1. dizzyspell

    dizzyspell Active Member

    Oct 8, 2010
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    Wellington, New Zealand

    Why hello there!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dizzyspell, Oct 8, 2010.

    Hi, I'm Sarah.

    As demonstrated by my joining these forums, writing is a particular passion of mine. Sadly, over the last year, I haven't written nearly as much as I should have.

    I want to change that, so that's why I'm here.

    I know I get too caught up in details. For instance, a lot of what I write is religious satire, so I spend more time researching than I do writing, and don't get a lot done. I also spend a lot of my time doing character analysis, when what I need to do is let inspiration grasp me, and just take me where it will.

    Another reason I joined up is that I was a member of a few writing forums when I was a whiny high school student who thought they knew everything about their craft. I was really just looking to be told how awesome my writing was, because that's what I had been told in the past.

    And while I may have been above average, I certainly wasn't the best. So I was quickly disillusioned. And while it hurt initially to be told what was wrong with my writing, now I reflect on that as some of the best advice I've ever been given. So I'm looking to improve more, and help others improve, as best as I can.

    My style reads young. I'll be the first to admit that.

    I am young, I'm just finishing up my first year of university. But I love writing, and I want to get better. I will, too. :)

    Yeah, so thanks, if you bothered reading this. I hope to be quite active around here in the near future, and I look forward to getting to know you! :)

  2. Melzaar the Almighty

    Melzaar the Almighty Contributor Contributor

    Aug 28, 2010
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    Hello there! :D

    I have noticed that the first years at uni look really small and young compared to us third years. :/ It was quite scary, really.

    Hope we can give you a better writing forum experience than last time around - though you seem to be ready for it this time, so that helps. :p
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    I'm Sarah too. :p
    Welcome. :)
  4. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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

    Please read How to Use the Review Room 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 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 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!
  5. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributor Contributor

    Jun 12, 2010
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    hi there Sarah
  6. Lee Shelly

    Lee Shelly New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
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    Hi Sarah! Welcome to the forum. I hope to see you around, religious satire sounds very interesting to read. Stories, novels, what's your medium of choice?
  7. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hello Sarah

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