too literally! I mean I took an active interest in creative writing at that age, I wasn't some dribbling monkey for 16 years trying to figure out how to hold a pen!)

    I'm self educated since the age of 13 - secondary school just wasn't quite working out for me, and I didn't trust the orthodox home schooling methods, so I thought 'Sod it, I'm gonna learn me some knowlidge all on myself!1'

    Fantasy is my poison. Swords, shields, sorcery, and sandwiches - And nothing gets me all giddy inside quite like seeing rich, real, and layered characters come to life in front of me. Makes me feel a little bit like God.

    My inspiration comes from video games, music, and the world around me that often scares me so very, very much.

    So that's me. I'm currently writing my first novel, a high fantasy currently titled 'Shadowthorn', and it's coming to life exactly as I had hoped it would.

    I look forward to being a part of this community - I hope you all can help me as much as I hope to be able to help you help me!

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Lionheart, 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!
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Welcome to the WritingForums! :D Hope you get everything you need and more out of this site, and enjoy being here. :)

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