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  1. GummyBearSpaghetti

    GummyBearSpaghetti New Member

    Apr 13, 2011
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    Well Hello.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GummyBearSpaghetti, Apr 13, 2011.

    Hey everyone. I'm new here (obviously). My name is Brittni. I'm 21 years old. In my teens I was really big into writing poetry, but haven't wrote anything in a long time and just feel really out of the loop. Writing used to be my escape, and now every time I try to write, I feel like I am just blank inside!!
    Please help!!
  2. funkybassmannick

    funkybassmannick Contributing Member

    Mar 22, 2011
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    Chicago, IL

    A great thing to do is to review other people's poetry. It doesn't have to be anything super intense, just what you liked about the poem and how you would suggest they improve it. This will help you get a better feel for what you want to write.

    Also, I wouldn't worry too much about writing "bad" poetry. It's probably been a while, so you need to build back up to the super creative poet you once were. Just write a short, silly poem, then another one that's supposed to be deep but it sounds cheesy, etc. You'll find your muse eventually.
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
  4. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Hey, and welcome. :)
  5. Jayyy1014

    Jayyy1014 Jerrica Contributor

    Apr 9, 2011
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    Hello, and welcome to the forums. I also wouldn't worry too much about becoming the poet you once were. Once you start reading other people's poetry and how they re-did their piece to make it better, you will probably more than likely start to become the poet you once were, It will just take some time, Stick with it though, don't grow unpatient with it. :) good luck.
  6. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you post there. 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 Writing Workshop, 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 Writing Workshop, 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. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop 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 Writing Workshop 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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!

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