1. Cataclysmic

    Cataclysmic New Member

    Jan 6, 2010
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    West Yorkshire

    So I've Finally Decided To Be Social...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cataclysmic, Jan 6, 2010.

    ...and join a writing forum! You have no idea how out of the ordinary this is for me, but I'll have a go. You all looked such a nice community ;)
    So this is me, a teenage writer who finds writing anything that’s not fantasy terribly boring (I can read non-fantasy though, and do, with surprising regularity :))
    Besides writing fiction I love poetry. The way words fall into a beat never fails to captivate me and I have inspiration when doing something totally unrelated (eg. taking down the Christmas tree today)
    Other than writing I love going to the theatre and can't get enough of the atmosphere in the production industry. I can't perform to save my life, but love to help out backstage.
    That's all I suppose. I hope I stay here and meet loads of fellow writers, and develop my own style, as I'm seeing a lot of holes in it recently.
    TTFN x

    P.S I've never written one of these before. Sorry if it sounds like an informal CV, it felt like one when I was writing it ^^;
  2. x_raichelle_x

    x_raichelle_x New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
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    Hartlepool, UK
    Hello hello :)
    Glad you decided to be social, thats always a good thing!
    This is a great place to be, socially and writing-ly, so I hope you have a fab time.

    Rachel x
  3. Pallas

    Pallas Contributor Contributor

    Aug 29, 2009
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    Welcome to the forums, hope they can be of help to you.
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Cataclysmic, 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!
  5. 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. :)
  6. writewizard

    writewizard New Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    Hello and welcome to the writing forums!

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